What will I experience as a commuter student?

You will experience esprit de corps, fun, excitement, and feelings of accomplishment, self-worth, and camaraderie. You will experience the strong sense of responsibility, support, and service that we strive to maintain. You will also experience personal satisfaction and fulfillment as you participate in university and organizational events.


What kind of support and services are available to commuters?

 The same support and service, with few exceptions, is offered and available to every student of Longwood University. The offices of Residential and Commuter Life, Leadership & Civic Engagement, Student Union and Activities, Academic and Career Advising Center, Fraternity and Sorority Life, University Career Center, Health and Wellness Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, RCL Advisory Board, and Campus Recreation, Office of Student Conduct and Integrity, among other offices, are here to serve you and make your years at Longwood constructive, enjoyable, and memorable.

In addition to the opportunity to join a fraternity or sorority or any of the organizations registered on Longwood, as a commuter student you are automatically a member of the RCL AB (Residential & Commuter Life Advisory Board).

Longwood University offers a variety of experiential opportunities to ensure the healthy growth of mind, body, and soul of each of its students: toward this goal, Longwood offers commuter students a place in the Lankford Student Union to gather between classes and communicate with fellow commuters. In the Commuter Student Lounge (Landings SW Lounge (Middle of Chick-fil-A building) you will find a home away from home atmosphere: a kitchenette with sink, refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave along with sofas, magazines, and a television so make yourself at home!

In addition to the lounge area itself, within the lounge complex you will find the office that our Professional Staff members use throughout the week. Our staff members are here to help you, so please let us know if you have questions.


What must I not forget to bring?

 Bring your smile, your enthusiasm, and your willingness to participate, learn, teach, and develop into a responsible citizen leader. Do not forget your honor and integrity, your laptop computer, headphones (if you wish to listen to music or play games on your laptop), change, gas money, homework, books, supplies (paper, pens, pencils, etc.), lunch (if you do not participate in a meal plan) and never ever leave home without your Lancer Card (student ID card)!


What should I leave at home?

Leave behind your preconceived notions and prejudices: come prepared to meet the friends you have not made yet and dive into the fun and service-oriented activities we have planned for you If you expect the worst, you will be pleasantly surprised by the friendly, helpful, and social atmosphere. If we do not meet all of your expectations, you are welcome to help resolve the issues that concern you.


Where do I park and how do I get a parking sticker?

Campus Police maintain a virtual parking map that shows the designated RED painted curbs and commuter parking lots where you may park. Consult your Parking Regulations pamphlet for additional information regarding parking rules.

You may pay for your parking pass online through myLongwood or in the Office of Cashiering (Lancaster 201A). Following your purchase, you can pick-up your parking pass in the Office of Cashiering from Laura Rice, Parking Services Manager. If you have questions about your parking pass or payment call the Office of Cashiering at (434) 395- 2660.


If I have a problem, question or concern what resources are available to me?

We have four staff members to help serve and assist our Commuter Students if a problem, concern or question arises:

  • DeAndre Howard, Assistant Dean of Residential and Commuter Programs 
  • Mary Winn, Landings Residence Education Coordinator (REC) at (434) 395-2958 
  • Brittany Mabry, Area Coordinator for Apartments & Commuter Programs (AC) at (434) 395- 2959 
  • Jesse Schrader, Lancer Park Residence Education Coordinator (REC) at (434) 395-2514

When in doubt you can email commuter@longwood.edu or call our office at (434) 395-2080


What if I have more questions?

  • Review the Longwood website at longwood.edu
  • Check out the Site Index
  • Visit our online Feedback/Questions page
  • Email RCL at commuter@longwood.edu 
  • Visit the Office of Residential and Commuter Life in Lancaster G-13 or the Commuter Lounge office, which is right off of the Commuter Lounge in Lankford Union.