Commuter Students

Welcome to your home away from home!

Who are commuters?
Commuter students are all students who live off-campus. This includes undergraduate commuters, graduate students, non-traditional students, students with children, and transfer students.

But just because you don't live here, doesn't mean SMU isn't home. So we want to be sure you know all of the services and resources available for you!

Services and resources

Commuter lounges:

  • The Trautman Union Building
    The TUB is a place where commuting students can relax and study or be active and socialize with friends. Equipped with a microwave, the TUB provides students many spaces to eat their lunch, study, and socialize with other students.
  • Campus Ministry lounge, Old Main 201
    A perfect escape, complete with refreshments. Stop by and grab a cup of coffee, a bottle of water, or a soda pop or stay awhile and relax.

Counseling services, Old Main 203
A supportive place for faculty, staff, and students.


Commuter Advisory Board (CAB)
The ASSMU Senator of Commuter Students along with a number of other active commuter students regularly update at Facebook Page with lots of information about ASSMU, events on campus and other insider tips!

Intercity Transit
Intercity Transit is the public transportation provider for Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Yelm. All SMU undergrads can use their student ID card to ride local routes free of charge! Check out their website for more information on routes, schedules, and fares.

At the beginning of each semester lockers located in the TUB are available to rent. To find our more information or request a locker contract the Office of Campus Life.

Meal plans
Explore your dining options and purchasing Saint's Cash to make dining on campus as easy as possible.

Parking permits, Old Main 251
Saint Martin's University provides free parking within walking distance of campus facilities for students, staff, faculty, visitors and vendors. The university issues permits for using its lots to accommodate vehicles driven to campus. To obtain a permit bring proof of insurance and your license plate number to the Office of Public Safety, located in Old Main 251.

The Office of Campus Life is committed to serving the needs of the commuter student and strives to provide events and programming that accommodate their distinct preferences. Join us for the following regular programs:

  • Commuter student lunches - First Wednesday of each month in the Trautman Union Building from 11:30am-1:00pm. We provide the lunch and you meet other commuters.
  • Movie and event tickets - Make sure to keep any eye out on discount tickets available at the Concierge Desk in the TUB. $5 Regal movie tickets and local sporting events and concert tickets are available during the academic year.
  • Kid's Club holiday parties - Do you have children or younger siblings (age 12 and under)? Campus Life hosts parties for Halloween, Christmas and an Easter Egg Hunt each year.

Office of Campus Life