A large group of students, parents, and family at the First Year Commuter Welcome on Monahan Plaza on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

Programs and Services

Off-Campus Student Life (OCSL) offers a variety of programs and services for students living off campus -- whether across the street or across the Twin Cities. Monthly Bagel Wednesdays (the first Wednesday of each month) and our annual Study Day Breakfast in the fall bring together neighborhood students and distance commuters.

We also have programs that serve specific populations of off-campus students.

Commuter Services and Information

  • Commuter Mentor Program
  • Residency Requirement
  • Commuter Mentor Program

    The Commuter Mentor program pairs incoming, first-year students with a commuter mentor (CM) who can serve as a resource throughout their first semester. Each mentor works with a small group of commuters and plans activities and events to participate in as a group. Groups meet throughout the fall semester to discuss campus resources, activities and being a commuter. Not only do first-year students connect with their mentors, they also form connections within their group. Your CM will keep you informed of campus events and be available to answer questions you may have.

    For questions, or to double-check who your commuter mentor is, contact us at offcampus@stthomas.edu.

    Residency Requirement

    Beginning in the fall 2021, all first-year students will be required to live on campus during their first and second years.  Students can request an exception from the residency requirement.  More information on what is considered an exception can be found on Residence Life’s website.  Financial aid is available to assist students with the cost of on-campus housing. 

    Commuter Mentor Program

    Commuter Mentor Program

    The Commuter Mentor program pairs incoming, first-year students with a commuter mentor (CM) who can serve as a resource throughout their first semester. Each mentor works with a small group of commuters and plans activities and events to participate in as a group. Groups meet throughout the fall semester to discuss campus resources, activities and being a commuter. Not only do first-year students connect with their mentors, they also form connections within their group. Your CM will keep you informed of campus events and be available to answer questions you may have.

    For questions, or to double-check who your commuter mentor is, contact us at offcampus@stthomas.edu.

    Residency Requirement

    Residency Requirement

    Beginning in the fall 2021, all first-year students will be required to live on campus during their first and second years.  Students can request an exception from the residency requirement.  More information on what is considered an exception can be found on Residence Life’s website.  Financial aid is available to assist students with the cost of on-campus housing. 

    Students Who Are Parents

    It is our hope to provide you with easy access to information that will help support you in your experiences both in and out of the classroom at St. Thomas.

    University offices and departments linked to this site have specific and helpful information for you. If you are still not finding the information you need or would like to talk about a specific issue not listed here, please contact Josh Hengemuhle at jahengemuhle@stthomas.edu.

    Housing Resources

    A staff member in Off-Campus Student Life can provide a student with useful information about off-campus housing options around the area. Unfortunately, there are no on-campus housing options for students who have dependent children living with them. Please call (651) 962-6138 for additional information. You can also visit our off-campus housing website. Off-Campus Student Life is located on the second floor of the Anderson Student Center, ASC 218.

    Housing Resources

    Financial Aid

    The Financial Aid Office can provide a student with useful information. A financial aid counselor can help students with financial aid information and resources to finance a St. Thomas education. Please call (651) 962-6550 to set up an appointment with a counselor. Financial Aid is located on the first floor of Murray-Herrick Campus Center (MHC).

    Admissions

    Financial Assistance

    The Business Office can provide a student with useful information concerning tuition payments. A counselor can help students plan methods of payment to finance a St. Thomas education. Please call (651) 962-6600 to set up an appointment with a counselor. The Business Office is located on the first floor of Murray-Herrick Campus Center (MHC).

    Illness of a Child

    It is important that parents understand the attendance policies on their course syllabi. If a parent needs to miss a class due to their child being ill, the parent should contact their professor immediately to notify the professor of the reason for their absence.

    Other Resources

    Scheduling

    Academic Counseling can provide a student with useful information concerning scheduling and course emphasis. An academic counselor can help students plan classes around their needs. It is helpful to make a degree plan and plan several semesters ahead, because not all classes are offered each semester. Please call (651) 962-6300 to set up an appointment with a counselor. Academic Counseling is located in the Murray-Herrick Campus Center, room 110.

    Academic Counseling

     

    Center for Well-Being

    The Center for Well-Being is an integrated health and well-being center, partnering the services of:

    • Health Services
    • Counseling and Psychological Services
    • Health Promotion, Resilience and Violence Prevention

    Please call (651) 962-6750 for additional information. Health Services is located at 35 S. Finn Street (between Summit and Grand Avenues).

    Center for Well-Being


    Center for Student Achievement

    The Center for Student Achievement is designed to serve as an online hub to connect students to University of St. Thomas resources aimed to help students explore options and opportunities, provide support and enrich their academic experiences. Many departments at St. Thomas offering tutoring services to help students succeed.  Other resources include the Center for Writing, the Mathematics Resource Center (MARC), Disability Resources, and Academic Counseling.

    Center for Student Achievement

     

    Diaper Changing Stations

    There are convenient diaper changing stations in the Anderson Student Center. They are located in both the women's and men's restrooms on the first and third floors of the building. The family room located on the second floor of Anderson Student Center is another option available by request through Tommie Central. 

     

    Locations for nursing and pumping

    Lactation rooms and diaper-changing facilities are available on campus for students who nurse their babies. Locations, where mothers have felt comfortable nursing their children and/or aspirating milk for future use, include:

    St. Paul Campus:

    • Anderson Student Center (ASC)- Family Room on the second floor. Request access at the Tommie Central desk on the first floor. The Family Room is equipped with a comfortable chair, side table, fold-down diaper-changing table, and small refrigerator.
    • Anderson Athletic & Recreation Complex (AARC) 137- Large single-user restroom with an outlet and a bench. 
    • Murray-Herrick Campus Center (MHC)- Second Floor Restroom, near classroom 211, has a separate lactation room with a lockable door and chair. 
    • Brady Educational Center (BEC) 202- Request a key from BEC 05 if the door is locked. This office closes daily at 3:30 pm. The space is accessible from the stairwell as well as from the stairs behind the stage.
    • O'Shaughnessy Educational Center (OEC) 103- Luann Dummer Center for Women, availability dependent on LDCW schedule. Please contact the LDCW to reserve the space. 
    • Center for Well-Being (CWB) 131.

    Minneapolis Campus:

    • School of Law (MSL) Lower Level Restroom- The back room of the women’s restroom is equipped with a comfortable chair, cabinet or side table, fold-down diaper-changing table, and small refrigerator.
    • Terrence Murphy Hall (TMH) 100A- The key is available at the front desk typically from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Outside of those hours, the key can be obtained from Public Safety. 
    • Terrence Murphy Hall (TMH) 153E- Reservations recommended. Please call Jordan at 651-962-4131 to make a reservation or email execed@stthomas.edu if they cannot be reached. Drop-ins are welcome but space is subject to availability. 

     

    Funding Assistance to Aid Students with Child Care

    The Post-Secondary Child Care Grant Program helps low-income undergraduate students who have young children pay for child care while the student attends classes. Information about this grant can be found on the Financial Aid website.