The Commuter Lounge, in the basement of Ely Center, is one of the favorite on-campus hangouts for commuter students.

Opened in the Fall of 1995, it offers a variety of amenities such as a place to rest, to watch TV, and to work at the computer lab, as well as access to videophones, a small kitchenette that includes a refrigerator and a microwave, locker storage, and, most of all, a place to study. There is also a playroom for children to play with toys while parents catch up with their schoolwork.

Front Desk

The front desk in the Commuter Lounge is supervised by Commuter Lounge Assistants (CLAs), who are available to provide services and information to all commuter students.

The front desk in the Commuter Lounge.


Commuter students may reserve a locker at no cost. The Commuter Lounge will provide locks for students to use. Any commuter student wishing to reserve a locker should come to the Commuter Lounge during the first week of school and fill out a reservation form. Lockers are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Locker area in the Commuter Lounge.

Kitchenette with Refrigerator and Microwave

Commuter students may store food in the refrigerator and use the microwave as well.

Kitchen in the Commuter Lounge where students may store their food and use the microwave.

Study Area

The study area has individual desks for commuter students to study alone, as well as a circular conference-style table for group study or work.

Commuter Lounge study area with individual desks and a circular conference-style table.

Campus and Services Information

There is a wealth of information for on- and off-campus resources and activities for commuter students.

Commuter Lounge information for resources and activities for commuter students.

Videophones (VPs)

The Commuter Lounge has three Sorenson VP booths.

Commuter Lounge video phone booths.

Computer Lab

The computer lab has several computers with internet access for commuter students to do homework or to read e-mails.

Commuter Lounge computer lab.

Living Room

The living room is a space for commuter students to rest, watch television, and interact with each other.

Commuter Lounge living room.


The playroom is an area where children can play while their parents do their homework or study. The playroom has toys for the children to play with.

Commuter Lounge play room for children.

Commuter Programs Contacts

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Contact Us

Commuter Programs

Ely Center B02

(202) 510-9594

(202) 651-5144

(202) 651-5651

8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

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