Commuter Students

Commuter Student Services

We realize that our commuter students are on the go. At Canisius, the Commuter Student Association (CSA) is your campus connection. CSA encourages campus involvement and provides a variety of programs and services to foster a sense of community.

If you have any questions or concerns, stop by the CSA club room in the tunnel level of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center, Room WC07 or email us at @email.

Whether you ride a bike, take the metro, or drive a car to campus, we have you covered.

Commuter Lounge
The commuter lounge is located in the tunnel level of the Richard E. Winter '42 Student Center.  It is open to any student looking for a place to relax and hang out with friends between classes and meetings.  There are two televisions, lots of comfortable couches, many computers, and magazines for student use.

Commuter students may sign out lockers at no charge for the duration of the school year.  All lockers are located in the tunnel level of the Richard E. Winter '42 Student Center.  Lockers may be reserved in the Office of Event Services beginning on the first day of classes.

NFTA Program
The Undergraduate Student Association (USA) now distributes monthly NFTA CRAM Pass on an as needed basis. You may contact the USA or Student Life at 716-888-8300 for additional information.
Motorist Assistance Program
The motorist assistance program assists students, faculty and staff if your keys are locked inside the vehicle, you need gas, air for low tires or a jump start.  Public Safety Officers will also call your auto club and wait with you if you are in a deserted area late at night.  Just call Public Safety at 716-888-2330 for assistance.

Shuttle Service
Shuttle bus service is available from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m., 7 days a week, when classes are in session during the spring and fall semesters.  Public Safety also provides escort service on an “as needed” basis to students and staff who request it.  To call a shuttle or Public Safety escort, pick up any campus phone and dial 2330.  The Public Safety Dispatcher will send a shuttle bus or escort to your location.  The driver will not leave until you are safely inside your car and it starts.

VIN Etch Program
To help you protect your vehicle from theft, the Department of Public Safety offers the VIN Etch program several times a year.  The VIN Etch program is the permanent etching of your vehicle's federally-registered Vehicle Identification Number on the windows of your vehicle.  Etching the VIN onto the windows of your car makes it less desirable to professional car thieves and helps recover the vehicle if it is stolen.  There is no cost to you and participation in this program may save you up to 15 percent on your car insurance. 

VIP Program
The Valuables Identification Program is a free program which enables you to engrave your valuable property with your social security number, create an inventory list of your property, and obtain a photographic record of your property. This will assist you and law enforcement in the identification and recovery of your property in the unlikely event it is stolen and also make your property less desirable to thieves. Contrary to popular opinion, not all items are marked with serial numbers. Those that are, are usually equipped with stickers which are easy to remove or tamper with. 

Commuter Services is based in the Office of Student Life, found in the lower level of Dugan Hall. We are here to help with anything you may need as a commuter student. We hope that the resources provided on these webpages are useful and informative to you. If you feel it is lacking anything, please feel free to let us know. To contact us, please click here.