About 20% of our students commute to campus. It’s a great choice for students looking to balance personal, work, or family commitments with their education, and for students already working full time while enrolled at Nichols.

Our Commuter Council hosts events to bring the entire community together, and our commuters find lots of opportunities to enjoy the Nichols campus through student involvement.

Financial Aid for Commuters

To further help students, trustee emeritus Gerald Fels and his wife, Marilyn, generously offer a $5,000 scholarship to Dudley and Webster residents who commute to Nichols in their first year. The Fels Commuter Scholarship is renewable, for a total value of $20,000.

Questions about transitioning or financial aid opportunities? Contact the Office of Admission at or 800-470-3379.

Meal Plan

Commuter students can check out our meal plans here. Eating on campus is a great way to make new friends, conduct group projects, and embrace the Nichols campus culture. The newly-renovated Lombard Dining Hall and the Fels Student Center are both ideal places to hang out, study, and relax.

Tips for Commuter Students

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) offers this advice to students considering commuting:

  • Study on campus—after classes and on weekends.
  • Organize regular study groups.
  • Include time to meet with your professors in your daily schedule.
  • Work on-campus.
  • Get involved in a student club.
  • Join an intramural sport team.
  • Participate in student government.
  • Take public transportation or carpool so that you have more time to study.
  • Eat in the dining halls.
  • Make an effort to meet new people from different backgrounds, even if some of your high school friends are going to the same college.
  • Make friends who live in residence halls.