#072 – What’s Special About Commuter Students?

Once your student has made the decision to commute to college, they’ll need to think about how to make the most of their experiences. Parents also need to think about how to best support their commuting student. In this episode Lynn and Vicki share some ideas about questions to ask during the admission process, shifting dynamics at home, and what both students and parents can do to make the college transition smooth and fulfilling.

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As we think about commuter students, we’re thinking about students who live off campus and not in university housing. Some students are living at their family home and others may be in their own apartment. And we discovered that there are a lot of them.

We wondered whether there are as many commuter students in other countries. If you have had any experience living off campus in a country other than the United States, we’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments. Let us know!

We shared some specific questions to ask during the admission process, how to anticipate and handle some of the shifting dynamics at home, and what students and parents can do to make the experience a positive one.

If you’d like to follow up on some topics related to commuter students, here are some articles that may be helpful:

College Parents Can Help Freshmen Understand the Differences Between High School and College

#025 – College Parenting Up Close: When Your Student Lives at Home

Helping Your College Student Living at Home

Should My College Student Live Off Campus?

Study Away — Alternative to Study Abroad

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