Commuter Students

As a commuter student, you are an essential part of the Bethel University community and we want to help you get involved. Participating in social events, chapel and other aspects of student life will help you get the most out of your experience at Bethel. We encourage you to spend time on campus getting involved in activities, hanging out with friends and making an impact on others. We’ve put together some important information to help you get started.

Hang Outs

Looking for a place to hang out between classes? The Acorn, located in the lower level of Sailor Residential Center, offers students snack and meal options as well billiard tables, ping pong, student meeting space and a lounge with a television.

Sufficient Grounds Café is the college’s coffee shop. Various meal, snack and drink options are available as well as plenty of comfy couches.

The Bowen Library also offers a number of study rooms and Mae’s Corner, a reading room with comfortable seating.

Student lounges with vending machines are also located on the first floor of the Middleton Hall of Science, the bottom level of the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center and on the second floor of the Miller/Moore Academic Center.

Fitness facilities are available to all students during posted hours in both the Wiekamp Athletic Center and Sailor Residential Center. Your Bethel ID is required for admittance.

Food Options

Commuter students have the opportunity to purchase a block meal card for $55 to be used toward any 10 meals in the Dining Commons. These meals are entered onto your Bethel I. D. card and will carry over from year to year. Please stop by the main office in the Dining Commons during business hours to add meals to your card, or purchase online.

A variety of meal and snack options are also available at Sufficient Grounds Café and The Acorn in the lower level of Sailor Residence Hall. Read more about food options.


Registering your car

Visit Campus Safety

All students with a vehicle on campus must register through the campus safety office. Before starting classes, take your vehicle registration, proof of insurance and Bethel I.D. to the campus safety office to register and obtain a parking permit. Students must follow Bethel’s motor vehicle regulations and park in the designated areas. Your permit must be updated each year and there is an annual fee that will be applied to your student account.

Chapel attendance

About Spiritual Life 

Commuter students are encouraged to attend chapel services each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 a.m. Chapel is required for commuters if they have a class scheduled immediately before or after chapel. Contact the Student Development staff with any questions concerning chapel attendance.