As an out of province student, one of the toughest decisions I had to make after deciding to attend York University was whether to live on campus or to commute. Although the convenience of living on campus eventually persuaded me to stay close to York, I have often wondered how being a commuter student would have influenced my university experience.
If you are a mature student who commutes, you are part of the significant population of students who travel from all over Toronto and the GTA to come to York. From speaking with students who make the commute to York, it seems to me that a common challenge for many commuter students is difficulty in engaging in campus life. For example, meeting new people on campus can be difficult if the only time you have to socialize with other students is during classes.
One of the ways you can become more engaged in campus life is to get involved with some of the activities that occur on campus. York has a number or student groups and associations that welcome new members throughout the year. YU Connect, a hub for co-curricular activities at York, is an amazing resource if you are looking for ways to get connected. Another way to get involved is to connect with the college you are affiliated with. With more than 90 percent of students in each college being commuters, most of the activities and events that are provided by the colleges are designed with commuters in mind. If you are hoping to meet other mature students, you might want to join the York University Mature Student Association or the Student Association for Single Parents. Although the winter semester is coming to an end, keep in mind that there are always opportunities for students to get more involved at York.