Commuter Students

Students who live off campus enjoy many of the features and benefits of those who live in student housing. Our vibrant commuter student community can take advantage of any number of services and activities on campus.

Upcoming Events
Commuter students can enjoy a variety of events throughout the semester specifically tailored for them as well as events open to all of our traditional ground students.

Student Events

Commuter Resources
Commuter students at GCU can still enjoy a variety of our campus amenities, including:

  • Our 50,000-square-foot Student Recreation Center, complete with a full suite of fitness equipment and a variety of fitness classes suited for a range of skill and fitness levels.
  • A 6-lane bowling alley and lounge area on the lower level of Thunder Alley.
  • Two resort-style swimming pools.
  • A variety of clubs and student organizations.
  • A wide range of intramural sports, including flag football and sand volleyball.
  • An array of student-only events ranging from a relaxing Movie on the Lawn to heart-pounding Division I athletic competitions.

Grand Canyon University is also pleased to offer a lounge reserved for our off-campus students to relax between classes. Amenities include:

  • Free lockers (first-come, first-served; sign up in Student Engagement)
  • Refrigerator
  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Free commuter lunches, brunches and give-a-ways (check semester calendar)

Commuter Life Leaders

Life Leaders exist to intentionally provide Christian leadership that is focused on building relationships with both Christian and non-Christian students throughout the ground campus. Life Leaders hold weekly Bible studies, meet with students individually as needs arise and intentionally connect with students in hopes that the Lord will use them to make an impact in His Kingdom as He sees fit.

Trip Reduction Program

To make commuting less stressful and more convenient, Grand Canyon University offers a number of commuter-related incentives and subsidies for employees and students* who live off-campus. These include:

More Information
For bus route information, call Valley Metro Transit Information at 602-253-5000 or log on to

For more information about commuting, contact the GCU student transportation coordinator at 602-639-6501.

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* Online students are not eligible

Important Updates

New Commuter Drop-Off Location - 32nd Ave. entrance by Building 21 (Ethington Theatre)

Life Groups

Are you interested in connecting with fellow students? The Office of Spiritual Life offers Life Groups for commuters. Life Groups are:

  • Small group Bible studies
  • Led by Life Leaders
  • Held on a weekly basis
  • Held at various times and locations throughout campus

To learn more, please contact the Office of Spiritual Life at 602-639-6750 or email

Contact Us!
Stay in touch! To learn more about commuter life, email us at or visit our Facebook page.