Here are some important resources for students who commute to campus:
Dining on Campus
Commuters may wish to purchase PLUS which is additional money you can load on your DU Card. When PLUS is applied, your DU Card works like a debit card for food. You can spend PLUS at every Duquesne University Dining Services location on campus. As an added bonus, you will receive a percentage in additional PLUS dollars when the funds are loaded onto your card.
You also have the choice of purchasing PLUS Plans, which are larger amounts of PLUS that can be billed to your student account. For more information, visit Duquesne Dining.
Renting a Locker
There are approximately 100 lockers on the 1st floor of the Duquesne Union. Locker rentals are issued on an annual basis from August through May. To start a new locker rental agreement or renew your current locker, please fill out the locker rental agreement form which can also be found on the Center for Student Involvement Campus Link homepage.
Duquesne's commuters utilize various forms of transportation to get to and from campus. Depending on where you live, some transportation options may be more feasible for you than others.
Parking on Campus
For students who drive to campus, parking permits for both garages and surface areas are available for sale through Parking & DU Card Services. Garage parking permits usually sell out before surface parking permits, so be sure to purchase your permit early to guarantee your preferred parking location. Parking permits can be purchased on a semester, academic year or annual basis.
As a courtesy, jumper cables are available for students who may have a dead car battery on campus. They can be borrowed from the Office of Commuter Affairs using your DU Card.
South Side Shuttle
The South Side Shuttle operates Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The shuttle arrives at Duquesne approximately every 15-20 minutes. It does not operate on weekends, scheduled breaks/holidays or over the summer.
Public Transportation including UPass Program
The Pittsburgh Regional Transit (formerly known as Port Authority) of Allegheny County operates several public bus routes that serve Duquesne's campus and provides information on bus routes, bus schedules, fares, rider alerts, trolley "T" schedules, park and ride lots, etc. If you don't know which bus to take, Pittsburgh Regional Transit's trip planner is a great tool that allows users to enter their starting point and destination to see which buses are available during a specific time period.
Through a unique partnership with the Pittsburgh Regional Transit, discounted bus rides are available to all students, faculty and staff who enroll in Duquesne University's new UPass program. Through an app on your mobile device, you can ride anywhere Pittsburgh Regional Transit travels at a discounted fare of $1.74 per ride (compared to the $2.75 regular price).
Electric Scooter Guidelines
The University is supportive of the City of Pittsburgh's Mobility Collective and the intent of sustainable, safe transportation. The City's recent pilot program for electric scooters is certain to provide opportunities that may benefit the region, when their use is restricted within safe and appropriate parameters. For example, nearby bike trails adjacent to Duquesne University's campus might be an appropriate and safe venue for the electric scooters.
However, the University has serious concerns about the use of electric scooters on its campus. Duquesne often experiences dense pedestrian traffic, and the campus terrain includes steep inclines. As a result, Duquesne has for several years expressly prohibited scooters from campus under the Student Code of Conduct (except those used as a mobility accommodation under that Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)). In addition, Duquesne University has active concerns that the City's pilot program electric scooters are being left in pedestrian pathways, ramps, doorways and other areas that are potentially unsafe and could negatively impact accessibility.
For safety, accessibility, and other reasons, Duquesne prohibits the use of all electric scooters on campus, including those under the City's pilot program, unless as an approved ADA accommodation.
Duquesne is working with the City to designate campus as a No Ride Zone for the City's electric scooters, to geo-fence campus as a No Ride Zone (meaning that electric scooters will not operate on the University's property), and to effectively communicate these limitations to scooter riders.