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Tips and FAQs for Commuter Students

Quick Tips for New Commuters

  • Don’t forget to complete & return immunization paperwork to Health Services.
  • Sign up for Iona’s Emergency Text Alert system.
  • Schedule your classes to fit your work/travel needs (register for classes as soon as your registration date becomes available).
  • Exchange contact information with at least one person per class in case you are absent so you can find out what you missed. This is also a good ice breaker as you make new friends.
  • Have a backup route to get home in case your bus or train runs late or if roads are flooded, etc.
  • Obey on and off-campus parking rules and traffic patterns. The parking garage is one way up and one way down.
  • The Campus Speed Limit is 10 mph.
  • Please don’t rev your engines!
  • Take the Gael Express from the New Rochelle transit center to the LaPenta Lot.
  • Depending on the route, buses stop running around 7 p.m. and are more limited on weekends. Plan your schedule with your travel needs in mind.
  • Check your Iona email every Wednesday for “This Week at Iona” with a list of all the events for the upcoming week.
  • Check your email because that is Iona’s official way of communicating with you!
  • Read the FAQs below for more information on Commuter Life at Iona.
Click each question to expand answer.
  • Where are there campus computers for student use?

    You can access computers in both Ryan and Arrigoni Libraries. You can also access computer labs on the ground floor of McSpedon Hall, Ryan Library, Arrigoni Library, and in the LaPenta Student Union on the ground floor.
    See a complete list of computing facilities.
  • I have a lot of classes in one day, so I have to carry a lot of books. Do you have locker rentals?

    You can rent lockers for $25/semester in the Office of Student Development, which is located on the second floor of the LaPenta Student Union. The lockers are located on the ground floor of the LaPenta Student Union in the Commuter (Vending) Lounge.

  • Where can I spend my time between classes?

    In addition to spending time in any of the dining areas on campus including the Vitanza Commons and LaPenta Marketplace, commuters can also spend time in the Arrigoni or Ryan Libraries, in any of the computer labs on campus, in empty classrooms, or in the LaPenta Student Union. The LaPenta Student Union has a commuter vending lounge, computer labs, the Unity Lounge, a game room, and a prayer room. Commuters may also decide to work out in the Hynes Athletics Center.  Iona wants its commuters to feel at home everywhere they go on campus!

  • How do I get involved on campus?

    A great way for commuters to get involved is through the Commuter Student Association. CSA meets every week during an activity hour. Contact the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services to learn more. Commuters can also learn about all of the clubs and organizations on campus by visiting the Office of Student Development on the second floor of the LaPenta Student Union. Also, keep an eye on your Iona email for “This Week at Iona,” a weekly email of upcoming Iona events.

  • What is a Commuter Assistant?

    Each first-year commuter is part of a cohort of other first-year commuters with an assigned commuter assistant. A commuter assistant is a returning commuter student leader who works for the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services. Commuter Assistants reach out to their cohort members multiple times throughout the year, host cohort meetings and events, contact students via text, email, and/or social media, and collaborate on commuter and campus-wide programming initiatives. Commuter Assistants help build community among commuters, get commuters connected to the larger campus community, and serve as a resource for their cohort members. Communicate regularly with your commuter assistant!

  • Where do I go if I want to participate in service projects?

    To learn more about service and civic engagement opportunities on campus, visit the Office of Mission and Ministry on the second floor of the LaPenta Student Union.
  • How do I get a job on campus?

    While some offices only hire students with Federal Work Study, you can review a list of campus jobs on this site.

  • Can commuters have a meal plan?

    First-year commuters have a meal plan that consists of $200/semester in points that can be used at on-campus eateries. Returning students and first-year commuters can also add money with as little as $100, which can be used at on or off-campus eateries. Students eating on-campus do not pay tax when using their meal plan. However, when adding money to the off-campus meal plan, students can also eat at any of the off-campus eateries accepting the Iona meal plan
    Learn more about the Off-Campus and Commuter Student Meal Plan options.
  • How can I save money on my commute?

    Metro-North does NOT offer discounts to college students.  You can buy discounted MetroCards for the Beeline Bus system and New York City Subway in the Office of Student Development on the second floor of the LaPenta Student Union.  These cost $22. Students can use the Gael Express, a free Iona shuttle to the New Rochelle Transit Center.  To review the Gael Express schedule, visit
  • Where do I park when I come to campus?

    Iona students are encouraged to park on campus! You just need a free parking pass, which you can get in the Office of Campus Safety on the second floor of the LaPenta Student Union. Students can park in spaces with white lines. Yellow lines are reserved for Faculty/Staff. The most popular student parking lots include the parking garage behind the LaPenta School of Business, Montgomery Lot (near the soccer field), and Summit Lot behind Murphy Center (enter on Summit Avenue). Do not park in reserved spaces or yellow-lined spaces. Parking for students is also NOT permitted under the North Avenue Residence Hall.
  • Tell me more about commuting to Iona!

    Take the bus?
    • MetroCards are on sale in the Office of Student Development on the second floor of LaPenta Student Union. They cost $22. You need a MetroCard or quarters to ride the Bee-Line bus. You can also buy MetroCards directly through the MTA.
    • Bee-Line bus schedules are available in the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services on the second floor of LaPenta Student Union.
    • Many of the Bee-Line bus routes stop running around 7 pm and run on a limited basis on weekends.
    • The #45 bus stops directly in front of Iona College. The #61 stops at the corner of Fifth Avenue and North Avenue. Additional routes are available at the New Rochelle Transit Center.
    • The #45 takes students from Iona College to Pelham Bay in the Bronx where they can get the #6 subway.
    • For more information:
    Take the Gael Express?
    • The Gael Express is run by the Office of Campus Safety.
    • There is NO per ride cost for students.
    • The shuttle picks up students in the LaPenta Parking Lot. 
    • The shuttle goes to the New Rochelle Transit Center.
    • For the Gael Express schedule and additional information visit
    Take Metro-North?
    • Unfortunately, Metro-North does not offer a discount for college students.
    • New Rochelle is a stop on the New Haven Line. This line connects to Connecticut to New York City’s Grand Central Terminal.
    • The ride to Grand Central Terminal from New Rochelle is about 36 minutes.
    • To get to and from the New Rochelle transit center, you can take the Gael Express or a Bee-Line Bus (#45).
    • For more information:
    • Fill out the “Vehicle Registration” form on the Campus Safety website. Then get a FREE parking pass in the Office of Campus Safety on the second floor of the LaPenta Student Union. 
    • Follow traffic patterns on campus (especially in the parking garage).
    • Watch out for campus speed bumps.
    • Students can park in spaces with white lines. Yellow lines are reserved for Faculty/Staff. Do not park in “Reserved” spaces.
    • See more information about parking on campus.
    • Become a member of Zipcar before you need to use the service.
    • Sign up through
    • Book the car for the dates/times you need it.
    • Use and return the car to its parking space on campus in the parking garage.
    • Students receive a discounted hourly rate (gas and tolls are included in your hourly fee).
    Questions? Contact the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services at (914) 633-2243 or