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Whether you live with your family or in your own apartment, we’re committed to supporting your commute. 

Getting to Campus by Public Transportation

There are several ways to reach campus by public transit. Check Location and Directions for details.

Dominican University is proud to partner with the Chicago Transit Authority, CTA, and allow qualifying students to opt-in to their Ventra UPASS program. The UPASS and the DU campus shuttle allow DU students to access a cost-effective resource, travel sustainably, and explore new communities. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions for the UPASS.

Check out the Campus Connection Pass with Pace Bus; this program offers students the opportunity to opt-in for unlimited rides on Pace regular fixed routes and On Demand buses. The pass is valid for an entire semester (five months), but can be purchased at any point during the semester at a pro-rated price.

Dominican hosts a shuttle service that runs from the CTA Green Line to campus. Check out the shuttle schedule.

Commuter Student Resources

The Office of Student Life–Involvement offers a variety of resources, programs and leadership opportunities to help commuter students make connections and thrive. Here are some of the resources available to you.

Commuter Student Association (CSA)

Got questions or concerns about life as a commuter? CSA can help. We also create partnerships within the university, promote a commuter-friendly atmosphere, and organize events to meet the needs of commuter students at Dominican.

CSA is open to all students. To learn more, join us at a meeting or contact CSA.

Commuter Student Meal Plan

The commuter meal plan allows you to eat in either the Dining Hall or the Cyber Cafe, giving you the flexibility to have meals while you are on campus. Click here for more information on the types of commuter meal plans offered.

Off-Campus Housing

As you search for an off-campus apartment, the Office of Student Life would like to recommend a few resources to help you through the process:

Oak Park Apartments

GLA Property Management

Oak Park Place Apartments

Apartment Guide

Albion Oak Park

StudentSpace - Chicago living options for graduate students

Student Discounts in the Local Community
Chicago Institutions

Shedd Aquarium: Offers a select few free days per year for Illinois residents. Make sure to keep an eye on their website for free days.

Adler Planetarium: There are multiple free days offered throughout the year and $2 off for students when you provide your ID and book at the box office!

Field Museum: Make sure to check the website for Illinois Resident Free days.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: $8 student tickets!

National Museum of Mexican Art: Always free!

DuSable Museum of African American History: Free to all on Sundays and $7 student tickets each day

Garfield Park Conservatory: Free for all!

International Museum of Surgical Sciences: $13 Student Admission

Wendella Boats- Chicago Architecture Tour: 50% off tickets on Tuesdays for college students with a valid student ID from an accredited college or university.

McCormick Place Tribute Ice Rink (Millennium Park): Free admission and $13–$15 Skate Rentals. Seasonal and weather permitting, so check their website before visiting.

Oak Park / River Forest

Ernest Hemingway Museum Oak Park: $15 tickets when you show your student ID

Lake Theater Oak Park: Discounted tickets for students: $5 tickets on Tuesdays and $7 tickets everyday before 6:00 PM

Trailside Museum of Natural History: Free entry for all!


Bowlero Bowling Alley: Offers 10% discount to all Dominican students if you call ahead and book a lane. Make sure to mention that you are Dominican student to receive the 10% discount 

Circle Lanes: Monday and Wednesday: $3.50 games before 5:00 p.m. and $4.00 games after with $3 shoe rental all day

Theatre and Music

Second City Chicago: Show your student ID at the box office for 15% off most tickets!

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Check out the student tickets that can be purchased at a discounted student rate of $15!