The Off-Campus Commons plays an integral role in supporting the residential clustering component of CLASS (Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students) by creating a space for students living off campus and commuting students to gather. Through programming, campus collaboration, and positive relationships with the City of Troy and its residents, the Off-Campus Commons creates a space for these students to engage and connect with the Rensselaer and Capital Region communities.
Living "off campus" refers to apartments and other dwellings for Rensselaer students not directly managed by the Residential Commons or Greek Life organizations. Rather, a landlord manages the rental property, and the landlord follows state and local laws and guidelines. A goal of the Off-Campus Commons is to help educate students on how to find a safe, secure, and affordable place to live while studying at Rensselaer. Additionally, the Off-Campus Commons serves to sustain a connection to the campus community, academic development, and growth opportunities.
Safe Ride provides Rensselaer students with a safe, free, and alternate form of transportation. This program, which complements the Rensselaer shuttle service, is designed as a way to support students traveling to their homes late at night or to evening campus/academic events.
The Off-Campus Commons provides leadership opportunities to the Rensselaer community by hiring and training students as dispatchers, safety passengers, and drivers.
Learn more about Safe Ride.