Student Life Office

Resources for Off-Campus Students


No matter where you choose to live, we want you to feel at home at Reed!

Students who reside off-campus often face different challenges than on-campus residing students, such as managing a daily commute, balancing home and academic responsibilities, and connecting to the broader campus community. Reed offers multiple resources to help off-campus students make the most of their college experience.

Finding Off-Campus Housing 

Students can find comprehensive information about finding and securing safe, affordable off-campus housing by reading the Off-Campus Housing Resource Guide, or by watching the recorded presentation by Kiki Hawley '16 below. These materials cover important information to help guide Reedies through the off-campus housing search, including: where to find apartments and rentals, how to make an off-campus living budget, and how to set up utilities.


Students can reach Reed's campus via foot, bike, public transit, or personal vehicle. Visit Campus Transportation for more information about transportation options, campus parking, and bike storage. 

TriMet Honored Citizen Pass

Students who qualify and sign up for TriMet's Honored Citizen Bus Pass will have the cost of a monthly pass fully covered by Reed! Visit TriMet Honored Citizen Bus Passes to learn more about eligibility and how to apply.

The Reed Night Bus

The Night Bus is a shuttle service that helps students who live off-campus get home safely at night. Hours of operation and shuttle boundary information can be found on the Community Safety Services webpage. 

Carpool Match

Looking for carpool partners? Metro offers a free carpool match website.

Campus Life

Social engagement 

The Office for Student Engagement helps students build meaningful connections to one another and the broader Reed community. The student engagement office supports student-run organizations and coordinates on- and off-campus entertainment and educational events. All Reed student groups and clubs can now be found on the Student Engagement Virtual Fair! Visit Reed's Events Calendar to learn more about virtual and on-campus events.

Campus spaces

Off-campus students needing a space to study or relax between classes can visit the library (note new hours, capacity limits, and community expectations). In addition, the furniture in lounge and lobby spaces will be reset to allow for appropriate distancing; these areas remain open to commuter students needing a place to go between classes.

Please visit Student Spaces to learn what spaces are open and available to students for social gatherings and relaxing between classes (e.g. Student Union). 

Off-campus students needing a place to participate in synchronous online classes should contact their instructor directly for support in getting access to a room on campus. Faculty will then notify CEP, who will schedule a room that meets the needs of all the students in that class. Each classroom/meeting room will have cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer inside and available to use.

Campus Computer Labs

Campus computer labs (the IRCs in the ETC and public workstations in the Library) are currently closed to walk-up traffic. College licensed software has been loaded onto virtual computers, ready for your use!

Dining & Meal Options 

Campus Dining

Students who live off-campus are welcome to use Reed's on-campus dining and cafe options. Students are welcome to use the self-service microwaves in Commons during open hours to heat up their personal meals. 

Commuter Commons Cash

Off-campus students, staff or faculty may purchase Commuter Commons Cash at any time during the semester at the cashier’s window in Eliot. Commuter Commons Cash does not expire until the cardholder leaves Reed. A 10% bonus is added to all Commuter Commons Cash purchases by Bon Appetit.

The Reed Community Pantry

The Reed Community Pantry provides nonperishable food items, toiletries, hygiene products, clothing, books, and more at no cost to members of the Reed community. The RCP is open during the hours posted on their website or by arrangement by contacting


Students can securely store personal belongings on-campus in reserved lockers. Students can rent lockers in the following locations: 

  • GCC Lockers: Students can reserve a locker on the lower-level of the GCCs by the mailroom through the Student Engagement office. There is no cost to rent a locker, but students must provide their own lock. Lockers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visit Locker Assignments to fill out a rental request form! 
  • Library Lockers: Lockers are usually available. The lockers are located on L2 and LL1 by the staircase, and LL1 between north and west stacks. 
  • Sports Center Lockers: When the Sports Center is open, lockers, baskets, and locks are available for daily use or rental ($20/academic year) from the Sports Center Cage.

Academic Resources

Virtual Individual and Drop-In Tutoring

Individual tutoring and drop-in tutoring are available online. Individual tutoring may be offered in-person later in the Fall 2020 semester. Drop-in tutoring will remain online for the whole semester. Academic coaching and workshops are available online (or by telephone in the case of coaching). Academic support staff are holding drop-in office hours for brief coaching or quick questions each weekday. Visit Academic Support for more information.

Computer Labs

Campus computer labs (the IRCs in the ETC and public workstations in the Library) are currently closed to walk-up traffic. College licensed software has been loaded onto virtual computers, ready for your use!

Off-Campus Access to Library Resources 

Resources found in the library catalog and on the library databases page are already configured for off-campus access. Visit Library Off-Campus Access for tips on accessing other electronic materials when off-campus.

Safety Resources

All students - regardless if they live on- or off-campus - have access to support and safety resources at the college. Please see the Student Hub for a list of important campus resources. Highlighted below are resources particularly salient to students living off-campus:

Reed After Hours On-Call Team

The Reed After Hours On-Call Team provides after hours emergency consultation and assistance to students. The on-call team is available to Reed community members seven days a week whenever Reed offices are closed (typically weekdays after 5 p.m. and 24 hours a day on weekends and holidays). The on-call team is not a substitute for emergency personnel such as 911. 

Students living off-campus can reach the Reed After Hours Emergency Team by calling Community Safety at 503-788-6666. When you call Community Safety, give your name, describe the situation, and provide your contact information. Community Safety will then connect you with an on-call team member for assistance. 

Community Safety

Community Safety Officers are available to students 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. CSOs provide community services such as safety escorts and vehicle jump-starts in campus parking lots. CSOs can intake crime reports and respond to on-campus emergencies in coordination with the Student Life Office and local emergency services as necessary. Students experiencing emergencies off-campus should call 911 or local emergency services directly for assistance.

Emergency Housing

Students who find their housing (whether on- or off-campus) unsafe or inhabitable can call Community Safety (503-517-5355) to request use of a temporary on-campus emergency room. Two rooms are available for short-term use (typically 72 hours or less).

Support Resources

The Student Support office can help students connect to financial, medical and mental health, food and housing security, and other important resources on-campus and in the broader Reed community. Students needing assistance can contact the Care Team at or by calling 503-517-7396


If you have questions or suggestons about the resources listed in this guide, please contact Student Life at or 503-571-7396.