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Posted on November 30, 2016

Final exams are approaching, and commuter students faced with a late-night study session or an early-morning exam now have an alternative to traveling home and then back to campus.The Cal U Vulcan mascot gives a

Blaze Express Housing now offers short-term, on-campus accommodations on the first floor of Residence Hall B.

Rooms are available from Sunday nights through Friday mornings during the fall and spring semesters. Guests may “check in” for no more than three nights per week and a total of six nights per month.

Cost is $40 a night, which includes linens. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen, high-definition television and Wi-Fi access.

Students can register for a Blaze Express room through the Vulcan Information Portal’s “Housing and Dining” section. 

Secure, temporary housing

The Blaze Express program was initiated by University Housing and the Office of Commuter and Non-Traditional Student Services to provide temporary overnight housing for commuter students.

The seven Blaze Express rooms are in a wing separated from the rest of Residence Hall B. Only Blaze Express “customers” will have access, and rooms are secured with a keycard.

A graduate-student Community Assistant is the only other person living on that floor.

University Housing officials believe this is the only program of its kind within Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, and perhaps in the United States.

In addition to giving commuter students a taste of on-campus living, “it’s convenient for commuters who want or need to be here late at night or early in the morning,” says Sheleta Webb ’89, ‘94, the commuter office’s director.

Learn more

To reserve a Blaze Express room, visit the Vulcan Information Portal’s “Housing and Dining” section.

Contact the University Housing Office at 724-938-4444 or see a list of University Housing staff.

Learn how the Office of Commuter and Non Traditional Services at supports commuter students, or contact the office at