Wentworth Commuters & Off-Campus Students
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The t-pass deadline is serious, for real, no joke, set in stone, etc! If you miss the deadline, it’s time to start researching how you can create the most cost-effective commute for you.

Here are a some ideas:

  • Consider all types of transportation when you first start your research:
    • Driving to campus (you can still buy a parking pass through Wentworth)
    • Consider finding a Carpool Buddy at www.tinyurl.com/wentworthcarpool. Contact someone on the list to see what’s possible for the Fall.
    • Research both public and private transportation. This includes the MBTA (bus, subway, commuter rail) as well as Amtrak, express buses and town shuttles to stations.
    • MBTA LINK Passes get you pretty far outside the city. Maybe you could get a ride to the station at the end of the line? Or take a bus to the subway station?
  • Crunch the numbers! Find out how much each past will cost each month and for the entire semester.
  • Consider which commute is the most convenient to your class and work schedules. Some trains and buses have limited hours in the evenings.
  • Maybe a hybrid or combination of multiple transit options would work? Does it make sense to take a different route on Mondays?
  • Google, Facebook and look into how others are commuting to Boston from your home location. “How to commute from Franklin, MA to Boston, MA.” You may find something you had not considered before.


  1. It is often best to purchase monthly passes for September, October and November through the MBTA by visiting a station kiosk, Charlie Card store at Downtown Crossing, or by ordering online. December is a short month of final exams, so you may only need to commute to campus a few days making weekly or individual passes more cost-effective.
  2. Don’t miss the next t-pass deadline for the spring semester! T-passes go on sale at the Info Hub in November. The deadline will be during finals week in December.

Never hesitate to stop by Beatty 013 with questions or concerns! ūüėÄ

The Student Service Center (SSC) in Williston Hall does more than just selling parking passes or collecting paperwork. The SSC is a great resource for all things related to your finances while you are in college including: financial aid, work study employment, registering for classes, understanding holds on your account, scholarships, and loan options.


Check out the presentation they share with families every summer to prepare for the fall semester:

Financial Aid Fo 15-16 NSO


Visit their website at www.wit.edu/ssc or contact them directly at 617-989-4020 or by email at ssc@wit.edu.

As many of you know the MBTA began a pilot program last summer to see how much use “the T” (both subway and main bus lines) would receive late into the evening on both weekdays and weekends. College students, young professionals, hospital workers and service industry professionals rejoiced!

After analyzing the data from the pilot program, the MBTA has decided it will continue the service with a few minor changes:

  • The last trains will leave downtown at 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. This has been changed from 2:30am.
  • The last trains will leave downtown at 1am on Sunday through Thursday. There is no change here.

There will also be a few updates to the frequency of buses and trains. Most of the lines will see a slight reduction in frequency. A few lines will no longer have late-night service. See full details here: http://www.mbta.com/riding_the_t/default.asp?id=6442451913

You can never over-prepare for you move off-campus. Most students have already signed a lease for September 1st, 2014. Here are a few things you need to know for when you move in.

1. Legal & Illegal Fees: When you move into an apartment, a landlord can charge you the first month’s, that last month’s rent, a security deposit, a lock fee and a portion of a re-inspection fee. A landlord can’t charge you any other fees such as a holding fee or a pet fee. A landlord also can’t charge you a broker’s/finder’s fee, unless he is a licensed realtor.

2. Roommates: If one of your roommates moves out, you may still be responsible for paying his portion of the rent until you find a new one. It is a violation of the Boston  Zoning Code for 5 or more full-time undergraduate college students to share a dwelling in Boston.

3. Leases & Tenancies-at-Will: If a landlord offers you a lease, read it carefully before signing it. Leases, which typically run for one year, are a binding legal contracts. Tenancies-at-will run from month to month, but offer you less security against rent increases and evictions.

4. Renter’s Insurance: You have probably invested more in personal property than you realize. Renter’s insurance is a good idea and can be surprisingly affordable. Don’t assume that your landlord’s or your parents’ insurance will cover your belongings.

5. Re-Inspection of Rental Unit: In most cases, a landlord is required to arrange a to have your apartment inspected for compliance with the State Sanitary Code soon after you move in. To check that this is being done, you can ask your landlord or call the city’s Inspectional Services Department.

6: Code Violations: You are entitled to an apartment that is in compliance with local and state sanitary and building codes. Violations should be reported to your landlord in writing. If they do not make the necessary repairs call the city’s Inspectional Services Department at (671) 635-5322.

7. Condition of the Apartment: Before entering into the rental agreement, check out the condition of the apartment. If you can’t, have a friend do it for you. You do not want to be charged for damages that existed when you moved in!

8. Security Deposits & Last Month’s Rent: Your landlord can legally require you to pay a security deposit, and the last month’s rent in amounts equivalent to one month’s rent for each. If your landlord collects them, he must, among other things, give proper receipts, pay interest on an annual basis, and in the case of the security deposit, put the money in a separate account in a bank located in Massachusetts.

9. Noise: Be considerate of your neighbors. Having loud parties late at night or playing loud music may lead to complaints, police visits, and possibly evictions.

10: Mediation: If you and your landlord have a dispute that you can’t resolve between yourselves, you should consider mediation. Mediation is an informal process in which you and your landlord can try to reach a resolution with the help of an impartial mediator. For information about the free mediation service offered by the City of Boston’s Rental Housing Resource Center, call (617) 635-RENT.

The MBTA has passed the most recent proposal to increase fares starting July 1st, 2014. The 5% increase in cost will affect the price of discounted t-passes for college students this upcoming Fall 2014 semester. You may view the one-page proposal summary here.

The cost of a semester t-pass for Fall 2014 will increase slightly. Wentworth is committed to providing students with a discount of 15% off the semester pass. Most students purchase a LINK Pass which includes unlimited access to all subway lines (green, blue, red, orange) and local bus routes. The LINK Pass will be priced at $255* for the fall semester (less than $64/month).

Should I buy a semester t-pass? Here are some questions to ask yourself to see if the semester t-pass is right for you?

  1. How often will I be taking the T? If you plan on riding the T at least 4 days each week then you should purchase the unlimited semester pass. Only planning on taking the T a few times each week or only on the weekends? Consider loading money on to a Charlie Card instead as each ride costs less when purchased with a Charlie Card instead of using cash on board.
  2. Do you live on campus? If you live on campus or within in walking distance of campus you may not need a t-pass as you can walk to most places including the grocery store, movie theater, campus buildings and offices and local restaurants. Having a semester Charlie Card is convenient but not required unless you have other responsibilities off-campus (ex: off-campus job, activities, friends at other colleges, etc.).


For more information on t-pass sales, deadlines and FAQs, please visit our website at www.wit.edu/student-life/commuters.

*Pricing will be finalized June 1st, 2014

Current locker leases are valid until August 16th, 2014. If you wish to renew your locker for the 2014-2015 academic year, you will need to respond to an email from Mallory Pernaa, Coordinator of Commuter Student Programs sent at the end of July. To ensure that you do not miss her emails, please check your email weekly over the summer. If you have not renewed your locker by 8/16/14 by email, please send an email to commuter@wit.edu or directly to Mallory at pernaam@wit.edu.


Living off-campus for the summer semester and need a locker?

Locker Distribution for the summer semester starts on the first day of classes, Wednesday, May 7th 2014. Please bring your WIT ID to Commuter Student Programs in 013 Beatty Hall. Lockers are free of charge and you will be assigned a space for the summer semester. Any questions can be directed to commuter@wit.edu.


There are no classes on ‘Study Day’ scheduled for Tuesday, April 15th, 2014. Even without classes in session, April 15th will be an active day on campus. Wentworth will have many Marathon Remembrance activities including a moment of silence on the quad and a Run to Remember in the Schumann Fitness Center. Also, Wellness programs will be taking place throughout the day including smoothies and a visit from our favorite therapy dogs.

Make sure to check your Campus Update email on Monday, April 14th for the details on each event. We hope that you come into campus that day to remember, relax before finals, and utilize the study spaces and productive work space on campus.  You can also follow these great Twitter handles for information: @SchumannFC, @DeanWenner, @CampusLife, @WITcommuters, and @WITwellness.



A few years back we had so much construction on campus that we needed to reserve quiet spaces just for commuter students to use to get work done without interruption. Thankfully, the days of constant drilling and hammering in Beatty Hall are over. But we still have students that request reserved classrooms because of the many distractions that may exist elsewhere on campus. In order to serve this need, we have reserved some classrooms for Commuter Study Space as you prepare for finals.

Commuter Study Space classrooms will have information on wellness and stress-relief activities happening on campus during finals, tutoring services on campus, and fun freebies! The schedule is below:

Commuter Study Space :: Spring 2014

  • April 7th-11th, 9am-12pm, Ira Allen 122
  • April 14th & 15th, 12pm-2pm, Ira Allen 122
  • April 14th & 15th, 2pm-4pm, Wentworth 214

Unable to attend Commuter Study Space but looking for other spots to be productive on or near campus? Check these out!

  • Library in Beatty Hall
  • The Learning Center (Beatty 402)
  • Pavilion seating in the Flanagan Campus Center
  • Break-out spaces in the Flanagan Campus Center
  • Club office/study room in the Flanagan Campus Center
  • Intercultural Center in the Flanagan Campus Center
  • New Student Programs Study Room in the Flanagan Campus Center (Beatty 031c)
  • Empty classrooms
  • Ira Allen lobby and study rooms
  • Meeting rooms in the Flanagan Campus Center
  • Residence Halls (work with a residential student on a project in the comfort of their residence hall).
  • Public Libraries in Boston or in your hometown¬†(including Boston Public Library’s main location in Copley Square).
  • Cafeteria and the back of the cafeteria. This also includes MassArt cafeteria and coffee shop.
  • Visit a nearby Colleges of the Fenway campus center for a change of scenery.
  • On a nice day you can use the quad, Fens park area and Evans Way Park to relax, review notes or study.

Questions? Email commuter@wit.edu.



Congratulations to our Commuter Assitants for 2013-2014! We had many qualified applicants this year during Student Leader Selection. We chose students that have illustrated their ability to navigate Wentworth, be involved on campus, and succeed academically – all while balancing a busy commuter student schedule!

Here they are…

  • Chris Auld, Biomedical Engineering, ’16
  • Santiago Hernandez, Mechanical Engineering, ’15
  • Paige Mochi, Management, ’14
  • Susan Needleman, Computer Networking, ’16


Commuter Assistants have their first meeting in April 2013 to start planning for next year. Have a suggestion for them? You may contact them individually or email commuter@wit.edu.

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Meal Plan vs. Fenway Cash

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Commuter students are not required to purchase a meal plan, but are welcome to do so if they wish. Most studends living off campus choose to use Fenway Cash instead. What’s the difference? Read more about each option below.


Fenway Cash

Fenway Cash works like a pre-loaded debit card. Monies deposited in the Fenway Cash account can be used in the bookstore, vending machines, any of the Colleges of the Fenway cafeterias and many off campus businesses.

Students may open a Fenway Cash account by making a deposit of at least $20.00 to their Fenway Card. Fenway Cash can be used for purchases in the bookstore, laundry room, the convenience store, some vending machines, as well as in all six of the Colleges of the Fenway cafeterias and at many off campus businesses.  Balances remaining in this account may be withdrawn at anytime.

Students may open a Fenway Cash account in one of the following ways:



1-877-COF-8340 (1-877-263-8340)
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 p.m. EST

Fenway Card Center, P.O. Box 1305, Doylestown, PA 18901-0117


Meal Plan

A meal plan is a contract. Money is downloaded onto your ID card. Then, use your Fenway Card to pay for your meals. Just present your card to the cashier. Your account will be charged accordingly and your remaining balance will show on the cash register. Meal plan contracts vary and have different costs.  There are three plans to choose from $1160 plan, a $600 plan, or a $300 plan per semester. Meal plan dollars may be used at Beatty Cafe, the convenience store, Massachusetts College of Art cafeteria, and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences coffee shop.

Meal plan money which is left over at the end of the Fall semester is carried over to the Spring semester. Meal plan money which is left over at the end of the Spring semester may not be carried over to the Summer semester. Meal plan dollars are not refundable. Based upon our experience, considering missed meals, weekends away from campus, etc., the full meal plan is sufficient for the average student. If you visit campus every weekend, eat every meal, or are a large eater, you may run out of dollars as you near the end of the semester. Additional funds may be deposited.


Fenway Cash provides the most flexibility and can always be withdrawn if funds are unused (unlike the meal plan which is a contracted amount). If you have any questions, contact the Student Service Center directly at 617.989.4020.