Out-Of-State & Commuter Students

Start making connections before you get to campus. Your leader has several fun activities planned for the fall semester to help you feel right at home here at NEBRASKA. Select the appropriate Facebook group for your home state!

COLORADO

Brooke Morris

Brooke Morris

Group Leader

Hometown: Centennial, Colorado
Year: Sophomore

Join the Colorado Facebook Group

What’s your favorite thing about UNL?

Becoming a Husker means you instantly have a family of hundreds of people all over the country with one common theme—everyone loves UNL!!!! Welcome to the family class of 2020!!

What do you miss most about home?

I miss the beautiful mountain view and how the sunset kisses the top of the mountains just before sinking.

Advice for incoming out-of-state students:

Take advantage of everything UNL has to offer because there is truly something for everyone and in the blink of an eye your first year will be done.


ILLINOIS

Jack Malec

Jack Malec

Group Leader

Hometown: Plainfield, Illinois
Year: Junior

Join the Illinois Facebook Group

What’s your favorite thing about UNL?

I chose Nebraska because I wanted to go to a big school with that close-knit feeling plus I feel that UNL is a great fit for me. At Nebraska I am economics major who loves to go to the rec, spend time with friends, and I love college football. My favorite things at UNL would have to be the football games, there really is no place like Nebraska on game day, as well as downtown Lincoln. Downtown Lincoln is a growing area with lots of great restaurants and things to do.

What do you miss most about home?

The thing I miss the most about home is my family. I enjoy spending time with them.

Advice to incoming out-of-state students:

In terms of advice to incoming students, I’d say, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! Be friendly to new faces. Everyone around you is in the same boat and feeling the same way! Also make sure to know where all your classes are before your first day.


IOWA & WISCONSIN

Grace Jablonski

Grace Jablonski

Group Leader

Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa
Year: Sophomore

Join the Iowa & Wisconsin Facebook Group

What’s your favorite thing about UNL?

My favorite thing about UNL is the community feel. Lincoln is the perfect place, both on and off campus, to further your life and get closer to your goals, while enjoying yourself at the same time.

What do you miss most about home?

My family and close friends.

Advice for incoming out-of-state students:

Don’t let opportunities pass you by—seek them out! Also, make sure not to be afraid of being unique and different than others.


KANSAS & MISSOURI

Grant Alley

Grant Alley

Group Leader

Hometown: Chesterfield, Missouri
Year: Sophomore

Join the Kansas & Missouri Facebook Group

What’s your favorite thing about UNL?

My favorite thing about UNL is the incredible diversity of people you meet from all over the world.

What do you miss most about home?

I miss my friends from high school because most of them stayed in state, but I am so glad I came to UNL because then I wouldn't have grown and matured as much as I did in the past year.

Advice for incoming out-of-state students:

My piece of advice is to fully immerse yourself into campus life! There are so many different ways to meet new people that you are bound to find something that suits your interests!


MINNESOTA

Jessica May

Jessica May

Group Leader

Hometown: North Mankato, Minnesota
Year: Sophomore

Join the Minnesota Facebook Group

What’s your favorite thing about UNL?

Dunkin’ Donuts! I love coffee and I don’t have this chain in my hometown.

What do you miss most about home?

The environment. Back home, there are a lot of trails and state parks, so I used to bike and hike those with my friends.

Advice for incoming out-of-state students:

Go to events and clubs. This is the easiest way to meet people and get involved on campus. You’ll meet people who have a common interest with you and that makes it was easier to talk to them.


NORTH DAKOTA & SOUTH DAKOTA

Ingrid Olson

Ingrid Olson

Group Leader

Hometown: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Year: Sophomore

Join the North & South Dakota Facebook Group

What’s your favorite thing about UNL?

My favorite thing about UNL is that it has all the perks of a big university, but you still get the sense of community on campus.

What do you miss most about home?

What I miss most about home is my family and friends, but my friends that I've made in college have kept me from feeling homesick!

Advice for incoming out-of-state students:

Get involved in at least one organization your freshman year because it’s a great way to make friends and gain valuable experiences that you may never get the chance to attain after college.


ALL OTHER STATES

Rachel Perry

Rachel Perry

Group Leader

Hometown: Northridge, CA
Year: Junior

Join the Facebook Group for All Other States

What’s your favorite thing about UNL?

The best thing about UNL is all of the free activities that are always going on. I love going to movie nights, listening to guest speakers, and participating in activities held in the dorms, Rec, and union. Whether it is a weeknight or a weekend, you will never be bored.

What do you miss most about home?

I miss the fast-paced culture that comes with living in a big city. I love going to the Haymarket and downtown because it reminds me of home.

Advice for incoming out-of-state students:

For incoming freshmen, I’d recommend always remaining open to new friendships and people. You never know when a total stranger might become your best friend. Challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone and try new things.

Commuter Students

Students living off-campus with family members, both inside and outside the Lincoln community, are considered commuter students.

We realize you have a unique set of challenges that a traditional student may not encounter. This information is meant to be a resource to help you familiarize yourself with campus.

Parking Service & Transportation

All students parking on university property must purchase a permit or park in a metered area.

Taking public transportation to campus? Visit StarTran to determine the fastest route for you, and to monitor the times of each line.

Riding your bike can be an easy and fast way to get around campus. Not to mention, affordable. Find your route to campus with the Lincoln bike trails map, compiled by Lincoln Parks and Recreation.

Study Spots

Behind on your reading? Have a quiz you’re not quite ready for? We've scoped out all the great study spots!

Love Library »

For peace, seclusion, and privacy.

The Hub

If noise doesn’t affect your concentration, then your options become much more expansive.

Too Nice Out To Be Inside?

You'll find serene locations all over campus to suit your needs. Our favorite spot is the green-space outside Selleck Quadrangle.

For a more intimate setting, try the gardens near the Sheldon Museum of Art.

Get Involved On- and Off-campus!

Maybe you have some extra time on your hands between classes, or you want to venture a little farther out.

Consider UNL's Outdoor Adventure Center

  • Go rock climbing right here on campus, or at the Blue Mounds in Minnesota
  • Take a day long mountain bike trip through Platte River State Park
  • Rent a kayak, skis or a paddle boat and get in touch with your inner nature lover

Need To Stay Close To Home?

Even if you only have a little time between classes to unwind, that's still enough to decompress by pumping copious amounts of iron, sweating it out with a cardiovascular workout, or relaxing at a calming yoga session.

Campus Recreation has programs to fit every students favorite activity.

You Know What You Like!

We have over 500 registered student organizations. From Shakespeare to squirrels, you're bound to find a club that fits your personality. If not, blaze your own trail by starting a new organization.

Got Culture?

Cultural opportunities can be found throughout Lincoln and UNL.

The Lied Center for Performing Arts offers shows to students at discounted rates. Shows like:

  • Broadway musical 'Sister Act'
  • Blue Man Group
  • Second City Comedy Group

Check out the events schedule for more great events.

Nebraska’s University Programming Council (UPC) also offers a variety of shows and performances over the course of the year.