Commuter FAQs

Below are a list of common questions for commuter students. If you have other questions not listed, please contact Admissions at 423.775.7585 or

Can I get a meal plan as a commuter student?

Yes, we have 2 plans for commuters:

  • Full meal plan for $1500 per semester, or
  • 5 meals a week plan for $400 per semester.

Prices are subject to change without notice.

I’ve got some time between classes; where can I hang out?
  • The Lion’s Den in Latimer Student Center has gaming tables and is great place to watch your friends, and even professors, battle out a game of pool, table tennis, or foosball.
  • The library offers comfortable seating on both the first and second floors with a great view of the triangle and the hills.
  • Mercer Hall’s main lobby on the second floor, next to Common Grounds coffee shop, is a convenient central location to meet someone for a quick chat or study session.
Where can I eat?
  • Bryan Dining Hall can’t be beat for convenience, variety, and affordability. There are a lot of options to choose from—hot entrees, salads, pizza, sandwiches, stir-fry… literally tons! Bryan’s dining hall is located in the Latimer Student Center and runs on a “continuous service” model. Monday through Friday the dining hall is open 7am-7pm. This makes it an awesome place to hang out to play a card game, or grab some coffee while studying. Often the dining hall has specials such as smoothies or hot pretzels.
  • The Prideland Grill next door to the Lion’s Den has great fast food. Grab a sandwich, chips, and a drink on the go! They even accept Flex Dollars on your ID card! Their hours are 11am-11pm, Monday-Thursday, and 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Fridays.
  • If you love your lattes, Common Grounds coffee shop in Mercer Lobby has delicious coffee and baked goods. Common Grounds accepts flex dollars on your ID card as well.
  • If you brought your lunch with you, the Study Grind on the first floor of the library is a great spot to eat. There are booths, tables, and even a microwave.
Where can I study?
  • Library. It’s not just for research! The Library is a great place to study, and the second floor is often a little quieter than the first floor. Also, the study lounge in Library 113 is relaxing, and has beautiful windows and comfortable couches.
  • Head outside. Reading out on the lawn (weather permitting, of course) can be a great way to get some fresh air, clear your mind, and still get some work done. If you need a table, try the Traylor patio outside of the Lion’s Den or the Shakespeare Garden patio outside the Library.
  • Check out empty classrooms. You don’t have to be in class to take advantage of a nice classroom: if a room is unoccupied, feel free to claim it as your own and get to work.
  • Utilize the campus computer labs in the Library. You don’t have to be using a computer to take advantage of the quiet atmosphere that most labs provide. Grab your work, your laptop, and an empty seat at a table and enjoy the lack of noise and distraction.
  • Camp out in the dining hall during off hours. When everyone is free for lunch, the dining hall may be totally chaotic. But between meals, it can be quiet and peaceful. Grab a snack and enjoy the large table space you wouldn’t otherwise have access to.
  • Peek into the Academic Support Center. While it is recommended that you make an appointment, it is a convenient study space before and after your Academic Support meeting.
  • Head to larger venues that aren’t in use. Rudd often isn’t in use all the time. Head inside for some quiet time in a place that can help free your mind from distraction. Reading Shakespeare in an empty theatre may be just what you need to get into your assignment!
How can I get involved on campus?
  • Clubs: Check out the variety of clubs on campus. You can find flyers on the bulletin boards in dorms, Latimer, and Mercer. Don’t see the specific club you want? Visit the office of Student Life, located on the second floor of Latimer, and ask about starting your own! There is no shortage of ways to get involved at Bryan.
  • The Triangle: Check out our online student newspaper, called The Triangle at The Triangle is an online, interactive, news website, which strives to provide late-breaking news in a relevant and timely manner. It includes a forum for news, sports, opinion, and discussion.
  • Office of Student Life: If you still have questions about getting involved, take a moment to talk to the Office of Student Life, located on the second floor of Latimer. They can be reached by calling 423.775.7209.
  • Student Activities page: Campus activities are an exciting and vital part of campus life. We offer numerous ways to stick with your favorite activities or explore new ones.
How can I find out what is happening on campus?

The Calendar of Events is changing every day! Check back often.

As a commuter, do I have to fulfill the Christian and Cultural Formation attendance requirements?

The Christian and Cultural Formation** program weaves together a variety of elements including chapel (musical worship, guest speakers, corporate prayer), Vespers, discipleship groups, in depth panel discussions of specific spiritual and social topics, and involvement in local churches. Guests come from around the world and around the corner to join our community as we study and think, pray and worship together. Through these corporate gatherings, students are challenged to lives of real faith and integrity, humility and moral courage.

As members of the Bryan campus community, commuters ARE required to complete the attendance requirements for the Christian and Cultural Formation**.

**This is different from the past many years and the program name is not yet set in ink.

How will I know if classes are cancelled due to weather?

Bryan College utilizes a rapid alert and notification system to provide the campus community with immediate notice in the event of an emergency. Students, faculty, and staff are able to enter or update their own preference for contact information (cell phone or land line number or both) through their MyBryan account. The emergency notification system is used only for emergency notification or weather alerts. Campus closings are posted on the Bryan college homepage. School closings are also noted on the following Chattanooga TV channels: 3, 9, and 12.

Where can I park?

Bryan has two commuter lots:

  • You can park in the parking lot located between Mercer Hall and the Rankin Center in any spot not marked “Staff.”
  • Also, you can park in the upper and lower-level lots in front of Latimer Student Center.

These lots are visible on our Campus Map.

Am I permitted to have parking decals for more than one vehicle?

Yes! If you have more than one car, and will have only one car on campus at a time, we will be happy to give you more than one parking decal. You only have to pay for one!

If I lock my keys in my car or need to have my battery jumped, what can I do?
  • If you need a battery charge, we would love to help! Call the Maintenance Office at 423.775.7470.
  • Since you now may be doing a lot of driving, consider joining AAA. To join call 1.800.222.1134 and for service call 1.800.AAA.HELP.
  • If you don’t have roadside assistance, here are some local locksmith listings: Rick’s Lock and Key 423.775.6733 and Tracy’s Towing 423.775.1002.
Where can I find more information?

Our Bryan Community Standards provides more information about life at Bryan. If you can’t find what you're looking for there, feel free to come by the Office of Student Life in Latimer or call us at 423.775.7209.