First Year Experience is dedicated to meeting the needs of our commuting students through our Commuter Advocacy Program.
Our program aims to provide students with the most current community resources available as well as providing ways to make traveling less stressful and more effective.
FYE knows how difficult it can be to stay connected with the UH Hilo community as a commuter. We are committed to keeping you informed of the latest events and opportunities around campus.
Commuter Basics - FAQ's
1. Where can I get my books and supplies?
Textbooks assigned to your classes are typically in stock at the UH Hilo Bookstore. You can also find the books you need and purchase them directly on their web page.
In addition to textbooks, the Bookstore has other school supplies, electronics, U.S. postage stamps, personal hygiene products and Vulcan memorabilia for those who want to show off their school pride. Their hours of operation are 8:00 am – 3:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
2. Where should I park?
Parking on campus requires a permit during business hours within regular semesters. You can buy a permit from the parking office in the Auxiliary Services Building. Learn more about the types of permits and locations of parking lots.
Commute with a friend and you can get free parking in some of the best spots on campus. If you drive with a friend, stop at the Security booth at the entrance and get a special parking pass for the day.
Off campus parking is free and there are spots located around the UH campus on Kāwili Street and Lanikaula Street. Parking here can be hard to find, so come early if you want to get to class on time!
3. Is there tutoring available on campus?
If you’re looking for extra help in some of your classes, feel free to stop by Kilohana, the Academic Success Center, where tutoring and other learning resources are available for free to students.
Kilohana is located on the ground floor in the Mookini Library.
4. What can I do between classes?
The Campus Center Building is a place that offers many events, services, and opportunities for students on campus. Check out the Campus Center plaza and see what kinds of events are taking place today. Lava Landing, located on the second floor of the Campus Center, is a place for students to chill out and play some pool, Wii, and more. Come just to see friends or take a break from studying!
Student Life Center
Many students don’t realize that when they pay tuition & fees, they are paying for a semester-long gym membership to the Student Life Center!
This modern facility offers an Olympic-sized swimming pool, new and updated workout equipment, fitness rooms, and locker room facilities for gym members. They are regularly open 7 days a week (View the SLC hours).
Take a run on the treadmill, bench press some weights, or attend one of the many free IMUA fitness classes offered daily. Studies show that people who get regular exercise get better grades!
Remember that you need a student ID to get into the Student Life Center. If you haven’t gotten yours yet you can go to the ID Station in Lava Landing locate in the Campus Center game room.
Don't be afraid to get involved on campus! Multiple organizations exist for students who want to get involved. For example, the Student Activity Council (SAC) provides programs, activities and services, which serve the co-curricular cultural, social, recreational and educational interests of students of UH Hilo. Also, the UH Hilo Student Association (UHHSA) is an organization looking to accurately represent the views of the entire student body. They act as a liaison between the student body and the college administration through active collaboration with faculty, state legislatures and other student organizations.
If you're on campus and have time between classes, check out the UH Hilo Vulcan games. There are baseball, basketball, softball and other games and matches happening almost every day of the week, and they want your support! Check out the Hilo Athletics home page to see the upcoming events.
Run Your Errands
Need cash? There is a Bank of Hawaiʻi ATM available for use in the Mookini Library Lobby. You can come use it whenever the library is open. View the library’s hours of operation.
The Auxiliary Services building has a mail window, which operates almost identical as a US post office. Mail a letter, grab a flat rate box, or send something via UPS or FedEx without ever having to leave campus! They’re open from 8:0 0am-4:00 pm Monday-Friday, with mail taken to the post office at 3:00 pm daily.
Grab Some Food
The Campus Center Dining Hall is open from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday-Friday. They offer breakfast and lunch items and their menu can be viewed online.
The Coffee Cart, which can be found in the Campus Center Plaza, offers hot brewed coffee from Starbucks, as well as other snacks and sandwiches. Their hours of operation are 7:30 am – 8:00 pm Monday-Thursday, and 7:30 am – 2:00 pm Friday.
The Student Life Center offers a Juice Bar where smoothies are made to order with a variety of booster choices. Some food and snacks are also available here. Their hours are 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Monday-Friday, 11:30 am – 5:00 pm Saturday, and 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm Sunday.
Da’ Cube, located right outside the bookstore, is another place to grab a drink or snack between classes. They are open 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Monday-Thursday and 9:00 am – 1:30 pm Friday.
If you're on campus late and want to grab some dinner, try Hale Kehau Dining Hall. Located in the residence area of campus, you can eat buffet style dinner from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. No meal plan, no problem!
Explore Other Study Opportunities
The Center for Global Education & Exchange provides opportunities to students who are interested in participating in study abroad or other international exchange programs.
Stop by their office to find out what prospects might be awaiting you. If going to another country doesn't excite you, try NSE! The National Student Exchange program gives UH Hilo students the opportunity to attend one of over 190 colleges in the United States, Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam, all while paying a reduced cost.
Find a Job
Need employment? No worries! Career Development Services exists to help students find jobs both on and off campus. They provide information on where/how to apply for jobs, along with resources to make you a better job applicant in the future. Check out Career Development Services in the Student Services Center (SSC), room E-203 to get some one-on-one advice!
5. How do I find out about what’s going on at school?
MyUH & UH Webmail
As a college student it is important to have frequent access to computers and the internet. You can find out what’s happening on campus through your UH Webmail as well as by logging into MyUH Services. Weekly announcements are emailed out to the UH Hilo system every week, and this is a great place to find out what is happening on campus that week.
Most instructors will use Laulima, UH Hilo’s web-based tool for submitting assignments and sharing resources used in class. You can send emails through this site directly to your class, instructor, or both.
6. Where can I get online on campus?
Whether you have extra time between classes or just feel like doing your work at school, UH Hilo offers many places for you to sit down and access the wireless network. Remember, if you have your own personal computer, the “uhh” wireless network is accessible from most places on campus, indoors or out. To login to the network, just use your UH Username & password (the same one you use to get into your UH Webmail).
The campus WiFi is great, but having to sign in every time can be a drag. Skip the hassle by registering your laptop or phone with the UH Wireless Passthrough service. This service allows you to authenticate your device for a network access for a year at a time, avoiding the need to sign in every time. It works for Hawaiʻi Community College as well.
UH Hilo’s Campus Center offers computer access in Lava Landing on the first floor and in the second floor lobby. If you have brought your own computer feel free to check out sitting areas in the plaza (on the ground floor) or in the lobbies of the second & third floors. The building is open between 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Computer access is available in the Mookini Library, located in the heart of campus next to the Campus Center. The ground floor has multiple computer labs for use with printing capabilities. In addition to printing services, there are computer stations on the first and second floor designated for scanner use.
7. Is there somewhere to put my stuff?
Lugging your books to and from campus can be difficult, but space is available to students who want to keep their belongings at school. Lockers are available on the bottom floor of the Campus Center. Pick an empty locker, bring your own lock, and register it with the Campus Center office (CC 210). It’s one locker per person, and if you don’t have your own lock, you can purchase one in CC 210.
8. What if I’m feeling sick?
The UH Hilo Student Health Center is located on the second floor of the Campus Center. Services are provided to UH students (whether you be commuter or on campus student). Services include medical care, prescriptions, first aid, health education, tuberculin tests and immunizations.
The Women's Health Clinic, located within the Health Center, offers pelvic exams, contraceptive methods, and testing for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.