Welcome to on-campus living at Penn State Behrend, a beautiful campus on 854 acres just minutes from the heart of Erie and the shores of Lake Erie, and within about 100 miles of Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Buffalo.
Whether you plan to finish your degree here - like nearly three-quarters of Behrend students - or move on to University Park or one of Penn State's 19 other campuses, you'll love the academically rigorous, globally respected Penn State education in a setting where students can have close interaction with faculty and meaningful out-of-classroom experiences.
With an on-campus capacity of just over 1900 students, on-campus living at Behrend adds to the student experience and provides more opportunities for involvement and leadership. Housing, Food Services, and Residence Life is thrilled to provide the convenience, engagement, and unmatched "We Are" spirit to those who LiveOn at Penn State Behrend!
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News & Announcements
Preference Modification Deadline Approaches For Incoming First-Year Students
Incoming first-year students have until May 15 at noon to log on to
Reclaim Your College Experience
Upper-class space is still available - log on today and Request Housing for 2021-2022!
Spring Closing Information
University Housing will close Saturday, May 8; all students must check out of their rooms by 2:00 p.m.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I choose a space and accept the HFS Contract?
Current students who receive an email with the invitation offer:
- If you receive an invitation, log on to www.eLiving.psu.edu and select “View Invitation” under My Contracts.
- Select your invitation to view all housing options. Not all options may be available based on when you are invited into the process.
- Select the housing option you desire and click ‘Continue’.
- Add a friend’s Penn State Access ID who you want to receive a Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract offer and click ‘Continue’. It's not required to add a friend, and not all housing options allow for a roommate.
- Review your selection and click ‘Create Contract’ to be offered the HFS Contract for your selected housing option.
- If a roommate was listed, this student will also be offered the HFS Contract.
- To accept the HFS Contract offer, select the Shopping Cart icon and view the offer.
- Click the ‘Begin Acceptance Process’ button to view and read the HFS Contract and Terms, Conditions, and Regulations (TCRs). Check mark the box to indicate that you have read and agree to abide by the TCRs. Type your name to electronically sign the HFS Contract. Click the ‘Accept Contract’ button. All done!
You are not obligated to live on campus until you accept the HFS Contract; once accepted, the HFS Contract cannot be cancelled (unless you are no longer enrolled at Penn State).
What housing options are available for upper-class students at Behrend?
Upper-class students at Behrend have many housing options to consider. Review the available housing options and the associated room rates to determine which housing option meets your needs and fits your budget. Room rates for each academic year are approved by the Board of Trustees in the spring prior to the fall semester start; yearly rate increases are traditionally between 3-5%.
|Behrend Apartment||Ariel, Caledonia, Champlin, Elliott, Packet, Scorpion, Somers, Turner, or Yarnall|
|Service & Sustainability House
|Single Room - Suite||Almy, Ohio, Porcupine, Senat, Tiffany, or Tigress|
|Single Room - Traditional||Lawrence or Niagara|
|Suite Double||Almy, Ohio, Porcupine, Senat, Tiffany, or Tigress|
*must agree to the SLO requirements and terms
When invited to view available housing options, students will see the number of currently available spaces for each option. These numbers will fluctuate as students make their choices, and spaces are added to or subtracted from the total. If a housing option is not shown, all allocated spaces in that option have already been taken. You may choose another option, and then add your name to the Waitlist for your first choice.
What is Online Room Selection?
Online Room Selection (or self-assigning) is an option for current students and select first-year groups to log on to eLiving and choose the specific room in which they'd like to live. This option may not be offered to all groups or at every campus; students who are not able to participate in Online Room Selection enter contract preferences and are assigned by staff.
Timelines for Online Room Selection vary but usually occur in mid-spring for the fall semester. A second selection period may be offered in early summer if additional housing options become available.
Students who are able to participate in Online Room Selection will receive an email reminder with more detailed instructions before their selection period begins. Selection periods are also found in the Contract Summary in eLiving and posted online.
What is an Invitation?
An invitation allows current first-year or upperclass students to view available on-campus housing spaces during the identified timeframe of the housing process. A student must have Requested Housing to receive an invitation.
Receiving an invitation does not obligate the student to on-campus housing.
Log on to eLiving to see if you've received an invitation. Your login screen will display the message "Congratulations! You have been invited to #LiveOn! Click here to view the invitations." Follow the link to begin the invitation process
- Select a housing option from those available and click "Continue". If a housing option doesn't appear or is grayed out, it's not currently available.
- Add a friend who you'd like to receive the same housing option, whether or not you plan to be roommates. Not all housing options offer this opportunity. Click "Continue".
- Review your selections and click "Create Contract" to be offered an HFS Contract for your selected housing option. If you listed a friend, they will also be offered the HFS Contract.
Once you create your contract, you'll automatically begin the contract acceptance process. If you exit without accepting and return later before your contract expiration date, click on your Shopping Cart to return to the contract acceptance process.
Are incoming first-year students eligible to Request Housing in eLiving?
No, the Request Housing process in eLiving is specific to current first-year and upperclass students. Incoming first-year and transfer students can choose on-campus housing, if available, when they accept their offer of admission through MyPennState or can add their name to the On-Campus Housing Waitlist afterward. Find out more information about the incoming first-year process.
I accepted an HFS Contract, but I want to live in another housing option. What can I do?
If you are interested in another housing option, you can add your name to one Housing Option Waitlist in eLiving once they are available. Adding your name to a Waitlist does not guarantee that you’ll be reassigned to that housing option. Waitlists may not be available for all housing options.
What is a Waitlist?
There are two types of Waitlists:
- "On-Campus Housing Waitlist" is for students who did not participate in the Request Process and want to live on campus
- "Housing Option Waitlists" display after a student accepts a HFS Contract and is interested in another housing option (such as a Living Learning Community, single room, etc.)
When you log on to eLiving and choose Waitlist from the Contracts menu, you will see the appropriate Waitlists based on your campus and contract status.
Students who have an accepted HFS Contract are eligible to enter only one Housing Option Waitlist. As staff processes cancellations and vacancies occur, we will move students from the Waitlist into that specific housing option.
For example: I have an accepted double room, traditional residence hall HFS Contract. I’m interested in a suite, so I add my name to the "Nittany Hall Suites Waitlist". When a suite is available for me, staff will move me to a suite option. If online room selection is available to me, I'll be able to choose a suite instead of a traditional residence hall.
You can remove your name from a Waitlist at any time by unchecking the box of the Waitlist you'd previously selected.
What should students and families know about dining during COVID-19?
- Although in-person dining will be available, it will be limited, with tables physically distanced and chairs removed to promote a safer eating environment for diners and workers in accordance with federal, state, and local health and safety guidelines. Campus Dining has put in place enhanced protocols including — but not limited to — the use of masks by all guests and staff; increased cleaning of high-touch surfaces and restrooms using an EPA-approved disinfectant; additional hand sanitizer stations; installation of Plexiglas in key areas; and self-swipe card payments.
- New for fall 2020, students can access a mobile ordering and pickup option at select locations.
Food Allergies / Special Diets
Are there vegetarian/vegan options available?
Yes, Meatless and Vegan options are served daily in all five of the dining commons. Each all-you-care-to-eat area offers a vegan entree, soup, and varying side dishes for each meal. Salad bars also offer vegan protiens such as tofu, beans, and quinoa. For more information, please visit the Vegetarianism page.
Do upperclass students also live on campus?
Yes! All residential campuses welcome students to live on campus beyond their first-year. Many students find the greatest convenience is saving time – to and from classes, activities, events, clubs/organizations, recreation and study, meetings, common and green spaces, dining, bookstore, project collaboration, faculty offices, and so much more! We do have space for you to #LiveOn. There are also many Living Learning Communities (LLCs) created especially for you!
Students will need to Request Housing during the housing process timeline.
How do I request housing?
For incoming first-year students, the Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract is included in the offer of admission to Penn State. Students at Behrend and University Park are guaranteed an on-campus housing space and required to live on campus, whereas students at other Penn State locations have the option to accept an HFS Contract as they go through the admissions process. Both the Offer of Admission and HFS Contract are accepted by accessing MyPennState, following the prompts, and paying the non-refundable admission fees and housing deposit.
How do I use my id+ Card to access my room?
At some locations and buildings, students are not assigned keys and will access their room, suite, or apartment with only their id+ Card. Each student in these spaces will receive a four-digit pin# at check-in; after swiping the id+ card at the door, enter this four-digit pin followed by the # key to gain entry to the room.
Contact your HFS Office if you have any trouble accessing your space.
When can I request housing?
For the 2021-2022 academic year, students can Request Housing beginning October 15 through at least January 31. The Request Period will be extended if upperclass space is still available.
Can I cancel my meal plan?
Campus Meal Plans are required for students living on campus who are not assigned to apartments with a full kitchen. The Campus Meal Plan must be purchased for each semester, and cannot be canceled.
Students assigned to apartments with a full kitchen and off-campus students who have purchased a meal plan may change their meal plan level until the Friday of finals week. Meal plans once purchased are binding, and balances are not refundable.
Students who withdraw or end their relationship with the University mid-semester may receive their remaining dining dollars and a prorated refund of the base cost. Any refund will be credited to the student account or to the credit card used to purchase the meal plan.
A meal plan cannot be transferred or assigned to another individual.
How do I check my meal plan balance?
Students can check and manage their meal plan balance online at idcard.psu.edu/manage-accounts. Available balances are also displayed at Campus Dining registers and on receipts, but understand that the registers display a combined meal plan and LionCash account balance.
If funds are running low, friends and family can add dining dollars or LionCash, too.
How does my meal plan work?
The Campus Meal Plan provides easy purchasing and savings for students who regularly eat meals on campus.
The Campus Meal Plan account is accessed via your Penn State id+ Card. Each time you visit a dining facility operated by Penn State Housing and Food Services, simply present your id+ card to the cashier, who will swipe the card through a reader. The reader will access your account, deduct the proper purchase amount, and display your new account balance.
What are the different meal plan discounts?
Students have access to the greatest discounts when they use their Campus Meal Plan:
- 65 percent at Buffet to Go and All-You-Care-to-Eat locations
- 65 percent on prepared items* at food courts
- 10 percent on prepared items* at specialty fast casual operations such as Soup & Garden, Grate Chee, and Blue Burrito in the HUB, Bruno's at Behrend, The Outpost at Harrisburg, and coffee shops at campus locations
The Commuter Meal Plan and LionCash offer a 10 percent discount on the items and locations listed above. Additional LionCash discounts may be available at off-campus participating locations.
*prepared items are meals, snacks, and beverages that are made by Campus Dining staff. This excludes menu items at nationally branded restaurants and cafes.
What happens to my leftover meal plan funds?
Remaining Campus Meal Plan funds at the end of the summer or fall semester will carry over to the next semester so long as the student has purchased any level of Campus Meal Plan for the next semester. Students living on campus are required to purchase a Campus Meal Plan each semester.
Commuter Meal Plan funds carry over from fall to spring regardless of whether a spring commuter meal plan has been purchased.
If you have too many dining dollars, you can lower your campus meal plan level at any time until noon on the last Friday of the semester.
If your dining dollar balance is low, funds will automatically be pulled from your LionCash account (provided there are funds available in LionCash) and still provide the same discounted rate provided by your meal plan on any purchases.
All remaining Campus and Commuter Meal Plan funds at the end of spring semester are forfeited. Students who do not have an active Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract for spring semester will have all remaining funds at the end of fall semester forfeited.
LionCash never expires and is available until you are no longer registered as a Penn State student.
What meal plan options are available?
We offer three different meal plan options: Campus Meal Plan, Commuter Meal Plan, or LionCash funds. Review our meal plan comparison to choose the plan that best suits your needs.
Where can I use my meal plan?
Campus Meal Plan dining dollars can be used at all Campus Dining locations across the commonwealth*, as well as at popular destinations at University Park such as Beaver Stadium, Bryce Jordan Center, Pegula Ice Arena, and Berkey Creamery.
Commuter Meal Plans can be used at all Campus Dining locations across the commonwealth*.
LionCash can be used at hundreds of merchants, both on and off campus. Visit https://idcard.psu.edu/merchants for a full list.
*Campuses offering Campus Dining locations: Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Behrend, Brandywine, Dubois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, Shenango, University Park, Wilkes-Barre, and York