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University Park

The largest campus in the Penn State system, University Park is home to a diverse population of about 46,000 undergraduate students. Penn State University Park students enjoy passing iconic buildings like Old Main daily, while also taking advantage of amenities in new facilities like the Information Sciences and Technology Building or the Life Sciences Building.

Penn State University Park is located in the small city of State College, a quintessential college town with its small eateries and quirky shops that line the street marking the border between downtown and campus. Nestled near the base of Mount Nittany, the surrounding area of central Pennsylvania is known as "Happy Valley."

First-year students at University Park are required to live on campus, are guaranteed housing, and can indicate a preference for housing type. The majority of students are assigned to double rooms, traditional residence halls; but can also be assigned to double rooms, renovated residence halls, suites, or supplemental housing. Students who are interested in living on campus beyond the first year are eligible to Request Housing to #liveon.

Penn State University Park is staffed with special services to help meet international students' unique needs.

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LiveOn 2023-2024: Housing Information Sessions

It's time to start thinking about your housing options for the 2023-2023 academic year! 

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University Park Important Dates for 2022-2023 academic year

Important Housing-related dates for the 2022-2023 academic year.

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Summer-to-Fall Drop-and-Go Storage

Summer Session is winding down!

University Housing closes at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Saturday August 13; students will not be able to stay beyond this time.

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Welcome to Summer Session!

Welcome to Summer Session at Penn State! Here are some great tips to help get you adjusted to the #LiveOn experience.

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Summer Students: fall roommate request

First-year students currenting living on-campus for Summer Session II have a limited opportunity to request a new roommate for fall semester!

Contact Us

Housing Operations

814-865-7501

Campus Dining

814-863-1255

Residence Life

814-863-1710

Frequently Asked Questions

Contracts

General

Can an on-campus contract/lease be cancelled?

Incoming First-Year Students

First-year students are required to reside on campus at University Park. This includes students admitted for the spring semester or students that have deferred enrollment to a later semester. A student may submit an exemption request from the residency requirement if they are 21 years or older, the student is married and his/her spouse will be at the University, the student has performed active-duty military service, or has graduated from a high school in Centre County and will be living with his or her parent/guardian in a permanent residence. To claim this exemption, please submit a completed Housing Exemption Form (pdf file) to the Housing Assignment Office.

All other students

Once a contract is accepted, it cannot be cancelled to move off campus.

Graduate Students /Students with Families

Once a lease is accepted, it cannot be cancelled to move off campus. 

Can I change my housing or roommate preferences after the deadline?

Students have the ability to update preferences for housing area, room type, roommate requests, and Living Learning Communities (LLCs), This must be completed before the advertised deadline:

  • incoming first-year students: noon May 15
  • upper-class students: typically beginning of April  

Once the deadline has passed, students will not be able to submit changes or request that the Housing Assignment Office make a change. The Housing Assignment Office extracts student data from the eLiving system to create spreadsheets and reports to begin the process of assigning over 14,000 students. To ensure that students' preferences are considered, room assignments are processed individually, so the University must stick to a hard deadline in order to have  room assignments completed by the posting date.

Room Exchange eBoard

Since preferences cannot be updated after the deadline, the Room Exchange eBoard was created to provide students an opportunity to manage their room assignment. Once room assignments are posted in eLiving, the eBoard is available for students to either conduct a direct room switch with another student, or post their room assignment and search for someone to "swap" spaces with. Learn more about the Room Exchange eBoard

Can I request a roommate?

The Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract is available in eLiving, Contracts > Summary. 

Incoming First-Year Students

Incoming first-year students are able to update housing preferences on the HFS Contract until the housing preference modification deadline of 12:00 p.m. (noon) May 15. To request a roommate, enter the roommate's Penn State Access Account ID (e.g. xyz5000) on the "Roommate Preferences" screen. Roommate requests must be mutual. Students who are attending Summer Session will have two HFS Contracts and can list roommate preferences for both HFS Contracts (they can be different students).

Current Students/Change of Campus Students

During the LiveOn Housing Process: When a student receives a housing invitation, they can add a friend when selecting a housing option. Both students would then receive a HFS Contract offer which must be accepted before the expiration date. Each student can update housing preferences and indicate each other as a roommate preference. Preferences can be modified until 12:00 p.m. (noon) April 4, 2023.

After the Housing Process: A student who missed the LiveOn Housing Process may still Request Housing to be considered for housing. Once the student receives a HFS Contract offer, the student can update housing preferences and indicate a roommate preference during the acceptance steps. Roommate requests must be mutual and students must have a HFS Contract for the same type of housing option (e.g. double room, traditional residence hall, North Suites, etc.) to be considered for assignment together in a room.

Transfer Students

Transfer students who Request Housing when accepting the offer of admission are able to update housing preferences for the HFS Contract until the housing preference modification deadline of 12:00 p.m. (noon) May 15. To request a roommate, enter the roommate's Penn State Access Account ID (e.g. xyz5000) on the "Roommate Preferences" screen.

Graduate Students

Graduate students applying for a single-student White Course Apartment may indicate a roommate preference in the comments section of their lease application by including the student's Penn State Access Account ID (e.g. xyz5000). After submitting the lease application, it is recommended that both students also email the White Course Apartments Office to indicate the roommate request. Roommate requests must be mutual.

Do current or change of campus students have to pay a housing deposit?

No, current and change of campus students are not required to pay a housing deposit. The housing deposit fee is only paid by students who accept the offer of admission AND the HFS Contract through the MyPennState system.
 

Does Penn State have a roommate matching survey?

Penn State values diversity in its student population and feels strongly that living with others from different backgrounds, cultures, and ethnic groups serves to enhance the college experience. Therefore, Penn State does not utilize a roommate matching survey or ask questions regarding a student’s personal preferences and will randomly match students to reside together.

Students are able to indicate a roommate preference when updating the housing preferences on the Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract by entering the other student's Penn State Access Account. Roommate requests must be mutual in order to be assigned together. If a student does not have a roommate request the University will randomly assign another student. 

During the LiveOn Housing Process, when do I have to accept the HFS Contract?

The LiveOn Housing Process includes an invitation and HFS Contract offer, which both have the same expiration date, so you must complete the process of selecting a housing option AND accepting the HFS Contract before the expiration date:

  • Monday invitations expire Noon, Thursday
  • Thursday invitations expire Noon, Monday

If you add a friend to your housing option, your friend will have the SAME expiration date as your invitation, so don't delay in selecting a housing option and creating the HFS Contract. HFS Contracts cannot be reoffered so please ensure that you allow enough time for both you AND your friend(s) to accept the HFS Contract!

How are first-year students assigned?

Room assignments for first-year students are processed in a random order. The date that the student accepts the offer of admission has no bearing on the room assignment process.

First-year students are able to update preferences for housing area, roommate, Living Learning Communities (LLCs), and Campus Meal Plan level on the HFS Contract before the preference modification deadline of 12:00 p.m. (noon) May 15. This information will be referenced when the University processes your room assignment.

Room assignments based on preferences are not guaranteed - some students will not be assigned to preferences requested, due to supply-and-demand.

How do I change my room and what is the room exchange eBoard?

Students are able change their room assignment by utilizing the Room Exchange eBoard. When room assignments are posted in July, the Room Exchange eBoard function will be available in eLiving for a period of two or three weeks. This option will be turned off so the Housing Assignment Office and Commons Desk Operations staff can prepare for fall arrival. The eBoard will again open one or two weeks after arrival for students who need to change rooms.

The Room Exchange eBoard allows students to conduct a direct room switch with another student. The eBoard will also allow students to post their room assignment and indicate what housing area they are looking to move to. Once a student's room is posted, they will have access to view other rooms available and the method for contacting students to switch rooms.

To access the Room Exchange eBoard, login to eLiving, My Info < Room Exchange eBoardStudents will be informed of the timeline to complete a room change. Some students may not be eligible to use the eBoard, based on their HFS Contract type or accommodation requirement.

How do I find housing off-campus?

The Off-Campus Student Support Office is a great resource for students seeking off campus housing.

How do I request a specific roommate in the LiveOn Housing Process?

During the LiveOn Housing Process students will receive an invitation to view available a housing options.

Once the student selects a housing option, the student can add a friend(s), depending upon the space selected. Students who select single-occupancy housing option cannot add a friend; some housing options allow for more than one friend, such as suites or apartments. Different Housing Options allow for different numbers of roommates that can be added: most allow for one roommate; some housing options allow up to 3 roommates (Nittany ApartmentsWhite Course Apartments, triple rooms, and supplemental housing), and others do not allow any roommates (Eastview Terrace, single rooms).

The friend(s) must be eligible - - they must have Requested Housing and not yet accepted a HFS Contract - - in order to be added to your invitation.

Once confirming the friend, the system will send all students a HFS Contract offer in eLiving for the housing option selected. 

All students must Accept the HFS Contract in eLiving before the offer expiration date.

Once the HFS Contract is accepted, students can update preferences to indicate the specific roommate(s). Upperclass students can add or change this preference before the early April deadline to indicate the specific roommate preference. 

You do not need to have a friend/roommate to live on campus. Students who do not have a roommate listed will be randomly assigned with another student.

A friend added to an invitation does NOT have to be the roommate!

How do I request housing preferences?

Housing preferences are not guaranteed. The University will review indicated preferences when processing a room assignment but may not be able to accommodate every student's requested preferences.

Incoming First-Year Students

Incoming first-year students will accept their offer of admission and Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract through MyPennState. The student will receive a confirmation email, sent to the student's email address on file when they applied for admission, within 1 hour of accepting that offer, which will outline instructions to indicate housing preferences.

Login to eLiving, Contracts < Update Preferences. Select the Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract, and the system will provide prompts to enter two choices for housing area and room type; roommate requests, Living Learning Community (LLCs), and Campus Meal Plan level (defaults to level 2).

Housing preferences can be updated until Noon May 15.

Current Students

Current students who accept a Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract for the following academic year will be able to indicate housing preferences on the HFS Contract.

Login to eLiving, Contracts < Update Preferences. Select the Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract, and the system will provide prompts to enter two choices for housing area and room type; roommate requests, Living Learning Community (LLCs), and Campus Meal Plan level (defaults to level 2).

Housing preferences can be updated until Noon April 4, 2023.

How do I sign up to receive text message notifications during the LiveOn Housing Process?

Text message notifications can be managed in your eLiving Account Settings.

  • Log in to eLiving with your Penn State Access ID and password
  • Under the My Info icon, select Account Settings
  • Select the functions for which you would like to receive a text message notification

How do I update my cell phone number to receive text message notifications during the LiveOn Housing Process?

The cell phone number listed in eLiving is pulled from LionPATH for the purpose of text notification.. To update your mobile number, log in to LionPATH, under the Account Info tab select Account Management

I already accepted an HFS Contract, but now I found someone with whom I want to live. How can I live with my friend?

If your friend has an HFS Contract you both need to log into eLiving and under the contract tab select Update Preferences. Roommate requests must be mutual and entered into eLiving before the April deadline. Be sure you have the same contract type as your friend (e.g. Double Room, Renovated, etc.)

If your fried does not have an HFS contract, your friend will need to Request Housing and accept the type of housing that matches your contract. (e.g. Double Room, Traditional Residence Hall) If that space is not available your friend would need to accept the contract offered. Once the contract has been accepted in eLiving, either you or your friend would need to add their name to the Waitlist for the same housing option (e.g. Double Room, Traditional;  Triple Room, Renovated, etc.) and mutually indicate each other as a roommate preference.

I received an HFS Contract because my friend added me as a roommate, but the offer expired before I could accept it. What do I do?

As indicated on the LiveOn Housing Process page, all HFS Contract offers must be accepted by the expiration date:

  • Monday invitations expire Noon on Thursday
  • Thursday invitations expire Noon on Monday

Even if your friend did not generate the HFS Contract offer in a timely manner and did not provide you time to accept the offer before the expiration date, the University is are not able to re-offer that HFS Contract.

If you had not yet received your own invitation, once you do receive an invitation through eLiving, you can select a housing option and accept the HFS Contract offer. There is no guaranteed that the housing option your friend offered to you will be available. If the housing option is not available, you can select another housing option.

After you accept your HFS Contract, you both can update preferences to mutually indicate each other as a roommate preference.

If I currently live in Nittany Apartments, White Course Apartments, or Eastview Terrace, am I guaranteed to return next year?

No. The LiveOn Housing Process is designed to randomly offer invitations to students who Requested Housing; priority is not given to current residents in a specific housing option or semester standing. Every student who Requests Housing has an equal chance of receiving an invitation. The availability of a specific housing option is not guaranteed. 

If I include my friend when I create the HFS Contract offer, but they do not accept the Contract offer, will it impact my housing?

No. Each student’s HFS Contract is independent from each other, and you will still be assigned to the housing option that you selected.

If I like my summer roommate, can I room with them in the fall?

First-year students who live on campus for Summer Session II will be eligible to request an updated roommate request for fall semester. This offer will be available for a limited time period, shortly after Summer Session II starts, with a deadline for submitting the request. An email will be sent to students with instructions on how to submit the request. Summer students may not be able to stay in their summer room assignment for fall semester.

Students who want to request to room together for fall semester must agree to the following conditions:

  1. Both students must be attending Summer Session II and living on campus.
  2. Any preferences originally indicated on the HFS Contract for fall semester, such as roommate, housing area, room type, will no longer be considered.
  3. Your room assignment will be in any housing area, where a vacant space is available.
  4. It may be possible that your request may not be honored, especially if there is no more space available to accommodate requests. Students may also utilize the Room Exchange eBoard in eLiving which will be available once fall room assignments are posted.
  5. Both roommates must submit the request by the deadline, and the request MUST be mutual (both students must request each other). If the request is not mutual, each student will be assigned based on preferences listed on the fall HFS Contract, provided that space is available when the student's account is processed.

If I no longer want to live on campus, can I transfer my contract to another student?

Incoming First-Year Students

The offer of admission to Penn State University Park includes the first-year residency requirement. First-year students are required to live on campus and are not able to cancel the Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract to live off campus, nor are they able to transfer the contract obligation to another student.

Current Students

The Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract is a legally binding contract. The University is not obligated to release a student from the HFS Contract.

However, the University does provide a "contract transfer of obligation" option during a limited time frame that is announced by the Housing Assignment Office. This option allows a student to transfer the obligation of the HFS Contract to another eligible student. The student is responsible for locating an eligible student who has not already accepted an HFS Contract. The student agreeing to the contract transfer of obligation will not receive the same type of housing option but will receive a HFS Contract for supplemental housing.

Both the student who is interested in processing a contract transfer of obligation and the student agreeing to accept this HFS contract will need to send an email from their Penn State account to the Housing Assignment Office within a 24-hr period. The Housing Assignment Office will review the request. If the request is approved, the new student will receive an HFS Contract offer. Once the student accepts the offer, the original student will have their HFS Contract cancelled and will be assessed a $100 administrative fee charged to their LionPATH account

Details about the contract transfer of obligation are available in the Terms, Conditions, and Regulations of the HFS Contract. 

In the LiveOn Housing Process, I received an HFS Contract offer from another student, what do I need to do?

If a friend added you to their housing selection during the LiveOn Housing Process, you will receive an HFS Contract offer for that specific housing option. 

  • If you are interested in living on campus in that housing option, you will need to accept the HFS Contract offer before the expiration date. To accept the offer, log in to eLiving and select the Shopping Cart icon. Your HFS Contract offer will be displayed, and you must go through the steps to accept the offer. You will agree to the Terms, Conditions, and Regulations and electronically sign the HFS Contract to accept it. Verify that your HFS Contract is in accepted status.
  • If you are not interested in living on campus, you can let the HFS Contract offer expire.
  • If you are interested in living on campus, but not in that type of housing option, you can let the HFS Contract offer expire. You can then wait to receive your invitation to be able to select from available housing options, then create/accept a HFS Contract offer.
  • Accepting a HFS Contract offer that was made from a friend does not mean that you must live with this person. All students will Update Preferences on the HFS Contract after it is accepted. Roommate requests must be mutual. 

Is the LiveOn Housing Process first-come, first-served?

No. The LiveOn Housing Process is a random invitation system. The date that you Request Housing will not impact when you are selected to receive an invitation. All students who Request Housing will receive an invitation to select housing.

What if I only need housing for one semester?

The University will cancel a student's HFS Contract for the time period that the student will not be on campus, if they are planning on completing study aboard, student teaching, internship, co-op, leave of absence, or graduation. The HFS Contract will NOT be cancelled for a student to move into off-campus housing. If a student is approved for a HFS Contract Cancellation, but then their plans change and they re-enroll in classes, the HFS Contract will be reinstated. 

  • Fall Semester Only: The Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract is for the entire academic year (both fall and spring semesters), and students will need to accept the full-year HFS Contract. Once the student’s LionPATH account is updated to reflect the student's plan (intent-to-graduate is filed, study abroad class scheduled, etc.), the student can submit the Request Contract Cancellation in eLiving. The Housing Assignment Office will confirm the student's plan and then cancel the HFS Contract for the spring semester. No cancellation fee will be charged. 
     
  • Spring Semester Only: Students who need housing for just the spring semester will be able to add their name to the spring semester On-Campus Housing Waitlist that is available in eLivingbeginning at 12:00 p.m. ET (noon), October 1 to receive a HFS Contract offer. All students on the On-Campus Housing Waitlist will be eligible to receive on-campus housing. 

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.

View Online Room Selection dates for your campus.

Invitations

Am I guaranteed to receive a housing invitation in the LiveOn Housing Process?

Yes! Every student who Requests Housing during the LiveOn Housing Process timeline will receive an invitation to view available housing options. However, we are not able to guarantee when the invitation will be made or that your preferred housing option will be available when you receive your invitation

Need more information?

Can I transfer my invitation to another student during the LiveOn Housing Process?

Invitations cannot be transferred to another student. All students who Request Housing will receive an invitation to view available housing options.

Students who did not Request Housing or are not eligible to participate in the LiveOn Housing Process can add their name to the On-Campus Housing Waitlist in eLiving to be considered for housing.

How do I choose a space and accept the HFS Contract?

Students who Request Housing will receive an invitation in eLiving to view available housing options.

  • Invitations are sent by email and text message notification (you must opt in to text message notification; through eLiving under Account Settings).
  • View Invitation in eLiving when it is received.
  • The invitation allows you to view all housing options. Note: Not all options may have space available. As students select spaces, the system will automatically update the housing options available.
  • Select the housing option desired and click ‘Continue’. 
  • If the housing option selected has space for a roommate, a friend can be added to the room selection by indicating their Penn State Access Account ID (e.g.xyz5000)  and clicking ‘continue’. The roommate must Request Housing during the housing process to be eligible.
  • Review your selection and click ‘Create Contract’ to be offered the HFS Contract for your selected housing option.
    • If a friend is listed, this student will also be offered the HFS Contract. The HFS Contract offer must be accepted before the invitation expiration date.
  • 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. It is a good idea to log back into eLiving and view your Contract Summary after signing it to be sure the HFS Contract is in accepted status before the expiration date.

Once the HFS Contract is accepted, it cannot be cancelled.

How will I know I received an invitation in the LiveOn Housing Process?

For the LiveOn Housing Process, there are three methods of communication:

  1. Log in to eLiving during the housing process timeline to see if an invitation has been made. Invitations will appear either in the Shopping Cart, or by selecting View Invitation under contracts. 
  2. An email is sent to the student's Penn State email account immediately after the invitation is offered.
  3. Students may also opt in to receive a text message notification. Update the Account Settings in eLiving to receive text message notifications.

I received a housing invitation but changed my mind and no longer want on-campus housing. Can I decline the invitation?

Invitations allow students to view available housing options and are non-binding. Students receive an invitation but are no longer interested in living on campus can simply let the invitation expire.

Once a student accepts the Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract, the student has agreed to live on campus and the HFS Contract cannot be cancelled. 

I received a housing invitation in the LiveOn Housing Process. Now what do I do?

Once an invitation is received, the student should log in to eLiving and select View Invitation. The system will display all housing options available and indicate how much space is available for each option. Note: Not all options may have space available. As students select spaces, the system will automatically update the housing options available.

The student will select the housing option desired and click ‘continue’. If the housing option selected has space for a roommate, a friend can be added to the room selection by indicating their Penn State Access ID and clicking ‘continue’. The roommate must Request Housing during the LiveOn Housing Process to be eligible.

Review the room selection and click ‘Create Contract’ to generate the HFS Contract offer. If a friend was listed and has submitted a request, this student will also receive an HFS Contract offer. The HFS Contract offer must be accepted before the invitation expiration date.

When accepting the HFS Contract, the student will agree to the Terms, Conditions, and Regulations and electronically sign the HFS Contract to accept it. It is a good idea to log back into eLiving and view your contract after signing it to be sure the HFS Contract is in accepted status before the expiration date.

Once the HFS Contract is accepted, it cannot be cancelled.

I received an invitation, selected a housing option, then closed the browser before creating the contract. The system took me back to step 1 of the process. Can I get back the housing option I originally selected?

No. You will need to log in to eLiving and start the process from the beginning. If that housing option you desire is still available, you can select it. Note: Not all options may have space available. As students select spaces, the system will automatically update the housing options available.

If the housing option is no longer available, you will need to select from the available housing option.

My housing invitation expired, but I still want on-campus housing. Can I still request housing?

Yes! Every student interested in living on campus will be accommodated.

Students who allowed their invitation to expire in the November process should Request Housing in eLiving again between December 1 - January 31 and participate in the February invitation process.  

Students who allowed their invitation to expire in the February process should add their name to the On-Campus Housing Waitlist in eLiving. HFS Contract offers for the double room traditional residence hall housing option will be made on Monday afternoons starting in late-February. Once that space is full, students will be offered a contract for a space in Supplemental Housing

What happens if I don't receive a housing invitation during the LiveOn Housing Process?

All students who participate in the LiveOn Housing Process and Request Housing will receive an invitation in November or February and will be able to view available housing options. This means that every student interested in living on campus next year will be able to select a housing option - however, some housing options may not able when they receive their invitation, but they can select another space and live on campus.

What is a housing invitation?

Students interested in living on campus for the next academic year will need to enter the Housing Process outlined in the Housing Process Timeline. All students who Request Housing during the Housing Process will receive an invitation to live on campus.

Invitations are issued in random order and not based on when a student places their request for an invitation. Students will log in to eLiving to View Invitation. The invitation will give the student the ability to choose from the available housing options, create, and accept a contract.

Once a contract is accepted it cannot be cancelled to move off campus.

When do the housing invitations and HFS Contract offers expire during the LiveOn Housing Process?

Both the invitation and HFS Contract offer have the same expiration date, so you must complete the process of selecting a housing option and accepting the HFS Contract before the expiration date:

  • Monday invitations expire at noon on Thursdays

  • Thursday invitations expire at noon on Mondays

When will I receive a housing invitation in the LiveOn Housing Process?

The LiveOn Housing Process Timeline specifies that housing invitations are made randomly to students who Requested Housing on Mondays and Thursdays in November and February. Invitations will be sent between 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where do I view my housing invitation during the LiveOn Housing Process?

Invitations can be viewed in eLiving.  Once you log in, select View Invitation under contracts. 

Request Housing

Are incoming first-year students eligible to Request Housing in eLiving?

The Housing Process in eLiving is specific to current first-year, change of campus, and upperclass Penn State students.

Incoming first-year students at University Park are guaranteed on-campus housing and required to live on campus. The Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract is included in the offer of admission to Penn State, which can be accepted through MyPennState and paying the non-refundable admission fees and housing deposit. The HFS Contract will then be available in eLiving for students to modify their housing preferences.

Learn more about the First Year Housing Process.

Does my friend have to request housing if we want to live together?

Yes. All students must participate in the Housing Process and  Request Housing to be eligible to receive an invitation and HFS Contract offer.

How do I cancel my housing request during the LiveOn Housing Process

To can your Request Housing submission,

  • Log in to www.eLiving.psu.edu with your Penn State Access Account User ID (e.g., abc1234) and password 

  • Contracts < Request Housing 

  • Your submitted housing request will appear

  • Select the red ‘Cancel Request’ button

  • You will need to confirm that you want to cancel your request

The page will refresh with a confirmation stating: ‘Success!  Your housing request for Penn State University Park has been cancelled.’

If you change your mind, you can re-Request Housing provided that the Request Housing phase is still open, as indicated on the LiveOn Housing Process timeline

How do I Request Housing?

The process to request housing depends upon the type of student: 

Incoming First-Year Students

Incoming first-year students at University Park are guaranteed on-campus housing and required to live on campus. The Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract is included in the offer of admission to Penn State, which can be accepted through MyPennState and paying the non-refundable admission fees and housing deposit. The HFS Contract will then be available in eLiving for students to modify their housing preferences.

Current Students and Change of Campus Students

Students currently living on campus at University and any student attending a Commonwealth Campus are eligible to participate in the Housing Process and Request Housing during the Housing Process Timeline. Although on-campus housing is not guaranteed after a student's first year, every student who is interested in the LiveOn experience will receive an invitation to select from available housing options.  

Transfer Students

Students who are transferring to Penn State from other universities/colleges are eligible to LiveOn and can accept the Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract when accepting the offer of admission through MyPennState and paying the non-refundable admission fees and housing deposit. The HFS Contract will then be available in eLiving for students to modify their housing preferences.

Graduate Students or Students with Families

Eligible students interested in living in graduate/family housing in White Course Apartments can submit a lease application through eLiving and staff will reach out with apartment availability.

If I live off campus at University Park, when can I request on-campus housing?

Although students who live off campus at University Park are not eligible to participate in the housing process, they can still live on campus. Starting at 12:00 p.m. ET (noon) December 1, the On-Campus Housing Waitlist will be available in eLiving.

On Monday afternoons beginning in late-February, students on the On-Campus Housing Waitlist will receive a Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract offer for a double-occupancy room, traditional residence hall housing option. Once all available space in that housing option have been offered, students may receive a HFS Contract offer for supplemental housing

After a student accepts the HFS Contract, the student is then eligible to add their name to another Housing Option Waitlist in eLiving

What if I missed the deadline to Request Housing for next year?

It is not too late for you to LiveOn next year! Starting December 1, the On-Campus Housing Waitlist will be available in eLiving. Log into eLiving and submit a Waitlist request.

On Monday afternoons beginning in late-February, students on the On-Campus Housing Waitlist will receive a Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract offer for a double-occupancy room, traditional residence hall housing option. Once all available space in that housing option have been offered, students may receive a HFS Contract offer for supplemental housing. 

Students must go into eLiving and  Accept Contract before the expiration date. Students are eligible to add their name to another Housing Option Waitlist in eLiving before the April deadline. 

When can I Request Housing?

Current eligible students who interested in living on campus for the next academic year will be able to Request Housing in eLiving during these timeframes:

  • Noon October 1 - Noon October 31
  • Noon December 1 - Noon January 31

Note, incoming first-year students will not participate in this process. Students will accept housing when they accept the offer of admission.

Who is eligible to participate in the LiveOn Housing Process for the next academic year?

Eligibility to Request Housing for the LiveOn Housing Process is based on a student's current residency and campus status:

 

Students who are eligible to participate in the LiveOn Housing Process and Request Housing:

  • University Park: students currently living on campus during fall semester

  • University Park: students who are new to Penn State for spring (including deferrals) will be eligible to participate during the spring semester

  • Commonwealth Campuses: all students attending a campus

 

Students who are not eligible to participate in the LiveOn Housing Process:

  • Incoming first-year students (they accept the HFS Contract through the admissions process)

  • Students who currently live off campus at University Park

  • Students who were eligible but did not Request Housing in accordance with the LiveOn Housing Process Timeline

  • Students who were released from the HFS Contract

  • Students transferring from another university

Students who are not eligible to participate in the LiveOn Housing Process can still be considered for housing - the On-Campus Housing Waitlist is available in eLiving starting noon December 1. Housing will be offered on Mondays starting in late-March

Waitlists

Can I add my name to more than one Housing Options Waitlist?

No, students can only add their name to one Housing Option Waitlist to be considered for reassignment.

Can I remove my name from the Housing Options Waitlist?

Yes.  Log in to eLiving and under the “HFS Contracts” icon, select ‘Summary’. Select the “Waitlist” button next to the HFS Contract. Click on the checkmark to un-select and remove your name from the Waitlist. You are now able to select a different Waitlist.

How do I add my name to a Housing Options Waitlist?

The Housing Options Waitlists is for students who have accepted a Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract for one type of housing option but have interested in reassignment to another housing option

The Housing Options Waitlists open Noon December 1 in eLiving. A student can add their name to ONE Waitlist in eLiving under Contracts and then Waitlist in the drop down menu. Students can select their preferred housing option Waitlist by clicking the Add button under the housing option name. 

Only students who have accepted an HFS Contract are eligible to add their name to a Housing Option Waitlist. As space becomes available, students from the waitlist will be considered for reassignment.

Students who add their name to a Housing Option Waitlist are not guaranteed to be reassigned. 

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 Housing Options Waitlist?

A Housing Option Waitlist is a way for you to indicate your interest in another housing option to be considered for reassignment. The Housing Option Waitlists are only available once a student has accepted an HFS Contract, and then you may only add your name to one Waitlist. The Housing Option Waitlists are available starting at Noon December 1. As staff process cancellations and vacancies occur, students on the Waitlist will be reassigned into that specific housing option.

For example: I have accepted an HFS Contract for a double room, traditional residence hall, but want to live in Eastview Terrace. I can add my name to the Eastview Terrace Waitlist, understanding that I will be reassigned if a vacancy becomes available.

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.

Dining

General

What food options are available to me right now?

For a listing of food choices, explore your dining options

You can also get up to date information via Dining on the Penn State Go app.

What is LionCash and how is a deposit made?

LionCash makes your Penn State id+ Card even more convenient! It’s an online, prepaid flexible account that makes on-campus and off-campus purchases safe and easy. LionCash is used to pay for laundry in the residence halls, and can be used in vending machines and copiers across campus. There are over 200 participating merchants both on and off campus who accept LionCash for payment. Students with a Campus Meal Plan who run low on funds can use LionCash to supplement their meal plan - and still receive the same meal plan discounts.

Deposits are simple to make online, and funds are available immediately! Funds carry over year-to-year, until a student is no longer affiliated with the University. 

To learn more and to make a deposit visit:  https://idcard.psu.edu/overview

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 proteins such as tofu, beans, and quinoa. For more information, please visit the Allergies & Special Diets page.

What if I have food allergies and intolerances?

Penn State Campus Dining offers multiple resources to ensure students with food allergies and intolerances dine safely on campus.  We encourage students to contact the Registered Dietitians’ Office at [email protected] to make a plan for navigating dining on campus.

 

 

Housing

General

Am I required to live on-campus?

Incoming First-Year Students

First-year students are required to reside on campus at University Park.  A student may request a contract exemption from the residency requirement if they are 21 years or older, the student is married and his/her spouse will be at the University, the student has performed active-duty military service, or has graduated from a high school in Centre County and will be living with his or her parent/guardian in a permanent residence.  

Current, Change of Campus, and Transfer Students

A current University Park, Change of Campus, or transfer student is not required to live on campus. However, if a student accepts a HFS Contract, then the student is obligated live on campus, as the HFS Contract cannot be cancelled to move off campus. 

Graduate Students or Students with Families

A graduate student is not required to live on campus. However, if a lease is accepted to live on campus it cannot be cancelled to move off campus. 

Are students guaranteed housing?

Incoming First-Year Students

All first-year students accepted to University Park are required to live on campus and are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Current, Change of Campus, and Transfer Students

Current, Change of Campus, and transfer students are not required to live on campus and are not guaranteed housing. However, all students who are interested in living on campus will be able to either participate in the housing process or utilize the On-Campus Housing Waitlist to receive a HFS Contract. The University has been able to offer on-campus housing to all students who are interested in recent years.

Graduates/Students with Families

On-campus housing is not guaranteed for graduate students or students with families. Students interested in living in Graduate/Family Housing can submit a lease application through eLiving and staff will reach out with apartment availability. 

Can I leave my belongings on campus between the end of summer and beginning of fall?

At the end of Summer Session, all students will need to remove personal belongings from their room assignment. Students will be provided the opportunity to drop-and-go items at the end of Summer Session, if their fall room assignment is available. If the fall room is not cleaned and ready, Housing will provide temporary storage. 

More details about drop-and-go storage will be made available to students towards the end of summer.

Can I receive packages?

All residential students can receive U.S. Postal mail and package deliveries from major delivery agents (USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL) while living in University Housing. When a package is delivered a staff will enter the package or letter into eLiving and the student will receive an email notification to pick up the package at their area Commons Desk. More information can be found on the Mail Services page.

Can incoming first-year students request a specific housing area?

Yes. After a first-year student accepts the offer of admission and Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract through MyPennState, the HFS Contract will be available in the eLiving system for a student to update preferences

You will be able to indicate the following preferences: 

Update preferences by 12:00 p.m. ET (noon) May 15; updates are not accepted after this deadline date.  

Can my bed be lofted?

The University does not recommend that students purchase or build a bed loft system, for many reasons:

  • There are different types of beds used throughout campus
  • Some beds are regular twin size, while others may be extra-long twin size
  • Many bed frames are able to be raised/lowered by the student
  • Some traditional residence halls have built-in furniture, which does not offer much flexibility to add a bed loft
  • Most buildings have a low ceiling height, which does not provide a comfortable fit for both the below/above bed space
  • There are safety concerns for the bed loft used, it may not be stable to support the student

If you are exploring the idea of a bed loft, the University recommends that you wait until room assignments are posted. Then, reach out to the area Housing Office to see if your room is conducive to having a bed loft. 

Do the residence halls have air conditioning?

The majority of residence halls do not offer air conditioning. Some buildings offer a climate-controlled environment, where the system is centrally-controlled and provides either heat or air conditioning during appropriate seasons. In these buildings, students do not have the ability to control the setting. Students who live in North Suites, Nittany Hall, Nittany Apartments, White Course Apartments, and Eastview Terrace have individual control settings in the unit/room that allows a student to control the temperature. As outlined in the Terms, Conditions, and Regulations of the Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract, students are not permitted to install personal air conditioning units.

Students with a medical condition may submit a Request for Reasonable Accommodation in Housing form to be considered for assignment to a room that offers air conditioning. AC units have been pre-installed in specific rooms in traditional residence halls. 

Regardless of the space, the University recommends bringing fans to assist with air circulation. 

Do the residence halls have kitchens?

The University has been upgrading facilities to provide a community kitchen in each residence hall. However, there are some traditional residence halls and suite buildings that do not offer a community kitchen. If the building offers a community kitchen, it will be listed on the individual residence hall 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. 

Does the University provide storage?

The University is not able to offer storage for students’ belongings. All personal items most be removed from University Housing when a student checks-out.

To assist with students who are not able to take belongings home, the University has partnered with Storage Squad to provide a storage and shipping solution. Please visit the Storage Squad website for additional information.

How are non first-year students assigned?

Upper-class students who accept a contract to live on campus, will be assigned to the housing type they accepted (Eastview Terrace, Renovated buildings, Nittany Apartments, Traditional buildings, etc.)  Within the housing type, students are assigned by semester standing order, beginning with the students with the most semesters completed.

How does laundry work?

Each residence hall offers a laundry room with high-efficiency washers and dryers. Nittany Apartments have a laundry room in Nittany Community Center, and both undergraduate and graduate/family housing offer a washer and dryer in each unit. 
 
Laundry machines only accept LionCash for payment.
 
 Tide Wash and Fold Laundry Program is also available.  

How many first-year students live in each housing area?

Incoming first-year students are assigned to one of five housing areas on campus:

Students can indicate housing preferences for housing area and room type on their HFS Contract in eLiving. The preference modification deadline is noon May 15.

Is a housing deposit required?

Incoming First-Year and Transfer Students

First-year and transfer students who accept the offer of admission through MyPennState will pay a non-refundable $100 housing deposit as part of the acceptance process. This housing deposit will then appear as a $100 credit on the student's LionPATH account when their fall or spring semester room and board charges are posted.

Current and Change of Campus Upperclass Students

There is no housing deposit for current and change of campus students who accept a HFS Contract through eLiving for an upcoming contract period.

Graduates and Students with Families

Graduates and students with families who accept a White Course Apartment lease will pay a $100 housing deposit and the first month's rent when completing the lease acceptance in eLiving. The housing deposit is retained until the lease ends.

What can I do if I’m having issues with a roommate?

Living with a roommate can be a new experience for students. Residence Life staff are available to help you work through any conflicts. Please speak with your Resident Assistant (RA) who can provide guidance or your Residence Life Coordinator to resolve larger issues. 

What housing options are available to upper-class students

Incoming First-Year Students

First-year students typically reside in a double room in a traditional residence hall (East, Pollock, South and West), a renovated residence hall (East and North), a suite (North Halls) or a supplemental room (East, Pollock North, South and West).  There is also limited availability of triple and quads (East, Pollock, South and West) and single rooms (Pollock, South and West)

Graduates/Students with Families

Graduate students and students with families can live at the White Course Apartments in a single-student furnished four-bedroom apartment and a one, two or three-bedroom furnished or unfurnished apartment.

All other students

Upper-class students can live in the following types of housing:

  • Traditional residence halls (Pollock, West, and South areas): double, single, triple, and quad rooms
  • Renovated residence halls (South area): Double room
  • Suite with semi-private bathroom: 2 bedroom/2person or 2 bedroom/4person suite (North) ,  2 bedroom/4 person suite (Nittany)
  • Single room with a private bathroom (Eastview Terrace)
  • Apartment with semi-private bathroom,: 2 bedroom/4 person apartment  (Nittany),  a 4bedroom/4person apartment (Nittany Apartments or White Course Apartments)

 

What if I have a medical condition and need special accommodations?

A student with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation related to housing must have an accepted Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract (or lease, in the case of graduate students or students with families) and submit a Request for Reasonable Accommodations in Housing formThe paperwork will be reviewed by professional staff in University Health Services (UHS), and/or Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and/or Student Disability Resources (SDR), who will consult with University Housing to determine what type of housing accommodation can be made. 

What if I need to stay on campus during the break periods (fall break, winter break, and/or spring break)?

In accordance with the University's Academic Calendar, University Housing closes during the following time periods:

  • Fall Break (fourth week in November around the Thanksgiving holiday)
  • Winter Break (beginning at the end of fall semester in December, until January when spring semester begins)
  • Spring Break (one week in March)

To accommodate students who are unable to leave campus during these closedown periods, the University offers a Break Access/Holiday Housing contract. Students who indicate Break Access/Holiday Housing as a preference on the HFS Contract will be assigned to a designated building that will remain open during the breaks. Students with Break Access/Holiday Housing will not be required to leave during the breaks and can remain assigned to their permanent room assignment. There is an additional fee for Break Access/Holiday Housing, which is charged to the student's LionPATH account at the beginning of fall and spring semesters.

What if I only need housing for one semester?

The University will cancel a student's HFS Contract for the time period that the student will not be on campus, if they are planning on completing study aboard, student teaching, internship, co-op, leave of absence, or graduation. The HFS Contract will NOT be cancelled for a student to move into off-campus housing. If a student is approved for a HFS Contract Cancellation, but then their plans change and they re-enroll in classes, the HFS Contract will be reinstated. 

  • Fall Semester Only: The Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract is for the entire academic year (both fall and spring semesters), and students will need to accept the full-year HFS Contract. Once the student’s LionPATH account is updated to reflect the student's plan (intent-to-graduate is filed, study abroad class scheduled, etc.), the student can submit the Request Contract Cancellation in eLiving. The Housing Assignment Office will confirm the student's plan and then cancel the HFS Contract for the spring semester. No cancellation fee will be charged. 
     
  • Spring Semester Only: Students who need housing for just the spring semester will be able to add their name to the spring semester On-Campus Housing Waitlist that is available in eLivingbeginning at 12:00 p.m. ET (noon), October 1 to receive a HFS Contract offer. All students on the On-Campus Housing Waitlist will be eligible to receive on-campus housing. 

What is my mailing address?

Your mailing address is based on the housing area where you live. Visit Mail Services to learn how to properly address your mail and packages. 

What is provided in my room and what should I pack?

Undergraduate Students

Residence halls, suites, and Nittany and White Course Apartments* offer students a twin-size bed (depending upon building, some beds are regular twin and others are extra-long twin), desk and desk chair, drawers (either a dresser or stackable drawer units), and space to hang clothing (either a closet or wardrobe). The University provides one refrigerator/freezer/microwave unit for every two students in a room.

Additional information about what is provided in your room, what to pack, and what to leave behind, is available on the Housing Arrival website, which is designed to prepare students to move into University Housing. Students should also refer to the Terms, Conditions, and Regulations (TCRs) of the Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract. 

*Limited apartments in the 5000 block of Nittany Apartments offer a full-size bed.

Graduates/Students with Families

White Course Apartments offers both furnished and unfurnished units. Both types include a full kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, washer and dryer set. Furnished apartments offer furniture for the living room, kitchen, and bedroom(s). A full list of amenities is listed under each building.

What is the cost of room and board?

Room and board rates are approved by the Board of Trustees for every academic year, normally in the early spring for the upcoming academic year.

Room and board rates are per student, per semester, and are charged to the student's LionPATH account for payment. Students are charged the corresponding room rate based on their actual room assignment. The Campus Meal Plan (board rate) is comprised of a base fee and dining dollars. 

What is the difference between a quad and a suite?

A quad is one large room that accommodates four students in the room. Some quads may offer a bathroom in the quad, but not all quads have bathrooms. Quads are located in traditional residence halls in South, West, and Pollock, and are available for both first-year and upperclass students.

A suite is a two-bedroom/four-person space that also offers a small entry way and bathroom that is shared by the roommates in the suite. Suites are offered in North for both first-year and upperclass students, and in Nittany Hall for upperclass students only. North Halls also offers limited two-bedroom/two-person suites for upperclass students only.

There are different room rates for quads and suites. 

What is the difference between renovated and traditional residence halls?

A traditional residence hall is typical, collegiate-style 'dorm' building. Students are housed mainly in double-occupancy rooms on either side of the corridor, and there are communal bathrooms located on each floor. The communal bathroom is a large room that offers individual toilet stalls, private shower stalls, and several sinks. Traditional residence halls do not offer air conditioning.

A renovated residence hall is a building that has been upgraded by the University. Students are housed mainly in double-occupancy rooms on either side of the corridor, and there are several individual-use bathrooms located on each floor. The bathroom is a single-user bathroom that offers a shower, toilet, and sink. Some bathrooms are only a toilet and sink. External sinks are also available for quick use. Renovated residence halls also offer a community space on the ground floor with a kitchen and living area space, and rooms are climate-controlled. 

 

What size beds does the University offer?

University Housing offers different size mattresses, depending upon housing area and building type. You will want to check your assigned building to determine what size mattress is provided. If a student requires a larger mattress due to height, please contact the Housing Assignment Office to discuss options. There are limited 90" x 36" beds available, but can only fit in a limited number of buildings. For some room configurations, only one extra-long twin bed can be added to the room upon request, depending upon availability of beds.

East Halls

  • traditional residence halls: regular twin (76" x 36") - can accommodate a student up to 6'4" tall

  • renovated residence halls: extra-long twin (80" x 36") - can accommodate a student up to 6'8' tall

Pollock Halls

  • traditional residence halls: regular twin (76" x 36") - can accommodate a student up to 6'4" tall

South Halls

  • regular twin (76" x 36") - can accommodate a student up to 6'4" tall

  • extra-long twin (80" x 36") - can accommodate a student up to 6'8' tall

North Halls

  • extra-long twin (80" x 36") - can accommodate a student up to 6'8' tall

West Halls

  • extra-long twin (80" x 36") - can accommodate a student up to 6'8' tall

Nittany Apartments

  • extra-long twin (80" x 36") all apartments, except those listed below

  • extra-long full-size (80" x 54") for these apartments: 5101, 5102, 5103, 5104, 5105, 5106, 5107, 5108, 5109, 5201, 5202, 5203, 5204, 5301, 5302, 5303, 5304, 5401, 5402, 5403, 5404, 5501, 5502, and 5503

Nittany Hall

  • extra-long twin (80" x 36") - can accommodate a student up to 6'8' tall

Eastview Terrace

  • extra-long twin (80" x 36") - can accommodate a student up to 6'8' tall

White Course Apartments: single-student apartments

  • extra-long twin (80" x 36")

 

When are room assignments available?

Summer and spring assignment information will be made available approximately two weeks prior to arrival.  Fall assignment information will be made available in late July. 

Where can I learn more about dorms?

So you are searching for information about Dorms? At Penn State, we do not refer to buildings as a dorm or dorms - University Housing is referred to as residence halls. Who knew! Penn State offers traditional residence halls and renovated residence halls. There are also suites, singles, and apartments on campus. Explore your housing options to learn more about the different residence halls on campus.

Where do graduate students or non first-year students live?

Incoming First-Year Students

Incoming first-year students have the following options available:

  • Double Room, Traditional Residence Halls (1 roommate) The majority of students live in regular doubles, with limited quads and triples, in Pollock, West, and South Housing Areas; Campus Meal Plan required
  • Double Room, Renovated Residence Halls (1 roommate) The majority of students live in regular doubles in East Halls and Robinson Hall in North Halls; Campus Meal Plan required
  • Single Room, Traditional Residence Halls (no roommates) Single-occupancy rooms located in Pollock, West, and South Housing Areas; Campus Meal Plan required
  • North Hall suites (1-3 roommates) 2-bedroom/4-person suite with shared bathroom, limited 2-bedroom/2-person suites are available; Campus Meal Plan required

Upperclass Students

Upperclass students have the following housing options available:

Graduates/Students with Families

Graduate students and students with families are eligible to live on campus in the White Course Apartments.

Where do I check-in?

For summer session II or fall semester, a central check-in area will be hosted to welcome students to campus. Instructions are posted on the University's Arrival website, and will indicate Arrival days, check-in times, and location. Arrival information will also be communicated in advance. 

For spring semester, Maymester, and summer session I, students can check-in at the Commons Desk located in the housing area of your room assignment. Instructions are posted on the University's Arrival website, and will indicate Arrival days, check-in times, and location. Arrival information will also be communicated in advance.

Once you have moved into University Housing and if your room assignment is changed, you can check-in at the Commons Desk located in the housing area of your room assignment. The Commons Desk is generally open 24 hours/day. 

Where do incoming first-year students live?

Incoming First-Year Students

First year students reside in five areas of campus:  East, Pollock, North, South, and West.  These locations offer traditional buildings, renovated buildings, and suites. Most First-Year students are assigned to a double room in a traditional residence hall.

  • Double Room, Traditional Residence Halls (1 roommate)
    The majority of students live in regular doubles, with limited quads and triples, in East, Pollock, West, and South Housing Areas
     
  • Double Room, Renovated Residence Halls (1 roommate)
    Renovated spaces are limited and those that are assigned live in renovated double in East or North halls.
     
  • Single Room, Traditional Residence Halls (no roommates)
    Single-occupancy rooms are limited and located in Pollock, West, and South Housing Areas.

Meal Plans

General

Can I change my meal plan? What if I need more money for another week living on campus?

When a student accepts the HFS Contract, the Campus Meal Plan will default to level 2. When a student accepts the HFS Contract, the Campus Meail Plan will defalut to level 2. The Campus Meal Plan level can be managed on eLiving, under My Info < My Meal Plan, through the last day of finals for the semester. The system will display whether the student's account is eligible to be increased or decreased.

If dining dollar funds are running low, you can also add funds to LionCash. Current Campus Meal Plan account holders have the benefit of utilizing LionCash funds to backfill your Campus Meal Plan and receive the same discounted rate as the meal plan. Students simply tell the cashier that they have a campus meal plan and the appropriate discount will be applied.

How do I check my meal plan balance?

Students can check 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.

The Campus Meal Plan level can be managed on eLiving, under "My Info" < My Meal Plan, through the last day of finals for the semester. The system will display whether the student's account is eligible to be increased or decreased.

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 can be accessed via your Penn State id+ Card. Dining dollars will be added to your account; the amount of dining dollars depends upon which level of the Campus Meal Plan account you have selected. When you visit a dining facility operated by Penn State Housing and Food Services, you will 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. The amount of your purchase depends upon the location and what is purchased. 

The Campus Meal Plan can be used at all on-campus dining options. At University Park there are over 30 eateries on campus, including the CreameryHUB Dining, Beaver Stadium, and other sports facilities. The “all-you-care-to-eat” dining option in offered in 5 Residential Dining locations and offers the best value to meal plan members.

Campus Meal Plan members receive a discount on their qualifying purchases. 

If I live off campus, can I purchase a meal plan and what are the options?

Students living off campus are eligible to purchase a Campus Meal Plan, Commuter Meal Plan, or use LionCash. Meal plans can be purchased on eLiving, under Contracts > Purchase Meal Plan link.

Learn more about the meal plan options to determine which one is the best fit for you. 

Is the meal plan required, can I cancel it?

The Campus Meal Plan is required for students living on campus, with the exception of those living in on-campus apartments, where it is optional. For students required to purchase a Campus Meal Plan, it must be purchased for each semester and cannot be canceled.

The Commuter Meal Plan is available for on-campus apartment residents and commuting students; it is not required. Students interested in making changes to a Commuter Meal Plan should contact their campus Housing and Food Services Office or for University Park, the id+ Office.

Students who withdraw or end their relationship with the University after the semester has started may be eligible for a refund of remaining dining dollars and, for the Campus Meal Plan, a prorated refund of the base cost, within the timeframe outlined in the HFS Contract Terms, Conditions, and Regulations. Any refund will be credited to the student's LionPATH account or to the credit card used to purchase the meal plan.

The meal plan cannot be transferred or assigned to another individual.

What are the different meal plan discounts?

Campus Meal Plan account holders have access to the greatest discounts in on-campus dining:

  • 65 percent off cash price at Buffet-to-Go and All-You-Care-to-Eat locations
  • 65 percent off cash price on prepared items* at food courts
  • 10 percent off campus price 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 off cash price 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?

Campus Meal Plan

Dining Dollars remaining at the end of  summer session are carried over to fall semester, and Dining Dollars remaining at the end of fall semester are carried over to spring semester, provided the student has an active Campus Meal Plan for the fall and spring semester, respectfully. Dining Dollars remaining at the end of the spring semester are forfeited. Students have the ability to manage their Campus Meal Plan through eLiving until the last day of the semester.

Students living on campus are required to purchase a Campus Meal Plan each semester. 

When a student accepts the HFS Contract, the Campus Meal Plan will default to level 2. The Campus Meal Plan level can be managed on eLiving, under "My Info" < My Meal Plan, through the last day of finals for the semester. The system will display whether the student's account is eligible to be increased or decreased.

If dining dollar funds are running low, you can also add funds to LionCash. Current Campus Meal Plan account holders have the benefit of utilizing LionCash funds to backfill your Campus Meal Plan and receive the same discounted rate as the meal plan. Students simply tell the cashier that they have a campus meal plan and the appropriate discount will be applied.

Commuter Meal Plan

Commuter Meal Plan funds carry over from fall to spring regardless of whether a spring commuter meal plan has been purchased.

LionCash

LionCash never expires and is available until you are no longer registered as a Penn State student.
 

What is LionCash and how is a deposit made?

LionCash makes your Penn State id+ Card even more convenient! It’s an online, prepaid flexible account that makes on-campus and off-campus purchases safe and easy. LionCash is used to pay for laundry in the residence halls, and can be used in vending machines and copiers across campus. There are over 200 participating merchants both on and off campus who accept LionCash for payment. Students with a Campus Meal Plan who run low on funds can use LionCash to supplement their meal plan - and still receive the same meal plan discounts.

Deposits are simple to make online, and funds are available immediately! Funds carry over year-to-year, until a student is no longer affiliated with the University. 

To learn more and to make a deposit visit:  https://idcard.psu.edu/overview

What is the cost of room and board?

Room and board rates are approved by the Board of Trustees for every academic year, normally in the early spring for the upcoming academic year.

Room and board rates are per student, per semester, and are charged to the student's LionPATH account for payment. Students are charged the corresponding room rate based on their actual room assignment. The Campus Meal Plan (board rate) is comprised of a base fee and dining dollars. 

What type of meal plans are available?

There are three different meal plan options:

  • Campus Meal Plan: required for all students living in University Housing, except for Nittany and White Course Apartments
  • Commuter Meal Plan: optional plan for students living in Nittany and White Course Apartments and students living in off-campus housing
  • LionCash: available for all students to use (those with a meal plan should use that instead though)

Where can I use my meal plan?

Campus Meal Plan dining dollars can be used at ALL Campus Dining locations any Penn State Campus*, 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 any Penn State Campus*.

LionCash can be used at ALL Campus Dining locations any Penn State Campus* and any participating merchant throughout Pennsylvania.

 

*Penn State 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

Food Allergies / Special Diets

What if I have food allergies and intolerances?

Penn State Campus Dining offers multiple resources to ensure students with food allergies and intolerances dine safely on campus.  We encourage students to contact the Registered Dietitians’ Office at [email protected] to make a plan for navigating dining on campus.

 

 

Sorority Chapter Housing

General

Where do sorority chapters live?

Each sorority chapter has an identified floor in a renovated residence hall in South Halls, with each floor housing between 26-33 students. Students are assigned to double-occupancy rooms. Individual, private-use bathrooms are available on each floor, along with a dedicated sorority chapter suite that includes a living room and kitchenette for exclusive use by chapter members. A large meeting room is also available on the first floor. 

How can I live in a sorority housing?

Sorority chapter housing on campus focuses on housing students during their first year of membership.

Students interested in sorority chapter housing should consider their housing plans to determine which course of action to take:

  1. Students who want to live on campus for the next academic year, whether or not they are assigned to sorority chapter housing, should participate in the LiveOn Housing Process for current students. Students should Request Housing in October; in November invitations are sent out and students can review housing options, select a space, and create/accept a Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract offer.  

    If a student is invited to live on the sorority chapter floor after recruitment ends, the student's HFS Contract will be converted to the sorority chapter contract and a room assignment will be processed. No further action is required by the student.
     

  2. Students who are only interested in living in sorority chapter housing (meaning, they do not want to live on campus in any housing option unless it is for sorority chapter housing) should not participate in the LiveOn Housing Process for current students.

    Students who are then invited to live on the sorority chapter floor will receive a HFS Contract offer in early February, which the student needs to accept before the offer expiration date, and then a room assignment will be processed.

What if I only want to live on campus IF it's in my sorority?

Students who are only interested in living in sorority chapter housing (meaning, they do not want to live on campus in any housing option unless it is for sorority chapter housing) should not participate in the LiveOn Housing Process for current students.

Students who are then invited to live on the sorority chapter floor will receive a HFS Contract offer in early February, which the student needs to accept before the offer expiration date, and then a room assignment will be processed. 

Can I have a friend live with me in sorority housing?

Space on the sorority chapter floor is reserved for members only, students are not able to have friends who are not members live with them in sorority chapter housing.

Can I live on a sorority floor for only one semester?

The sorority chapter is required to maintain floor occupancy for the entire academic year. Students with a sorority chapter HFS Contract are expected to live on campus the entire academic year. Chapter members who only plan to live on campus for one semester will be assigned to general housing.

I received a sorority chapter HFS Contract, but it expired. Can it be re-offered?

Once a Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract offer has expired, it cannot be reoffered.

If you are interested in on-campus housing, you can participate in the LiveOn Housing Process:

What if I accepted a Sorority Contract but then decided to disaffiliate from the sorority?

The HFS Contract is a legally binding agreement and cannot be cancelled for you to move off campus. Please contact the Housing Assignment Office to discuss reassignment to another available housing option.

Living Learning Communities

General

What is a Living Learning Community (LLC)?

Living Learning Community (LLCs) are sections of University Housing where students with similar interests or majors reside together. In addition to the normal programming and events that are offered by Residence Life, LLCs offer additional programming and social events for residents to develop a close-knit community. LLCs are available for both first-year and upperclass students. Some LLCs are reserved strictly for first-year students, while other LLCs offer students the ability to return to the living environment. 

Learn more about Living Learning Communities (LLCs).

 

Can I receive a contract offer for my LLC and also for other housing options?

Living Learning Community (LLCs) Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contracts will be offered before the first round of housing Invitations in November. The HFS Contract offer will expire at 12:00 p.m. (noon) the day the first round of invitations are sent. Once an LLC HFS Contract is accepted, a student is no longer eligible to receive an invitation because they have agreed to live in the LLC housing option and have an active HFS Contract.

If a student does NOT accept the LLC HFS Contract, that offer will expire. Once the offer expires, the LLC housing option will not be reoffered. If the offer has expired, then a student is eligible to participate in the Housing Process. Beginning 12:00 p.m. ET (noon) December 1 an eligible student can log on to eLiving and request housing to receive an invitation in the February invitation process..

I am an upperclass student. Can I join an LLC if I did not participate as a first-year student?

Upperclass students can indicate a desire to join an LLC when they Update Preferences on their HFS Contract in eLiving. If space is available, upperclass would be considered for placement in the LLC.

I am returning to my LLC. Can I request a roommate?

When you request housing, a roommate request cannot be indicated. Upperclass LLC members will self-select a room assignment. Although you cannot indicate a roommate preference on the HFS Contract, you and your roommate (also a part of your LLC) can self-select a rom together. More details on this process will be provided to eligible students just prior to the self-selection process.

I did not accept my Living Learning Community (LLC) HFS Contract and opted to participate in the LiveOn Housing Process. I do not see any housing options that I want. Can I return to the LLC?

Once the LLC HFS Contract offer has expired, we can not extend the offer to return to the LLC.

If the student is interested in living on campus they should choose from the available Housing Options before their invitation expires. Once they have an accepted HFS Contract, the student can Update Preferences and request to return to the LLC. If space is available they will be considered for assignment. 

I'm in a Living Learning Community (LLC). How can I return to the LLC?

Certain LLCs offer the ability to return to the living environment, while some are intended just for first-year students. 

If your LLC has a return-to-living-environment, you must earn eligibility to LiveOn for the next academic year. Eligibility is based on participating and other requirements, and will be discussed during LLC meetings. 

Students who are eligible to return to the LLC must Request Housing between noon October 1 - noon October 31. An HFS Contract offer for the LLC will be made in November, and must be accepted before the offer expiration date. Review the housing process timeline to view the specific date that LLC offers will be made.

Is there an additional cost for participating in a Living Learning Community (LLC)?

There is no additional cost to participate in a Living Learning Community (LLC). However, pricing may vary depending on the location of the LLC. Be sure to check the Room & Board Rates for the specific location of the selected LLC.

What is the deadline for first-year students to apply for a Living Learning Community (LLC)

To be considered for placement in the LLC, first-year students should indicate their interest in the preference section of their Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract by 12:00 p.m. ET (noon) on May 15. Some LLCs require a secondary application. The Living Learning Communities (LLCs) website had more information on specific housing areas and buildings for the communities and includes information if a secondary application is required.

Gender-Inclusive Housing

General

What is Gender Inclusive Housing?

The University is proud to offer students who identify as a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ally students community. In addition to the Ally House Living Learning Community which is available to any student, the University offers several Gender Inclusive Housing options across campus to meet the individual needs of a student and where a staff member will work with a student one-on-one to identify the most appropriate room assignment. Upper-class students may also utilize the Open Housing option, where students of any gender may live together in a space. 

Where is Ally house located, and what room types are offered?

Ally House is located in West Housing Area in a traditional residence hall. Room types offered include single-, double-, and triple-occupancy rooms. Ally House accommodates both first-year and upper class students.  First-year students are assigned with other first-year students, and upper class students are assigned with other upper class students. There are several communal bathrooms available, with no gender designation.

Am I guaranteed gender inclusive housing each year?

The University will work with students who are interested in either gender-inclusive housing, open housing, or assignment to the Ally House for every year that the student remains in on-campus housing.

Students interested in gender-inclusive housing:

  • Incoming first-year students can indicate Gender Inclusive Housing as a Living Learning Community preference on their HFS Contract. A staff member from the Housing Assignment Office will reach out to the student to work with them directly to ensure that a room assignment is processed that will make the student feel safe and secure living on campus.
  • Current students who are interested in returning to on-campus housing will need to Request Housing during the housing process. All students who Request Housing will receive an invitation to live on campus. The student can select a housing option and accept a HFS Contract. Once a student has accepted a HFS Contract, the Housing Assignment Office will work with the student to ensure that a room assignment is processed that will make the student feel safe and secure living on campus.

Students who are interested in the Ally House:

  • incoming first-year students can indicate Ally House as a Living Learning Community preference on their HFS Contract
  • current students assigned to Ally House have the option to return to the living environment; they must Request Housing and then will receive a direct HFS Contract offer for Ally House
  • current students who are not a part of Ally House but interested in living in the environment can indicate their interest by adding their name to the Ally House Waitlist after they've accepted a HFS Contract

As a first-year student, what are my gender inclusive housing options if I'm not interested in Ally House?

The University will work one-on-one with a student who is interested in a gender inclusive room assignment. To facilitate this assignment, the student needs to contact staff earlier in the process to have a confidential consultation and discuss available housing options.  

Gender Inclusive Housing options a student may be assigned to include:

  1. single- or double-occupancy room with private in-room bath in a traditional residence hall (these room types are very limited in availability)
  2. single- or double-occupancy room with a gender neutral bathroom in close proximity (individual, private-use bathrooms shared by residents on the floor - similar to a bathroom in a home) in a traditional or renovated residence hall
  3. single- or double-occupancy room with attached semi-private bathroom shared with another single- or double-occupancy room (roommate and/or suitemates) in a suite-style building in North Halls

As a parent paying the bill, what if I do not want my student to live in gender inclusive housing?

The HFS Contract is between Penn State and the student, and as an adult, the student holds the decision making rights. The University encourages parents and students to communicate about gender inclusive housing and the needs of the student.

The University is required to follow FERPA guidelines and is not able to disclose details about a student's account or room assignment, despite who may be paying the bill, providing confidentiality for the student.

Can a student be assigned to gender inclusive housing without requesting it?

Gender inclusive housing is available throughout campus in a variety of housing options. A student could be assigned to a space that meets their personal needs, but they may not have specifically requested gender inclusive housing or disclosed their personal situation to the University. Therefore, a student could be assigned with a roommate who may identify differently from themselves, if that student did not request gender inclusive housing or a specific roommate.

Upper-class students interested in Open Housing will submit the Open Housing Agreement form for consideration.

Can I live as a couple with my significant other?

Gender inclusive housing is not intended for students who are in a romantic relationship. Students who are married, have a partner, and/or dependents are be eligible to live in Graduate & Family Housing, located in White Course Apartments.

Do you offer roommate matching in gender inclusive housing?

Although the University does not offer roommate matching service, students who are interested in gender inclusive housing can discuss options that may be available for a room assignment that includes a roommate. Learn more about gender inclusive housing

Does gender inclusive housing come with an additional cost?

There is no additional fee to be assigned to a gender inclusive housing option, the student will be charged the applicable room rate for the space.

What happens if a vacancy occurs in my gender inclusive housing assignment?

Upperclass students will complete the "Open Housing Agreement" form so that there is an understanding of what happens if a roommate drops out of the room assignment. The student(s) remaining in the space will have the opportunity to request another roommate who agrees to the open housing conditions. If another roommate is not able to be identified, the room will be converted to a single gender room, and another roommate of the same gender will be assigned by the Housing Assignment Office.

Learn more about Gender Inclusive Housing.

Why did Penn State introduce gender inclusive housing?

The Association of Residence Hall Students (ARHS) drafted a proposal to offer gender-neutral housing beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year.  ARHS believed that offering gender-neutral housing would provide an environment where all students could feel comfortable and safe. The University piloted the program, and based on the response, decided to continue to offer the option for upper-class students. 

UPDATE April 2018: a review of the gender-neutral housing process was conducted by the Housing Assignment Office and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Ally (LGBTQA) Student Resource Center, and a decision was made to change the name to "gender inclusive housing". For upper-class students, housing will be referred to as "Open Housing", since the University is able to accommodate gender inclusive housing is almost every housing option offered to upper-class students.

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