Benefits of Campus Living
Living on campus at University Park is an important part of the Penn State experience. It's a tradition! Graduate students or undergraduate students with families have the opportunity to live in the White Course Apartment Complex, a unique living environment conveniently located on campus.
Here are just a few of the many benefits to living on campus:
You'll be able to meet other graduate students or those who have families in the complex.
The White Course Apartment complex is conveniently located on campus, but still provides privacy to feel like a separate community.
Your Resident Assistant (RA) will be available to answer any questions you might have as you get settled in at Penn State.
Students living in University housing accept a White Course Apartment lease, and can easily re-apply to return for the next academic year. Rent payments are conveniently managed through LionPATH.
On-campus living is fun and convenient. There are many services and features included with your apartment.
Internet connections are provided in your rental unit and included in your rent. For assistance connecting to the Internet, please contact ResCom.
Each rental unit is equipped with a washer and dryer and there are no additional fees for using the laundry machines.
All residents, including dependents listed on the lease, are able to receive mail and packages.
Mailboxes with combination locks are located in the Weston Community Center, next to the Information Desk.
To receive mail, please use the following format:
Apartment number and building name
University Park, PA 16802 - (Extended ZIP code)
- Do not use “Penn State” or “The Pennsylvania State University” in the address. Only mail addressed to the occupant of the apartment will be processed.
- Packages delivered by U.S. mail, UPS, FedEx, and other carriers will be delivered to the Community Center. When a lease resident receives a package, an email message will be sent to the primary lease holder. All packages can be picked up at the Information Desk.
- The Brown 11 parking areas at White Course Apartments are reserved 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and require a valid Brown 11 student parking permit.
- Each student leaseholder at White Course Apartments may register online for a Brown 11 permit.
- All others living at White Course Apartments must visit the Transportation Services Office to purchase a Brown 11 permit.
- Hourly and daily paid visitor parking for White Course Apartments and West Campus is available at the West Deck, located just east of White Course Apartments.
Bicycles are a great way to get around the University Park campus and State College community. University housing areas offer outdoor bike racks, and some areas provide limited indoor bike storage space as well. All bicycles must be registered per University Policy SY16. Those without their own bike can sign up with Spin to rent electric-assist bikes on demand.
The Weston Community Center features meeting and recreation rooms that residents can reserve. Registered campus student organizations can also reserve these rooms through Residence Life for meetings and social events.
Ceiling light out? Window stuck? Don't fret, just FixIt.
FixIt, Penn State's routine maintenance request system for on-campus residents, allows convenient and easy online submissions. Simply log in, describe the issue, and select times for an appointment. Our team will contact you within 24 hours to confirm your appointment and keep you updated at every stage of repair.
What is the difference between routine and emergency repairs?
Routine repairs are problems that can be scheduled and do not require immediate attention—even though residents naturally want the issue taken care of as soon as possible. Examples include a burned-out light bulb, problems with the refrigerator/microwave unit, a torn window screen, etc.
Emergencies are identified as anything that needs to be fixed immediately. If it's not remedied, serious injury or damage will result. Emergency repair examples include:
- Loss of hot or cold water
- Loss of heat
- Loss of electricity (beyond normal power outages)
- Electrical hazard
- Flooding or major leak
- Gas leak
- Any condition that represents a significant imminent threat or potential hazard to the community
- Glass window breakage that is a potential safety and/or security hazard
- Pest emergencies (bats, bees, etc.)
If you're experiencing an emergency maintenance issue, please contact the White Course Housing Office (during normal business hours), the RA on duty (after normal business hours), or University Police (814-863-1111).
The majority of apartment buildings feature an electronic card access system that is in service seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The Weston Community Center does not use the card access system and is open from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., seven days a week, excluding holidays. Only individuals indicated on the lease (aged 10 and older) are eligible for card access. Family members may not share their Penn State id+ Card with other family members or guests.
- Single-student apartments: A courtesy telephone is installed in the kitchen. Local, on-campus, or emergency phone calls to 911 can be made on this phone. A calling card is required for long-distance phone calls.
- Family apartments: A telephone connection is available in the apartment and included in the rent. Residents are responsible for bringing a phone and cord. To activate the landline phone service, visit the Weston Community Center to complete a phone activation form.
Trash and recycling containers are located outside each residence area. Cardboard, office paper, aluminum cans, and plastic can be recycled. Please follow guidelines for keeping the community healthy and safe.
The single-student apartments and one-bedroom family apartments in White Course Apartments have a card access security system, and all residents over the age of 10 are required to have an id+ Card. A Penn State Access Account is required to receive an id+ Card.
Water usage fees are included in your monthly rent. It is important to conserve water. The water in White Course Apartments is the same water available to the rest of Penn State and is tested regularly for safety.
Electricity, heat, and air conditioning are provided, and the cost is included in your monthly rent. A thermostat control unit for both air conditioning and heat is located in the living room area. Refer to rules and regulations for items prohibited.
School-age children residing in White Course Apartments attend the State College Area School District.
Children's Play Area
Two playgrounds with jungle gyms are located near the Community Center.
Community garden plots are available in the complex for growing flowers, vegetables, and spices. Please do not plant anything in the ground surrounding the apartment buildings.
Events and Activities
Community-wide monthly activities, such as dinners and social and educational programs, help residents get to know each other. Visit the listing of events and activities for specific dates, times, and descriptions.