Benefits of Campus Living
Living on campus at University Park is an important part of the Penn State experience. It's a tradition! First-year students attending Penn State University Park are required to live on campus, and space is guaranteed in University housing. Current students are eligible to LiveOn for future academic years.
Here are just a few of the many benefits to living on campus:
You'll have a fellow first-year student as a roommate, of course, but there will also be many other first-year students in your building to hang out with. Several of our residence halls are reserved exclusively for first-year students! Students tell us that it's easy to make friends in the residence halls than if they were living off campus.
We've found that first-year students who live on campus get better grades—especially those enrolled in a Living Learning Community related to their major.
First-year students are housed throughout campus in East, Pollock, North, South, and West Housing Areas, which are all conveniently located near classroom buildings and dining facilities. Upperclass students can live in Pollock, North, South, West, Eastview Terrace, Nittany Apartments, and White Course Apartments.
Students living in University housing accept a Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract for the academic year, not a year-long lease, which is typical in off-campus housing. You are only obligated to the HFS Contract for the semester(s) or session(s) you'll be enrolled as a student, so if you plan to graduate a semester early, study abroad, or participate in an internship elsewhere, the remainder of the HFS Contract can be cancelled without penalty.
On-campus living is fun and convenient. There are many services and features included with your room or apartment.
Housekeeping staff is available Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to clean and maintain our residence halls. To ensure a comfortable and healthy living environment, the housekeeping staff performs the following tasks:
- Cleaning and disinfecting bathrooms and fixtures
- Traditional and renovated residence hall bathrooms are cleaned on a daily schedule
- North and Nittany Suites are sanitized on a rotating basis; students should clean the bathroom between sanitation visits
- Eastview Terrace, Nittany Apartments, and White Course Apartments residents are required to clean the bathrooms
- Cleaning and disinfecting showers
- Removing common area trash and recycling material
- Sweeping and vacuuming lobby areas and hallways
- Cleaning lobby areas
- Repairing and maintaining building system components (as needed)
- Performing other duties as necessary
Students are responsible for the condition of their residence room, furnishings, and any damages or losses that may occur during occupancy. Students should do their part to keep the residence halls clean:
- Dispose of trash in designated areas, making sure everything goes in—not around—the containers. Residents may not put personal trash in the bathroom or lobby receptacles.
- Sort recyclable material by following the instructions on the receptacles.
- Clean up after yourself. If you create a mess, clean it up.
- Put what you sweep from your room in the trash can, not the hall.
- Clean your room regularly.
- Never put food down the bathroom sinks.
- Vacuum cleaners, cleaning supplies, and tool kits are available to check out from the commons desk.
University housing areas offer outdoor bike racks, and some areas provide limited indoor bike storage space as well. A student may keep their bike in the room, provided that their roommate agrees. Bikes are not permitted in lounges, laundries, hallways, bathrooms, or other public areas in the residence halls. Students are required to register their bicycle per University Policy SY16.
Fully equipped laundry facilities are located in each building or residence area for use by on-campus residents. LionCash is the only accepted way to pay for laundry. The wash cycle is $1.75 per cycle, and drying is $0.75 per cycle. LionCash funds are easily deposited online, or at the id+ Office. Problems with laundry facilities should be reported to your housekeeper or the Housing Operations office.
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, bed bugs, etc.)
For lockouts or lock problems, contact your Commons Desk.
If you have concerns about mold in your residence hall, please contact your Housing Area Office.
If you are experiencing an emergency maintenance issue, please contact the Housing Area Office (during normal business hours), the RA on duty (after normal business hours), or University Police (814-863-1111).
University housing areas feature 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.
Visit transportation.psu.edu to find your way on or off campus.
- Free rides campus wide with shuttles and CATABUS Link or Loop
- Drive on-demand with a Zipcar membership
- Sign up for a Spin electric bike or register your own bike
- Review parking permit eligibility
Penn State has taken proactive measures to reduce waste and protect the environment. The residence hall areas have been leaders in Penn State's recycling movement, and all residents are encouraged to participate. Convenient recycling containers are located throughout campus. Cardboard, office paper, aluminum cans, and plastic can be recycled.
- In accordance with state and local fire regulations, fire drills are conducted on a monthly basis in all residence areas. Everyone in the building during an emergency drill must vacate the building according to instructions. Failure to vacate the building will result in disciplinary action.
- Students are responsible for taking precautions to prevent fires. Candles, incense, and other flame-emitting articles are prohibited.
- Fire alarms, fire extinguishers, and exit signs are located on every floor in each building. All residence halls are equipped with sprinkler systems. Students should familiarize themselves with the location of the fire equipment on their floors. In some areas, smoke detectors are provided. Tampering with this equipment will result in severe disciplinary and/or criminal action under federal and state laws.
Card Access System
- Access to each residence hall is controlled by an electronic card access security system that is maintained 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You should carry your Penn State id+ card at all times so you can get into your residence hall. Access to your residence hall is enabled during the normal academic year only - access is suspended during breaks and over the summer. Never leave personal valuable items in your room during breaks.
- If your card doesn't work in the card reader of your building, stop by the Commons Desk for assistance.
- Report a lost card anytime online or at the id+ office during normal business hours. Your card access will be suspended to prevent someone else from using your card. You'll be issued a new card and charged a replacement fee.
- For the safety of all residents, outside entrance doors are to remain closed at all times. If a door is propped open, an alarm will sound. To shut off the alarm, remove any props and close the door.
Important Safety Tips
- Keep windows locked.
- Keep room doors locked—including when you're in the bathroom, across the hall visiting a friend, in the laundry room, or sleeping.
- Meet guests/visitors at the entrance door.
- Know where your id+ card and room key is at all times.
- Walk-in groups when traveling outside, especially at night. University Police offers the Safe Walk Service, where a walking accompaniment can assist an individual who may feel unsafe walking late at night. Call 814-865-9255 to request assistance.
- Travel in well-lit, heavy traffic areas.
- Know where the emergency phones are located on campus.
- Report suspicious behavior or unauthorized people to University Police at 814-863-1111.
- Report stolen keys and id+ cards immediately.
- Let strangers into buildings or rooms.
- Let people piggyback into the building.
- Tamper with exit alarms.
- Prop open a door.
- Lend your id+ card or room key to others.
Students interested in taking an active role in residence hall area government should check out the Association for Residence Hall Students (ARHS)! ARHS is committed to being the voice of residence hall students.
Each residence hall has at least one television in a common room. The number of television sets in a residence hall varies according to size and student population. Cable television service is provided in common areas only; students can connect to streaming platforms using smart devices connected through roomgear.