Your To-Do List

Contact Your Roommate

You will receive notification by mid-July informing you when you can view your room assignment information on eLiving. Your room assignment information will include your housing assignment and roommate information. If you have not met your roommate(s), give them a call and introduce yourself. Now is a good time to talk about your interests, your families, why you chose Penn State, and what each of you plans to bring with you. This way, you won't duplicate items like TVs, game consoles, or DVD players. For a complete list of items that are prohibited in the residence area, refer to the Housing Contract Terms, Conditions, and Regulations.

Get Registered

All students must complete the registration process, which consists of 1) enrolling in specific courses and 2) payment of tuition, fees, and room and board charges. Students arriving that have an incomplete registration will be given a timeframe to complete the registration process or will be required to vacate on-campus housing.

If you have decided not to attend Penn State this fall, but received a room assignment, please contact Housing and Food Services as soon as possible to discuss canceling your Housing Contract. This will grant another student the opportunity to live on campus, as well as provide the maximum refund possible for you.

Penn State id+ Card

The Penn State id+ Card is the official identification card for Penn State. It allows you 24-hour admittance to your residence hall, access to your Campus Meal Plan, and access to any funds you've deposited in your LionCash+ account, which you can use to pay for bookstore purchases, off-campus merchant purchases, University laundry facilities, and more. If you did not have your picture taken for your id+ card prior to check-in, you will need to visit the Housing and Food Services Office on move-in day to receive your id+ card.


Bring personal items that will help you feel at home in your new room. Review our helpful checklist to find out which items you should bring and which you should leave at home. For a listing of items that are prohibited in the residence halls, refer to the Terms, Conditions, and Regulations.

We suggest that you pack light when you come for Welcome Week. Don't bring all your belongings on your first trip to campus. You may want to wait to see how much storage space you have and then plan on bringing additional items at another time. Pack everything in boxes or storage bins; clearly mark each with your name and room number.

Set Up Your Computer

You will need to configure your computer at least three business days before you arrive on campus so that you do not have connection delays once you get here. For more information, including step-by-step configuration instructions and computer system requirements, visit Internet Technology Services, and review the connection setup checklist.

Consider Expanded Cable

Your room and board fee includes the cost of basic cable television service. If you are interested in expanded service, you can contact Comcast at 1-877-397-6993 for information about rates and billing options for expanded service.

AlcoholEdu Program

The AlcoholEdu program is a two-part program that is a requirement for all new Penn State students. Part 1 must be completed before classes begin. You will receive an email with instructions for how to log on to the course, which takes approximately three hours to complete (you can take breaks as you go along). You will need a computer with Internet access and audio capability to complete the program. Visit the Healthy Student web site for additional information.