Your To-Do List
Contact Your Roommate
Prior to arrival, room assignment and roommate information will be available in eLiving. Select "My Room" from the left-hand navigation. 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.
Paying Your Bill
All students must pay the bill, available through the Bursar. If a student has an unpaid bill, the student will be notified during the semester. The notification will include deadline dates and ramifications for an unpaid bill.
If you have decided not to attend Penn State, but received a room assignment, please contact the Assignment Office as soon as possible to cancel your Housing Contract.
Learn more about your 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, downtown merchant purchases, bus tokens, laundry services, and more. If you did not have your picture taken for your id+ card prior to check-in, you will need to come to the id+ Office on move-in day to get an id+ card.
Bring personal items that will help you feel at home in your new room. Review our helpful checklists 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, see the Terms, Conditions, and Regulations.
We suggest that you pack light when you come for Arrival. 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 and clearly mark each with your name and room number. You may store one piece of luggage in the residence hall storage area.
Before you drive to campus, please review our parking and unloading information.
Residence Hall Wireless
Wireless is available in all residence halls. Students can use both the Penn State wireless network and Ethernet connection. Learn more about registering for an Ethernet Connection.
Students must have a working PSU AccessID and password to use a wireless connection. Students must set up their wireless devices in advance, unless they are using Windows 8. For students not using Windows 8, visit the wireless setup page for further instructions. For students using Windows 8, to connect select "psu" from the list of available wireless networks and enter your PSU AccessID and password.