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Berks Fall 2024

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Check-in Schedule

We are excited to welcome students to Penn State Berks. Watch your email for arrival reminders and additional instructions. Please arrive during your scheduled move-in time and be prepared to show your photo ID. If scheduled to arrive outside of move-in times listed above, please check in at the Housing and Food Services office.

Check-in Information

Before arriving to campus:

  • Beginning 24 hours before your scheduled arrival time, log on to eLiving and complete pre-arrival check-in. This step will initiate card access to the building and help speed up the process at arrival.
  • Set up your mobile id+ card using the instructions at

At check-in:

Bring yourself and your photo ID (Incoming students who haven't already picked up their id+ Card will receive it when they check-in); you may not send a friend or family member to check in for you.

Move-in Tips

  • Members of your family may unload your vehicle while you check in.
  • Please move your vehicle to a designated parking lot as soon as it is unloaded.
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Your To-Do List

What to Pack

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  • Alarm Clock
  • Baskets for toiletries and storage
  • Bed risers
  • Bedding (Twin XL)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Laptop, printer, and cables
  • Desk lamp, desk supplies
  • DVD player and cables
  • Face masks, hand sanitizer
  • Fan (portable), box fan for window
  • Financial items (checking/savings account, credit/debit card, health insurance card, Social Security card, driver's license, etc.)
  • First-Aid kit (band-aids, cotton balls, cotton swabs, cold/cough medicine, COVID at-home tests (4), pain relievers, thermometer)
  • Food items (can opener, coffee maker with automatic shutoff, one set of dishes and flatware, snacks, dish detergent/towel)
  • Games (cards, board games)
  • Game consoles and cables
  • Hangers
  • Laundry bag/basket and detergent
  • Padlocks for desk, laptop, and bike
  • Paper towels and toilet paper (We provide just the first roll.)
  • Reusable water bottle/coffee mug, reusable shopping bag(s)
  • Room decorations^
  • Sewing kit/safety pins
  • Snow shovel to store in your car
  • Smart TV or TV plus streaming devices)
  • Toiletry items
  • Towels
  • Umbrella, rain boots

What to Leave Behind

Please refer to your HFS Contract Terms, Conditions, and Regulations for more detailed information.

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  • Air Conditioning units, including portable units and "swamp coolers"
  • Alcohol+
  • Appliances
  • Ashtrays*
  • Candles and incense
  • Ceiling fans
  • Firearms
  • Grills
  • Halogen lamps
  • Heaters
  • Pets (small fish tanks are allowed)
  • Vacuum cleaners (available for use from RA)
  • Waterbeds
  • Window Treatments (blinds, draperies)
  • Wireless Routers

What's In Your Room

University housing offers the basic amenities you need to be comfortable and organized in your new home! Then comes the fun part: making it your own.

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Village Suites 

  • Four double-occupancy bedrooms
  • Two semi-private bathrooms, with a separate shower and toilet stall
  • Two sinks
  • Storage space
  • Microwave/refrigerator unit **
  • WiFi, roomgear network for smart devices

Each hall provides residents with 24-hour card access building security, a central lounge area, a study lounge, and a modern fire safety system.

Bowman Hall, located in the middle of the complex, provides residents a game room, laundry facility, vending machines, computer access, bicycle storage, and meeting space.

The Woods Houses

  • Four-person suites with either single- or double-occupancy bedrooms
  • Microwave/refrigerator unit **
  • Semi-private bathroom, with separate shower and toilet stalls
  • Two sinks
  • Storage space
  • WiFi, roomgear network for smart devices

The Woods has several study lounges as well as one central lounge in Ivy Hall that offers a fireplace and an outside patio. Residents have 24-hour card access building security, laundry facilities, vending machines, computer access, and a modern fire safety system.

^Posters and photos must be hung with plastic tack.

+ Alcohol is prohibited on campus, regardless of the resident's age

* Smoking is prohibited on campus, including in all residence buildings and dining facilities.

** One per bedroom

Contact Staff

Housing and Food Services

[email protected]
Perkins Student Center
2080 Tulpehocken Road
Reading, PA 19610-6009

Residence Life

102 Ivy House, The Woods
2080 Tulpehocken Road
Reading, PA 19610

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