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Harrisburg Fall 2024

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Check-in Schedule

We are excited to welcome students to Penn State Harrisburg. Watch your email for arrival reminders and additional instructions. If arriving on days not listed above, go directly to the Housing and Food Services Office located in Olmsted Building. Students with a need for after-hours arrival should contact us to make arrangements and receive instructions for move-in.

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 your building/room and help speed up the process at arrival.
  • Set up your mobile id+ card using the instructions at

At check-in:

  • Bring your device with your activated Penn State mobile credential.
  • 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 for Capital Village; Full for Nittany Village)
  • Cleaning supplies and paper towels
  • 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 device
  • Toiletry items
  • Towels
  • Umbrella, rain boots

Additional Items for Apartments with Full Kitchens:

  • Cooking utensils
  • Kitchen cleaning supplies
  • Pots and pans
  • Small kitchen appliances such as blenders, mixers, rice cookers, crockpots, etc.

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 (except for residents in apartments with full kitchens)
  • Ashtrays*
  • Candles and incense
  • Ceiling fans
  • Firearms
  • Grills
  • Halogen lamps
  • Heaters
  • Pets (small fish tanks are allowed)
  • Toasters / Toaster Ovens
  • Vacuum cleaners (available for use from RA)
  • Waterbeds
  • Window Treatments (blinds, draperies)
  • Wireless Routers

What's In Your Room

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^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.

Contact Staff

Housing and Food Services

[email protected]
Olmsted Building 
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057

Residence Life

Village Community Center
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057

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