University Park: Fall 2021

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Check-in Schedule

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Please log on to eLiving to Schedule Move In once fall room assignments are posted 12:00 p.m. EST (noon) Tuesday, July 20, within the following guidelines: 

Since there is not an in-person New Student Orientation program this summer, Student Orientation and Transition Programs (SOTP) is requiring incoming first-year students to check-in to housing between Monday - Thursday and attend an Extended Orientation program. The program will be scheduled for the day after your check-in to Housing. SOTP will cover one night of the early arrival fee for those who arrive prior to Thursday, August 19.

  • First-year students should plan to Schedule Move In between Monday, August 16 - Thursday, August 19 to attend Extended Orientation.
  • First-year students who attended Summer Session and lived on campus will have already attended Extended Orientation and do not need to attend the fall program again. These students may arrive at their convenience between Thursday - Saturday. 
  • Upper-class students should plan to arrive Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to allow first-year students the opportunity to move in and attend Orientation. The exception to arrive early is for students who are a part of a special program and are required to be on campus at an earlier time.
  • Students are NOT permitted to arrive earlier than Monday, August 16.
  • Students should coordinate move-in with their roommate(s) to avoid arriving at the same time.
  • Once fall semester room assignments are posted in eLiving at 12:00 pm EST (noon) on Tuesday July 20, students can use the Schedule Move In feature to select an arrival day and time. You MUST schedule a move in time - please do not show up! You may only arrive during the selected move in time, the University will not check-in students during evening/overnight hours. 
  • Early Arrival fees: Monday $75, Tuesday $50, Wednesday $25, Thursday no fee. Based on when you check-in to your room assignment, the early arrival fee will be processed to your LionPATH account and will be added to your September bill. For students attending Extended Orientation, SOTP will cover $25 of the early arrival fee.
  • Arrival Testing: In compliance with the University's announcement on August 3, students who have not been fully vaccinated and/or have not shared their vaccination status with the University by August 9 will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival to their campus. Only students with negative test results will be permitted to move into Housing. Students who test positive will have the choice of entering on- or near-campus isolation for 10 days, or return home for 10 days. 

Arrival Guide
Have you read your complete guide to Penn State Arrival cover to cover? This great magazine has lots of shareable information for you and your family to make your arrival at University Park smooth. This guide is filled with everything you need to know before and during your arrival at Penn State. 

Didn't get your copy in the mail? You can read the online version here! 

Mon Aug 16

$75.00 charge


9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bryce Jordan Center (BJC),
Gate B


7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Findlay Commons Desk in East Halls



Tues Aug 17

$50.00 charge


9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bryce Jordan Center (BJC),
Gate B


7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Findlay Commons Desk in East Halls


Wed Aug 18

$25.00 charge


9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bryce Jordan Center (BJC),
Gate B


7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Findlay Commons Desk in East Halls


Thur Aug 19



9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bryce Jordan Center (BJC),
Gate B


7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Findlay Commons Desk in East Halls


Fri Aug 20



9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bryce Jordan Center (BJC),
Gate B


7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Findlay Commons Desk in East Halls

Sat Aug 21



9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bryce Jordan Center (BJC),
Gate B


5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Findlay Commons Desk in East Halls

Sun Aug 22



8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Findlay Commons Desk in East Halls only

White Course Apartment Residents: Undergraduate students (assigned to Dunham, Garban, and Grubb Halls) will check-in based on the schedule above, at either the Bryce Jordan Center or Findlay Commons Desk in East Halls through Sunday August 22.

Graduates and Students with families who have a White Course Apartment LEASE: check-in is available for the begin date of your lease at the Weston Community Center from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Nittany Lion Inn (NLI) Residents: Check-in is available based on the schedule above, at either Bryce Jordan Center or Findlay Commons Desk in East Halls through Sunday August 22. The official commons desk for NLI residents for the academic year will be Waring Commons Desk in West Halls, as the front desk at the Nittany Lion Inn will not be operational during the academic year.

Nittany Hall: The earliest that students can check in to Nittany Hall is Tuesday August 17, starting at 7:00pm. Arrivals prior to this time period will not be permitted.

Nittany Apartments: Some apartments may not be available at the beginning of the week, due to cleaning and maintenance needs from summer session use. Apartments 1202, 1302, 1404, 1405, 1501, 1502, 1601, 1701, 1703, 1704, 2101, 2102, 2305, 2403, 2501, 2505, and 2507 will NOT be available until after 7:00pm on Friday August 20

International Students: international students who need to arrive earlier than August 6 to attend International Student Orientation (ISO), pre-semester housing is available.

Check-in Information

What to bring to check-in:

  • Penn State id+ Card or other photo ID
  • Yourself (you may not send a friend or family member to check-in for you)

Move-in Tips

  • Only ONE vehicle is permitted to unload in housing area - only one unloading permit is given to a student at check-in. Additional vehicles must remain at Bryce Jordan Center.
  • Certain oversized vehicles/U-Hauls/trailers are NOT permitted in housing area - parking space is tight and congested, and large vehicles cannot be accommodated for safety reasons. These type of vehicles must remain at Bryce Jordan Center.
  • You MUST park in the designated unloading area based on your building assignment! Some buildings will be directed to use the East Parking Deck. The East Parking Deck has a 7' 6" height restriction; taller vehicles will not be permitted to enter.
  • Please do NOT park on any roads, in grassy areas, or other areas. Parking is available only in designated areas.
  • Vehicle must be unloaded within 20 minutes. 
  • Once vehicle is unloaded, vehicle should be moved to long-term parking at Bryce Jordan Center.  CATAbus service from BJC to Housing areas is limited.  Plan to walk.
  • Return trips to the unloading areas are discouraged and only permitted after 6:00 pm.
  • If you utilize public transportation or Uber/Lyft/taxi to arrive at BJC, there is no shuttle service from BJC to the housing areas. CATAbus service is available, or you may want to make arrangements to be transported from BJC.  

Evening Check-in Times

All students checking in after 7:00 pm Monday-Friday, after 5:00 pm Saturday, and all day Sunday will be checking in at the Findlay Commons Desk in East Halls, regardless of their fall room assignment. Parking is available at East Parking Deck for up to 1 hour for no fee. An unloading permit will be given to park in the other housing areas.

Family Members

The Parents Program will be hosting Welcome tents throughout campus during the Arrival week. Families are encouraged to stop by, pick up a Parents and Families Guide, and get answers to lingering questions. 

During the Arrival process, family members may assist students while moving into University Housing. Please limit the number of family members if possible. 

Bryce Jordan Center Check-In

Arrive at Gate B of the Bryce Jordan Center (BJC) at your scheduled move-in time. Parking is available in the Bryce Jordan Center East Lot. Staff will confirm that the student is eligible to check-in, based on the their vaccination status. Those students who are compliant will be able to enter BJC to check-in.

Family members are invited to the visit the Parents Program Welcome tent that will be located outside of Gate B. Restroom facilities and various information tables will also be accessible inside of Gate B. Parents and family members are not able to accompany the student for the housing check-in process, and should wait outside of Gate B (students will exit via Gate A). 

When you check-in, you will receive your room key and specific directions from the Bryce Jordan Center to a temporary unloading zone near your housing area. You will receive ONE temporary 20-minute parking pass for unloading your belongings. Students will also receive their Penn State id+ Card during the check-in process. 

Carts will be available in each housing area for sign out to use to move items into residence halls. The cart sign-out location will be indicated on the routing map provided to student during check-in process. 

Vehicle Information:

  • Only ONE unloading permit is given to student, which is a valid for ONE trip only to the housing area. The unloading permit cannot be used on more than one vehicle, and multiple unloading permits will not be issued.
  • If you have more than vehicle, the second vehicle will need to remain at the Bryce Jordan Center - we are not able to provide more than one parking permit. Load one vehicle with items, and passengers can walk or use the shuttle to the housing area. 
  • Large vehicles/U-Hauls/trailers/RVs are NOT permitted in housing area - parking space is tight and congested, and large vehicles cannot be accommodated for safety reasons. These type of vehicles must remain at Bryce Jordan Center.


Undergraduate students (assigned to Dunham, Garban, and Grubb Halls) will check-in at the Bryce Jordan Center or Findlay Commons Desk in East Halls, based on the above schedule.

Graduates and Students with families who have a White Course Apartment LEASE: check-in is available for the begin date of your lease at the Weston Community Center from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Commons Desk Check-In

UPDATE: evening hours check-in will be located ONLY at FINDLAY Commons Desk in East Halls for ALL students.

When you arrive to campus, proceed to the East Parking Deck, and then walk to the Findlay Commons Desk in East Halls. You will be able to park in the deck for up to one hour with no charge. After you check-in at Findlay Commons Desk and receive your room key, you will be given an unloading permit and routing map to get to your housing area to unload.  A limited number of carts may be available in the lobby of your building.  Once you have finished unloading, please move your vehicle to a long term parking lot.

Below will be your official Commons Desk location for the fall semester:

  • East Housing Area: Findlay Commons
    Includes: Bigler, Brumbaugh, Curtin, Earle, Geary, Hastings, Martin, McKean, Packer, Pennypacker, Pinchot, McKean, Sndyer, Sproul, Stone, Stuart, Tener
  • Eastview Terrace: Redifer Commons
    Includes: Brill, Curry, Harris, Miller, Nelson, Panofsky, Young
  • Nittany Apartments: Pollock Commons
    Includes: Nittany Apartments and Nittany Hall
  • North Housing: Warnock Commons
    Includes: Beam, Holmes, Leete, Robinson, Runkle
  • Pollock Housing: Pollock Commons
    Includes: Beaver, Hartranft, Hiester, Mifflin, Porter, Ritner, Shulze, Shunk, Wolf
  • South Housing: Redifer Commons
    Includes: Atherton, Chace, Cooper, Cross, Ewing, Haller, Hibbs, Hoyt, Lyons, McElwain, Simmons, Stephens

Your To Do List

What To Pack
Learn what to bring and what to leave behind.

Pack light when you come for Arrival! Don't bring all your belongings on your first trip to campus. Use our What to Pack list as your guide. You may want to wait to see how much storage space you have and then plan on bringing additional items at another time. Please note, that due to the ongoing pandemic, local stores surrounding the campus may be low on stock or sold out of certain items. Students are encouraged to bring necessities from home - including cleaning and disinfecting supplies - and plan and pack accordingly.

Roommate and Room Assignment
Get to know your roommate.

See where you will be living! Log on to eLiving after 12:00pm EST (Noon) Tuesday, July 20 to view your room assignment. Contact your new roommate and try to talk several times before move-in day. Share academic plans, common interests, and what each of you will contribute to your room’s set-up.

Penn State id+ Card
Load it with LionCash.

Remember to bring your Penn State id+Card with you for check-in. If you have not yet received your id+ Card, you'll be able to have your picture taken and id+ Card printed on the spot during Arrival! Deposit LionCash funds online before you leave home.

Immunization Records
Upload your records to University Health Services.

All incoming students must submit immunization records to University Health Services prior to arrival on campus. Upload your records to the myUHS system.

Setup Your Devices
Get connected with Roomgear.

University Housing offers access to the Penn State Network. Visit Getting Connected to learn how you can get your devices registered before arrival.

Pay Your Bill
with LionPATH.

The Office of the Bursar will process your semester bill and post it on your LionPATH account. Bills are generated monthly and specify a bill due date. Room and board charges will be added to your semester bill.

Register Your Bike
Registration is fast, easy, and free!

There are many bicycle routes on and around campus catering to the avid bicyclist. All bicycles on campus must be registered with Transportation Services.

Pick Up Your Convocation T-Shirt
Location: HUB-Robeson Center

Once you’ve arrived on campus, don’t forget to pick up your college t-shirt during the following times:
Tuesday August 17 - Friday August 20, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Look for directional signs inside of HUB!

Apply for a job!

Working during your first-year on campus is a great way to create a structured schedule, meet new friends, build your resume, and earn some money to spend! There are many positions available within Housing and Food Services for students. 

What to Pack

  • Alarm Clock
  • Baskets for toiletries and storage
  • Bed risers
  • Cleaning supplies and paper towels
  • Computer, printer if needed
  • Desk lamp, desk supplies
  • 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, aspirin)
  • Food items (can opener, bottled beverages, coffee maker with automatic shutoff, one set of silverware/plates/bowls/glasses, snacks, dish detergent/towel)
  • Games (cards, board games)
  • Game consoles and cables
  • Hangers
  • Laundry bag/basket and detergent
  • Padlocks for desk, laptop, and bike
  • Room decorations^
  • Sewing kit/safety pins
  • Snow shovel to store in your car
  • Television and streaming device -cable TV is not offered in University Housing
  • Toilet Paper (for housing options that offer in-room private bathrooms)
  • Toiletry items
  • Towels
  • Umbrella, rain boots

Items available for check-out at commons desk:

  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Recreational Equipment (basketballs, Spikeball, volleyballs,  ping pong paddles, pool cues, etc.)
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Tool Kit


What to Leave Behind

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

  • 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
  • LED strip-lighting
  • Pets (small fish tanks are allowed)
  • Vacuum cleaners (available for check out at commons desk)
  • Waterbeds
  • Window Treatments (blinds, draperies)
  • Wireless Routers


What Is In Your Room

Laundry Facilities are available in every building.

  • Twin Bed with mattress (we recommend purchasing extra-long sheets [80" x 36"] to fit any size mattress on campus)
  • Bookshelf
  • Bulletin Boards (available in traditional residence hall rooms only)
  • Chest of drawers
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk with chair (Note: not all desks are equipped with a task light)
  • Internet connections (learn more about ResCom)
  • Mirror
  • Window treatment
  • Microfridge [refrigerator/freezer/microwave unit] (one per room)
  • Smoke detector (one per room)
  • Trash can (one per room)

Nittany and White Course Apartments

  • Bedroom includes: Twin Bed with mattress, Bulletin board, Carpeting, Chests of drawers, Closet, Desk and chair, Internet connections, Individual door lock, Smoke detector (one per room)
  • Living/Dining includes: Carpeting, Coffee table, Couch (two-seater), Easy chairs (two), End tables (two), Floor lamp, Table lamps (two), Table and four chairs
  • Kitchen includes: garbage disposal, refrigerator, oven, microwave. Washer and dryer unit provided in White Course apartments only.
  • General includes: Carpeting (living room, hallways, bedroom), Linoleum floors (kitchen and bathroom), Curtains, Central air conditioning, Laundry facilities available in Nittany Community Center


^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 halls, common areas, and dining facilities.

During Arrival

Beyond the checking in and moving into your home away from home, you’ll find plenty of on-campus activities as well as areas to explore or grab a tasty bite.
Refer to the following links for What to Do, Where to Eat and Where to Stay as you prepare for Arrival.

What To Do
Engage in the activities.

Check out the tons of activities that are available during Welcome Week! Visit to find information on events, common questions, hours of operation, campus maps, dining, and much more. Along with the Welcome Week activities there are many other things to do while visiting Penn State.

Where To Eat
Satisfy your cravings.

We provide a top-notch variety of on-campus dining options that are available during arrival. If you choose to venture off campus, you can grab a bite at one of the many local restaurants.

Where To Stay
Get rested.

Need to make arrangements for hotel accommodations? There are many local hotels available.

Beyond Arrival

It’s no secret that the transition from living at home to living on campus is fairly monumental.
The following resources are provided to kick start your on-campus experience with the right information.

Contact Staff

Housing Assignment Office

201 Johnston Commons
University Park, PA 16802
[email protected]
814-865-7501 phone

Commons Desk Operation

133 Johnston Commons
University Park, PA 16802
[email protected]
814-865-8218 phone


Area phone numbers
University Park, PA 16802
[email protected]