University Park 2024 Fall

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Housing Arrival Schedule

Review the Housing Arrival Schedule, listed below, to determine which Arrival Day that you'd like to select. University Housing is available starting Monday August 19.

Welcome Week activities begin the afternoon of Saturday August 24. Students are requested to join activities and get involved, starting around 3:00 p.m. Parents and families should plan on leaving campus by 2:00 p.m.

** Findlay Commons Desk is open 24 hours/day; students may arrive after 10:00 p.m. and still check in to housing.



Nittany Hall

Nittany Hall is unavailable for students to move in early. Students may arrive after 12:00 p.m. (noon) Wednesday, August 21 - early arrival is NOT available.

White Course Apartments

Undergraduate students who have a HFS Contract and are assigned to Dunham, Garban, and Grubb Halls will Schedule Move-In based on the Housing Arrival Schedule at either the Bryce Jordan Center or Findlay Commons Desk in East Halls through 8:00 a.m. Monday August 26.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday August 26 (and after that time/date), all check-ins will then be located at the Weston Community Center from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m..


Graduates and Students with families who have a White Course Apartment LEASE will check-in based on the lease begin date at the Weston Community Center from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Special Programs and Early Arrival

Official Housing Arrival Days are Thursday August 22 - Saturday August 24.

University Housing opens on Monday August 19 for students who may need to arrive early. There is an additional fee for this service.

You do not need to request permission to arrive early to campus - simply Schedule Move-In for the date/time that works best for your schedule!

Employee assisting with parking for student arrival.

Early Arrival

University Housing is available starting Monday August 19; students may arrive early for an additional fee. This includes students participating in special programs.

Student employee assisting at check-in for fall arrival.

New Student Orientation

Students scheduled for New Student Orientation (NSO) during Arrival Week will be able to move directly into their fall room assignment prior to attending their NSO session


International Students

Learn more about resources provided by the university are can assist you with your transition to Penn State.

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Your To-Do List

Important steps that you'll want to complete prior to your Schedule Move-In time.

Room Exchange eBoard

Students interested in a room change or living with a different student may use the Room Exchange eBoard in eLiving, which will be available from 12:00 p.m. (noon) July 16 through 12:00 p.m. (noon) August 6.

Login to eLiving > My Info > Room Exchange eBoard

The availability of dates/times is dependent upon the building.

To Schedule Move-In:

  • Login to eLiving > My Info > Schedule Move-In
  • Select a date/time that works for your schedule. No confirmation will be sent.
  • You can modify your date/time as necessary
  • It is recommended that you and your roommate do not move in at the same time to allow for space to unpack

You can add LionCash funds online at any time.

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Packing Information

Get packed! Learn about what is available in your room, what to pack, and what to leave at home.

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What to Pack

Please refer to the HFS Contract Terms, Conditions, and Regulations for more detailed information. Only one vehicle is permitted to unload, so be careful not to overpack.

  • Baskets for toiletries and storage
  • Bed risers (only needed in traditional residence halls)
  • Cleaning supplies and paper towels
  • Computer, printer, and cables
  • 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, thermometer)
  • 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
  • Sheets, pillow, and blanket - for extra-long twin bed (80" x 36") 
  • Toiletry items 
  • Toilet Paper for students living in Nittany Apartments and Eastview Terrace
  • Towels
  • Umbrella, rain boots

Items available for check-out at the Commons Desks:

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

Please refer to the HFS Contract Terms, Conditions, and Regulations for more detailed information. Since only one vehicle per student is permitted to unload, be careful not to overpack.

  • Air Conditioning units, including portable units and "swamp coolers"
  • Alcohol+
  • Appliances, air fryers, griddles, instapots, rice cookers, toasters, toaster ovens, etc. 
  • Ashtrays*
  • Candles and incense
  • Ceiling fans
  • Firearms
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Grills
  • Halogen lamps
  • Heaters
  • LED strip-lighting
  • Pets (small fish tanks up to 5 gallons are allowed)
  • Pianos
  • Skates, skateboards, and scooters
  • Vacuum cleaners (available for check out at the commons desk)
  • Window Treatments (blinds, draperies)
  • Wireless Routers
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What's In Your Room

Residence Halls

  • Twin bed with mattress (purchase XL bedding - 80" x 36")
  • Bookshelf
  • Bulletin board (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)
  • Wi-Fi service
  • 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: XL twin bed with mattress (some Nittany Apartments offer a XL Full Size bed with mattress), carpeting or vinyl plank/laminate flooring, chest of drawers, closet, desk and chair, smoke detector (one per room)
  • Living/Dining includes: carpeting or vinyl plank/laminate flooring, coffee table, couch, two easy chairs, two end tables, one floor lamp, two table lamps, table and four chairs
  • Kitchen includes: garbage disposal, refrigerator, oven, microwave.
  • General includes: Wi-Fi service, carpeting or vinyl plank/laminate flooring, window coverings (curtains or roller shades), and heating/central air conditioning. 
  • Laundry: washer and dryer unit provided in White Course apartments only. Nittany Apartments have a laundry facility available in Nittany Community Center

^Please visit your residence hall building page or the Room Decoration Guidelines in the Terms, Conditions, and Regulations to learn more about what product to use to hang items in your room

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

* Smoking is prohibited in all residence halls, common areas, and dining facilities.

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Arrival Day

Here's what to expect on your Scheduled Move-In day.

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Arrival Check-in Locations

Click the Arrival Check-In Location listed below to expand the selection.

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Arrival Check-In Location: Bryce Jordan Center

Arrive at Gate B of the Bryce Jordan Center (BJC) at your Scheduled Move-In time. Parking is available at Bryce Jordan Center - Jordan East. You will not be required to pay for parking at this lot during the Arrival event.

Family members are invited to the visit the Parents Program Welcome tent, located inside of BJC near Gate B. Restroom facilities and various information tables will also be accessible inside of Gate B. Parents and family members will not able to accompany the student for the housing check-in process and should wait near Gate B. You can also visit the Welcome tent that will be located at the corner of Pollock and Shortlidge Roads.

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 residence hall. You will receive ONE temporary 20-minute parking pass that is valid for one trip only for unloading your belongings. Once you have finished unloading, please move your vehicle to the long-term parking at Beaver Stadium - Stadium West

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Arrival Check-in Location: Findlay Commons, East Halls

Findlay Commons Building is located in East Halls, 459 Bigler Road, University Park PA 16802. 

There are multiple entrances into Findlay Commons. Once you enter the building, follow directional signs for "Housing Arrival Check-In." 

The check-in process generally takes about 5-10 minutes, however, could be longer if there is a line of students waiting.

After checking in, you will be able to walk to your residence hall, which may be 10-20 minutes away. There will be laundry carts available to use to put personal items in.


floor plan for Findlay Commons Building

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Arrival Check-In Location: Housing Area

When you arrive to campus, proceed to parking closest to your Housing Area, and then walk to the Commons Building. If you utilize a parking deck, please be aware that some do have height restrictions.

Once you are in the Commons Building, proceed to the Commons Desk to officially check-in for housing. Once you have finished unloading, please move your vehicle to the long-term paring at Beaver Stadium - Stadium West.

Below is your official Commons Desk location for the fall semester:

  • East Housing AreaFindlay Commons
    Includes: Bigler, Brumbaugh, Curtin, Earle, Geary, Hastings, Martin, McKean, Packer, Pennypacker, Pinchot, Snyder, Sproul, Stone, Stuart, Tener
  • Eastview Terrace: Redifer Commons
    Includes: Brill, Curry, Harris, Miller, Nelson, Panofsky, Young
  • Nittany ApartmentsPollock Commons
    Includes: Nittany Apartments and Nittany Hall
  • North HousingWarnock Commons
    Includes: Beam, Holmes, Leete, Robinson, Runkle
  • Pollock HousingPollock 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
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Vehicle Unloading Zones

Using your mobile device, select your building name to use Google Maps, then click "Directions" and/or "Start" for navigation to the unloading zone: 

(hyperlinks will be added in August)

  • East Housing Area
    Bigler, Brumbaugh, Curtin, Earle, Geary, Hastings, Martin, McKean, Packer, Pennypacker, Pinchot, Snyder, Sproul, Stone, Stuart, Tener
  • Eastview Terrace:
    Brill, Curry, Harris, Miller, Nelson, Panofsky, Young
  • Nittany Apartments:
    Nittany Apartments and Nittany Hall
  • North Housing
    Beam, Holmes, Leete, Robinson, Runkle
  • Pollock Housing:
    Beaver, Hartranft, Hiester, Mifflin, Porter, Ritner, Shulze, Shunk, Wolf
  • South Housing: 
    Atherton, Chace, Cooper, Cross, Ewing, Haller, Hibbs, Hoyt, Lyons, McElwain, Simmons, Stephens
  • West Housing
    Hamilton, Irvin, Jordan, McKee, Thompson, Watts
  • White Course Apartments
    Dunham, Garban, Grubb
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After Arrival

Now that you are settled in your new home, review important reminders to help you make the most of your #LiveOn experience.

Living with a Roommate and In a Community

Living with a roommate is a great experience and helps you learn more about yourself and how to communicate and relate effectively to others. Knowing how to take responsibility for yourself and how to respect others are valuable skills in all relationships. Living in a community also brings a responsibility to residents - safety and security are very important, and you play an important part in keeping yourself and your community safe. If you see something, say something. University Police are available by calling 814-863-1111.

To support the mission of providing a safe, comfortable, secure, and nurturing living-learning environment that is conducive to students' academic pursuits and personal growth while fostering a sense of community, civic responsibility, and an appreciation of diversity, the University offers Residence Life staff in every residence hall and apartment area. Residence Life staff include student and professional staff members who live in the community and are available 24/7 to provide information and resources, offer help and support, plan social and educational activities, and address residents' concerns.

Resources for Living On Campus

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