University Park: Fall 2019

Check-in Schedule

Your check-in location will depend on your planned arrival date and time.
Review this schedule of check-in hours by location to determine where you should plan to check-in.

Early Bird Arrival: NO pre-registration is required! Just arrive when it best fits your schedule.

Wednesday, August 21

Early Bird Arrival 
$25 fee 

8:00am - midnight 
Commons Desk

Thursday, August 22

Early Bird Arrival
No Fee!

12:00 am - 6:00 am
Commons Desk

8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Bryce Jordan Center (BJC),
Gate B

7:00 pm - midnight
Commons Desk

Friday, August 23

12:00 am - 6:00 am
Commons Desk

8:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Bryce Jordan Center (BJC),
Gate B

7:00 pm - midnight
Commons Desk

Saturday, August 24

12:00 am - 6:00 am
Commons Desk

8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bryce Jordan Center (BJC),
Gate B

5:00 pm - onward (24 hrs.)
Commons Desk

Sunday, August 25

open 24hrs/day
Commons Desk

 

Nittany Hall Residents: Nittany Hall is NOT available for students to check-in until after 6:00 pm on Thursday August 22

White Course Apartment Residents: Check-in is available any time after August 19 at the Weston Community Center from 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

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.
  • Large 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.
  • Vehicle must be unloaded within 20 minutes
  • Once vehicle is unloaded, vehicle should be moved to long-term parking at Bryce Jordan Center
  • Say Goodbye! Parents and family members should say goodbye prior to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday - students have scheduled activities Saturday afternoon & evening
  • If you utlize 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.  

To ease congestion of the move-in period and to provide the opportunity for roommates and floormates to get to know one another, family and friends will not be permitted to spend the night in University Housing until Monday, August 26, 2019. Refer to the Guest Policy.

Special Programs

Bryce Jordan Center Check-In

Check-in at Gate B of the Bryce Jordan Center (BJC). Parking is available in the Bryce Jordan Center East Lot.

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. After your vehicle is unloaded, you need to move it to long-term parking.

  • 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. 
  • Large 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

Commons Desk Check-In

Find the commons desk check-in location for your building.

When you arrive to campus, proceed to an unloading zone in close proximity to your building and make your way to the designated commons desk check-in location to retrieve your key. Once you have finished unloading, please move your vehicle to a long term parking lot.

  • East Housing Area: Findlay Commons
    Includes: Bigler, Brumbaugh, Curtin, Earle, Hastings, Martin, McKean, Packer, Pennypacker, Pinchot, McKean, Sndyer, 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.

Roommate and Room Assignment
Get to know your roommate.

See where you will be living! Log on to eLiving after noon July 22 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. Deposit LionCash+ funds online before you leave home.

Immunization Records
Upload your records to University Health Services.

All incoming students must submit immunization records prior to arrival on campus. Visit University Health Services to upload your records.

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 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.

Pick Up Your Convocation T-Shirt
Location: 129A HUB-Robeson Center

Once you’ve arrived on campus, don’t forget to pick up your college t-shirt during the following times:
Thursday 8/22: 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday 8/23: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 8/24: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Wear your shirt on Saturday, August 24 to President Barron’s New Student Convocation.

What to Pack

  • Alarm Clock
  • Baskets for toiletries and storage
  • Bed risers
  • Cleaning supplies and paper towels
  • Computer, printer, and cables
  • Desk lamp, desk supplies
  • DVD player and cables, cable to connect to cable TV outlet
  • 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 standard coaxial cable (learn more about our TV Service)
  • Toiletry items
  • Towels
  • Umbrella, rain boots

Items available for check-out at commons desk:

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

 

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

 

What's 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)
  • Cable TV connection (one per room - bring a coaxial cable to connect to our TV 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: 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, Telephone connection, TV cable connection
  • Kitchen includes: Garbage disposal, Refrigerator, Stove with oven, Microwave, Washer/Dryer - provided ONLY at White Course (not Nittany)
  • 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 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 https://welcomeweek.psu.edu/ 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. Stop by one of our all-you-care-to-eat dining commons where parents can use their Penn State Parent Dining Card to get a taste of what our students enjoy for only $7. 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

Assignment Office

201 Johnston Commons
University Park, PA 16802
assignmentoffice@psu.edu
814-865-7501 phone

Commons Desk Operation

133 Johnston Commons
University Park, PA 16802
commonsdesks@psu.edu
814-865-8218 phone

Housing

Area phone numbers
University Park, PA 16802
uphousing@psu.edu