University Park Spring 2023

Housing Arrival Schedule

WE ARE excited to welcome you to campus!

We want your move-in experience to be simple and stress-free.
The move-in process starts before you actually arrive on campus, with you reviewing move-in information pertaining to Scheduling Move-In, what to pack/leave behind, driving directions, where to check in, and so much more!
Remember to dress comfortably and bring some water. Be prepared for inclement weather, it's been known to snow during Arrival. Dress in layers in case you get warm.

University Housing open at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday January 7; students may NOT arrive prior to this date, but can arrive anytime after opening. Be sure to review Welcome Week activities so you do not miss any fun activities. 

Early arrivals
before Saturday
are NOT available
for spring semester

Saturday January 7


8:00am - 

Housing Area
Commons Desk

Before You Arrive

Spring Semester Room Assignment

Spring semester room assignments will be posted in eLiving at 12:00 p.m. ET (noon) on Tuesday December 6.

Login to eLiving > My Info > My Room

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 January 8 through noon March 31.

Login to eLiving > My Info > Room Exchange eBoard
Additional information about the Room Exchange eBoard is available at

Schedule Move-In

Starting December 1, students will be able Schedule Move-In in eLiving. Scheduling Move-In is very important as it is a critical step in providing building access and downloading the Campus Meal Plan.

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

Download the Penn State GO app

The Penn State GO app is great resource for students, parents, and families. The app offers easy access to websites, bus information, dining, maps, and so much more! Students will be able to login after they attend New Student Orientation. Parents and families should select the "parents and families" experience on their profile. Learn more at

Upload Immunization Records

In addition to the immunizations required and suggested by the University, students living in University Housing must also submit the meningococcal conjugate vaccine. Submit your immunization records through myUHS. This is only required for students who are new to the University for spring semester.

Penn State id+ Card

Your Penn State id+ Card is an important component of your Penn State experience, and provides access to your Campus Meal Plan, LionCash, residence hall building access, PNC Banking, fitness facilities and classes, and library services. Before you attend New Student Orientation (NSO), you will need to upload your ID photo and government-issued photo ID. The Penn State id+ Office will then ensure that your id+ card will be ready for you to pick-up during NSO! Learn more about the first-year student process for receiving your id+ card. Your Campus Meal Plan and residence hall building access will be activated when you check-in for housing, and you can add LionCash funds online at any time.

Parking Permits

Arrival: each student may park one vehicle in their designated residence hall unloading area for 20-minutes to unload (flashers required). Trailers and second vehicles may not be parked near the residence halls and must remain in the long-term parking lots. Second trips to the housing area are not permitted. If you have a second vehicle or items from a shopping trip, your vehicle can be parked at either the Bryce Jordan Center - Jordan East lot or campus parking decks. CATAbus will also have the loop and link service available. Passengers can walk or use the shuttle to the housing area. 

Academic Year: Students with at least 29.1 completed credits may register online for a parking permit. Students who do not meet the minimum credit requirement but have an extenuating circumstance that may support having access to a vehicle on campus may apply online for an exemption online. Visit Transportation Services for more information.

Mailing Address

Receiving mail and packages is exciting! We want you to receive your items in a timely manner, please review the proper layout of your mailing address, which is based on your spring room assignment. Items may be shipped in advance of your arrival, however, we request that it's not sent prior to Janurary 3. 

Get Connected

Penn State offers a great Wi-Fi service across campus, including all residence halls. Learn more about connecting your cell phone and laptop at For game consoles, TVs, streaming devices, etc., you can setup these devices at

Renter's Insurance

It is recommended that students consider either purchasing a Renter's Insurance policy through various insurance companies, or adding coverage on to a homeowner's insurance policy, to cover the belongings of a student living in University Housing. The University is not responsible for a student's belongings in the event of damage, theft, fire, sprinkler discharge, water leaks, etc., as indicated on the Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract Terms, Conditions, and Regulations

Semester Bill

Room and board charges, tuition, and other University fees will be added to the student's account in LionPATH, which is managed by the Office of the Bursar. The semester bill is expected to be issued at the beginning of January for payment and will be due on January 22, 2023. Students will need to Grant Authorized Payer Access to those who may be assisting with paying the bill.  

Bicycle Registration

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

Arrival Guide

The Penn State Arrival Guide is an online reference magazine with lots of shareable information for you and your family to make your arrival to University Park smooth.

Welcome Week Activities

Welcome Week activities start Saturday afternoon, students are encouraged to be ready to participate by 3:00 p.m. (which means, parents and families should head out by 2:00 p.m.!). Check out the tons of activities that are available at, which provides 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.

Social Media

Stay up-to-date by following important social media accounts related to your LiveOn Experience


Facebook: Residence Life

Twitter: LiveOn
Twitter: Dining

Instagram: LiveOn
Instagram: Dining

Hotel Accommodations

Parents and family members who need to stay can find several hotel accommodations nearby. 

Parents and Families

The Penn State Parents Program is available to assist you during your student's transition to Penn State.

  • Stop by the Parent & Family Welcome Open House, Saturday January 7, 12:00 p.m. (noon) - 5:30 p.m., 134 HUB-Robeson Center, while your student is attending Extended New Student Orientation (NSO). You'll be able to get answers to your questions, meet current Penn State parents, create a special item for your student, and enjoy light refreshments.
  • The New Student Orientation Resource Fair is also available on Saturday January 7 in Heritage Hall HUB-Robeson Center. The NSO Resource Fair includes various offices from around campus, so you can find out valuable information and learn about opportunities for involvement and support for you and your family. 

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.

  • Alarm Clock
  • 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, box of masks, at-home COVID tests)
  • 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 - we recommend purchasing extra-long sheets (80" x 36") to fit any size mattress on campus
  • Snow shovel to store in your car
  • Toiletry items 
  • Toilet Paper for students living in North Suites, Nittany Apartments, Eastview Terrace, and White Course
  • 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


What to Leave Behind

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

  • 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 commons desk)
  • Waterbeds
  • Window Treatments (blinds, draperies)
  • Wireless Routers

What Is In Your Room

 Twin Bed with mattress (we recommend purchasing extra-long sheets [80" x 36"] to fit any size mattress on campus)


 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)

 Wi-Fi service


 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 (some Nittany Apartments offer a Full Size 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.

 General includes: Carpeting (living room, hallways, bedroom), Linoleum floors (kitchen and bathroom), Curtains, 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 TCRs 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

Move In Day!

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

Get Packed 

After Scheduling Move-In, plan your arrival to University Park. Visit our Travel Information page for details about travel options and directions.

 Only one vehicle will be permitted into the residence hall parking area and no return trips, be careful not to overpack unnecessary items.

 Pack light - you may not need everything as soon as you move in. Consider shipping winter clothes later in the semester. Previous residents have shared that heavy duty large storage bags are the easiest way to pack and transfer items. Consider packing your car so that larger items can be removed first and put into the cart, and then lighter items can be placed on top.

 Large laundry carts are available in every residence area to use for unloading your vehicle.

Get Ready

 Review the Arrival Schedule and identify the specific location you where you will check-in. Some streets on campus and within the local area may have the flow of traffic altered to accommodate the flux of students returning to campus.  

 Staff will be available at check-in and throughout campus to help you with questions, directions, or concerns. 

 Arriving to college is a new experience, have fun with the adventure and try not to be overwhelmed. Plan to take some photos to document this exciting step of your Penn State journey. 

Vehicle and Parking Information

  • Each student may park temporarily for 20-minutes in their designated residence hall unloading zone. 
  • Use the Unloading Zones links below on your mobile device for navigation directions to your unloading zone
  • After unloading, your vehicle can be parked at either the Bryce Jordan Center - Jordan East or Beaver Stadium - Stadium West lots or campus parking decks. CATAbus will also have the loop and link service available. Passengers can walk or use the shuttle to the housing area. 
  • Large vehicles/U-Hauls/trailers/RVs are NOT permitted in the parking areas near the residence halls. Parking areas are limited and do not provide enough clearance to maneuver large vehicles into spaces. With the vehicle and pedestrian congestion in the residence hall areas, large vehicles simply cannot be accommodated for safety reasons. These types of vehicles must remain at Bryce Jordan Center - Jordan East lot.

Check-In Process

Please review chart for instructions on how to check-in.

New to Campus Students

Students who are NEW to campus living
(either newly admitted to the University,
or who lived elsewhere for fall semester)
Students need to be issued a 
room key.

Check-in at: Commons Desks

Spring Room Change

Students who lived on campus
in fall but have a different room
assignment for spring.

Students need to be issued a 
room key for new room and 
must return old room key.

Check-in at: Commons Desks

Returning Students

Students who lived on campus
for fall semester and are
returning to the same room.

Check-in at: Self Check-in

Self Check-In Process Details

Self check-in allows students who are returning to their same room from fall semester the ability to expedite the check-in process and arrive smoothly to campus. The 2-step self check-in process will download the student's building security clearance and activate Campus Meal Plan dining dollars funds (spring semester funds plus any remaining funds from fall semester) to the student's account. ***Returning students will NOT be able to enter the residence hall or purchase meals until they complete the self check-in.


Students may not process the self check-in more than 2 hours before their Scheduled Move-In time.

  • Schedule Move-In 
  • As you arrive to campus, you may process a self check-in:
    • go to My Info > Check-In
    • review your information and click Check In
    • a confirmation email will be sent to your Penn State account
  • Proceed to move into your building

The Check-In feature will not appear until the student has Scheduled Move-In

If a student has lost their room key or Penn State id+ Card, please visit the Commons Desk for assistance. 

Check-In Locations

 When you arrive to campus, proceed to parking closest to your Housing Area, and then walk to the Commons Desk. Parking decks do have height restrictions.

 When you check-in, you will receive your room key. Once you have finished unloading, please move your vehicle to the long-term paring at Beaver Stadium - Stadium West lot.

 Below is 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, 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

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: 

After you have moved in

Maintenance Needs

If you experience any issues with your room for a maintenance issue, you can submit an online FixIt Request. Housing Operations will respond to your request in a timely manner. Emergency situations should be addressed with your RA or contact the Housing Operations office immediately.

Room Inspection Form

If you are new to campus or moving to a new room, complete the online Room Inspection Form in eLiving within 7 days of check-in, to ensure that you have inspected your room and documented any findings. Housing Operations will conduct a room inspection at the end of the semester, after you have moved out, and you could be liable for any damages identified that were not listed on the Room Inspection Form. Students returning to the same room that they had in fall semester do NOT need to complete the Room Inspection Form.

Connection Issues?

Let us help! Support is available 24/7. Learn more about online assistance or visit a Help Desk:

Laundry Facilities

Download the Speed Queen app to make doing laundry easier! Locate the laundry facility in your residence hall or area. Don't forget to load LionCash funds on your id+ Card - the machines only accept LionCash for payment.

Get 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 that offer a flexible schedule, a competitive wage, and a great work environment.

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.

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