University Park Summer Session II 2022
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 rain during Arrival.
Review the Housing Arrival Schedule below. Welcome Week activities begin on Monday evening, and students are advised to be prepared to get involved around 5:00 p.m., which means parents and families should plan on leaving campus by 4:00 p.m.
Sunday June 26
noon - 6:00pm
Before You Arrive
Summer Session II Room Assignment
Summer Session II room assignments will be posted in eLiving at 12:00 p.m. ET (noon) on Monday June 13.
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 June 13 through noon Friday June 17.
Login to eLiving > My Info > Room Exchange eBoard
Additional information about the Room Exchange eBoard is available at https://liveon.psu.edu/university-park/manage-your-hfs-contract#eBoard
All students Schedule Move-In in eLiving, which is available only after room assignments are posted. 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
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 https://mobile.psu.edu/.
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.
Arrival: each student will receive one (1) temporary parking permit valid for one single 20-minute trip for their designated residence hall unloading area. RVs, box trucks, trailers, large vehicles, U-Hauls, 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 Stadium West parking 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.
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 summer session room assignment. Items may be shipped in advance of your arrival, however, we request that it's not sent prior to June 20.
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.
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 June for payment. Students will need to Grant Authorized Payer Access to those who may be assisting with paying the bill.
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.
Welcome Week Activities
Welcome Week activities start Monday evening, students are encouraged to be ready to participate by 5:00 p.m. (which means, parents and families should head out by 4:00 p.m.!). Check out the tons of activities that are available at https://welcomeweek.psu.edu/, 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.
Parents and family members who need to stay can find several hotel accommodations nearby.
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)
- 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
- 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
- Toiletry items
- Umbrella, rain boots
Items available for check-out at the Commons Desks:
Recreational Equipment (basketballs, Spikeball, volleyballs, ping pong paddles, pool cues, etc.)
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"
- Appliances, air fryers, griddles, instapots, rice cookers, toasters, toaster oven, etc.
- Candles and incense
- Ceiling fans
- Fitness Equipment
- Halogen lamps
- LED strip-lighting
- Pets (small fish tanks up to 5 gallons are allowed)
- Vacuum cleaners (available for check out at commons desk)
- 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)
Microfridge (refrigerator/freezer/microwave unit - one per room)
Smoke detector (one per room)
Trash can (one per room)
Bedroom includes: Twin Bed with mattress OR 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 facilities 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.
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.
Review the Arrival Schedule and identify the specific location you where you will check-in, you should NOT go directly to your residence hall. 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. You will receive specific directions to your residence hall when you check-in, please follow these to ensure a smooth arrival to a parking area near your residence hall.
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 will receive one (1) temporary parking permit valid for a single 20-minute trip for their designated residence hall unloading area.
- The temporary parking permit cannot be used on more than one vehicle, and multiple unloading permits will not be issued.
- 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 Stadium West parking 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.
- RVs, box trucks, trailers, large vehicles, U-Hauls or a second vehicle are NOT permitted in the parking areas near the residence halls. Parking areas are limited and does not provide enough clearance to maneuver large vehicles into spaces. With the vehicle and pedestrian congestion in the residence halls areas, large vehicles simply cannot be accommodated for safety reasons. These type of vehicles must remain at Stadium West parking lot.
Medlar Field at Lubrano Park
Your designation will be the parking lot for Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, you can set specific directions to get there. If this lot is filled, you can park in the Bryce Jordan Center - Jordan East lot. You will NOT be required to pay for parking at this lot during the Arrival event.
Arrive at the main gates of Medlar Field at Lubrano Park at your Scheduled Move In time.
Family members are invited to the visit the Parents Program Welcome tent, located inside of Medlar Field near the main gates. Restroom facilities and various information tables will also be accessible inside of Medlar Field. Parents and family members will not able to accompany the student for the housing check-in process and should wait near the main gates.
When you check-in, you will receive your room key and a QR code to for specific directions from Medlar Field 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 Stadium West parking lot.
- Directions from Medlar Field to Pinchot and Sproul Halls
- Directions from Medlar Field to Brumbaugh, Martin, McKean, Pennypacker, Stuart, and Tener Halls
Commons Desk Check-In
During the evening hours check-in timeframe, all students will check-in at FINDLAY Commons Desk in East Halls, regardless of which housing area you are assigned to.
Directions to campus:
Please park in the designated parking area based on your building assignment, then walk to the Findlay Commons Desk in East Halls. If you are using the the East Parking Deck, you can park there for up to one hour with no charge. The East Parking Deck has a 7' 6" height restriction; taller vehicles will not be permitted to enter.
When you check-in at Findlay Commons Desk, you will receive your room key and a temporary parking permit that is for your building's designated unloading zone near your residence hall (if applicable; some students will need to unload from the East Parking Deck). You will receive only ONE temporary parking permit, which is valid for ONE trip only to the housing area. The temporary parking permit cannot be used on more than one vehicle, and multiple permits will not be issued. Once you have finished unloading, please move your vehicle to the Stadium West parking lot.
Below is your official Commons Desk location for summer session:
After you have moved in
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
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.
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.
Resources for Living On Campus