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.

Tuesday, August 14
Early Bird Arrival
$50 fee

Pre-Approved Programs Only
8:00 am - midnight
Commons Desk

Wednesday, August 15
Early Bird Arrival
$25 fee

8:00 am - midnight
Commons Desk

Thursday, August 16

12:00 am - 7:00 am
Commons Desk

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

7:00 pm - midnight
Commons Desk

Friday, August 17

12:00 am - 7:00 am
Commons Desk

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

7:00 pm - midnight
Commons Desk

Saturday, August 18

12:00 am - 7:00 am
Commons Desk

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

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

Nittany Hall Residents: Nittany Hall is not available for students to check-in until after 6:00 pm on Friday August 17.

White Course Apartment Residents: Check-in is available any time after August 15 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
  • Please unload your vehicle within 20 minutes
  • Move vehicle to a long-term parking location as soon as it is unloaded
  • We ask parents and family members say goodbye prior to 2 pm on Saturday

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 20, 2018.

Bryce Jordan Center (BJC) Check-in

  • Check-in at Gate B of the Bryce Jordan Center. Parking is available in the Bryce Jordan Center East Lot.
  • At check-in you will receive your room key and specific directions from the Bryce Jordan Center to your Residence Hall.

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.

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.

Once room assignments are available, log on to eLiving to see where you are living. 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. Add LionCash funds before you leave home.

Immunization Records
Upload your records.

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.

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
It's 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
HUB room 129.

Once you’ve arrived on campus, don’t forget to pick up your college t-shirt at the HUB room 129 during the following times:
Thursday, 8/16: 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, 8/17: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, 8/18: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wear your shirt on Saturday, August 18 to President Barron’s New Student Convocation.

What to Pack

  • Alarm clock
  • Baskets for toiletries and storage
  • Bed linens: sheets (twin extra-long), mattress pad, bedspread/blanket, and pillow
  • 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
  • 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.

Download the Penn State Life mobile app and access the Welcome Week Guide for information on events, common questions, hours of operation, campus maps, dining, and much more; or check out the Welcome Week schedule online to view events and activities during and after Arrival. 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
814-865-7501 phone

Commons Desk Operation

133 Johnston Commons
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-8218 phone


Area phone numbers
University Park, PA 16802