Your To-Do List

Contact Your Roommate

You will receive notification by mid-July informing you when you can view your room assignment information on eLiving. Your room assignment information will include your housing assignment and roommate information. If you have not met your roommate(s), give them a call and introduce yourself. Now is a good time to talk about your interests, your families, why you chose Penn State, and what each of you plans to bring with you. This way, you won't duplicate items like TVs, game consoles, or DVD players. For a complete list of items that are prohibited in the residence area, refer to the Housing Contract Terms, Conditions, and Regulations.

Enroll in Classes

All students must be scheduled for classes to live in the residence halls.

Students arriving that are not scheduled for classes will be given a timeframe to enroll or will be required to vacate on-campus housing.

If you have decided not to attend Penn State this fall but received a room assignment, please contact Housing and Food Services as soon as possible to discuss canceling your Housing Contract. This will grant another student the opportunity to live on campus, as well as provide the maximum refund possible for you.

Complete the Immunizaton Verification Process

All incoming undergraduate and graduate students must submit proof of immunizations prior to their arrival on campus. Visit the University Health Services website for information on required immunizations and to download the Penn State Immunization Verification Form. Using the two-step process outlined on the website, submit your information to my UHS prior to arriving on campus.

Immunization requirements are applicable to all incoming students at University Park and Commonwealth Campuses. For questions or more information, visit University Health Services website or email

Penn State id+ Card

The Penn State id+ Card is the official identification card for Penn State. It allows you 24-hour admittance to your residence hall, access to your Campus Meal Plan, and access to any funds you've deposited in your LionCash+ account, which you can use to pay for bookstore purchases, off-campus merchant purchases, University laundry facilities, and more. If you did not have your picture taken for your id+ card prior to check-in, you will need to visit the Housing and Food Services Office on move-in day to receive your id+ card.


Bring personal items that will help you feel at home in your new room. Review our helpful checklist to find out which items you should bring and which you should leave at home. For a listing of items that are prohibited in the residence halls, refer to the Terms, Conditions, and Regulations.

We suggest that you pack light when you come for Arrival. Don't bring all your belongings on your first trip to campus. You may want to wait to see how much storage space you have and then plan on bringing additional items at another time. Pack everything in boxes or storage bins; clearly mark each with your name and room number.

Set Up Your Computer or Game Console for a Wired Connection

All residence halls are equipped with Wi-Fi and in-room wired connections. For more information about wired connections, including step-by-step configuration instructions and computer system requirements, visit ResCom.

Consider Expanded Cable

Your room and board fee includes the cost of basic cable television service. If you are interested in expanded service, you can contact Time Warner Cable  for information about rates and billing options for expanded service.