We are excited to have you join our State College
community! Over two-thirds of our undergraduate students
live off campus after their first year. Life in the State College
Borough and surrounding townships can be exciting.
Sometimes you might need help navigating a relationship
with a landlord, or navigating getting to/from campus. You
should know that we also have on-campus support for
off-campus students. The Office for Off-Campus Living can
help with information regarding lease agreements, tips for
apartment searching, security checklists, communicating
with landlords, and other important resources for being an
Many students begin looking for off-campus housing as early
as October. The Off-Campus Living website hosts listings of
local rental properties as well as a list of students seeking
roommates/suitemates. The office also hosts Housing Fairs
each fall and spring semester to help you ask questions
about off-campus living, talk to realtors, and schedule
Here are some useful tips for you to consider when
▷ A Lease is a Legally Binding Contract
Don’t sign until you are certain you want the apartment.
After you sign, it doesn’t matter if you drop out of school,
run into financial trouble, fight with your roommate, or find
an apartment you like better—you’re still obligated for the
entire term of the contract.
▷ Oral Leases are Legal in Pennsylvania
For your protection, avoid oral leases, as it is difficult to
know exactly what rights and obligations you have if they
aren’t written down.
▷ Get Your Security Deposit Back
Follow these key steps to help get your security deposit back
when you move out. ( 1) Make an accurate damages list, and
take photos of each room at move in and move out; ( 2) treat
your apartment gently; ( 3) request repairs promptly, and in
writing; and ( 4) provide the landlord with your forwarding
address, in writing, when you turn in your keys.
▷ Consider Renter’s Insurance
Basic policies can be found for less than $100 per year.
Look for a policy that covers damage to personal property
as well as individual liability for accidents that happen
on the premises. Before you buy, check to see what you
already have—you may be covered under your parents’
Your lease probably has a date when you can move
in. If not, contact your landlord to find out when your
apartment will be available for you. When you arrive,
unload your belongings quickly and move your car or
trailer away from the building entrance. Paid on-street
parking and parking garages are available throughout
My move in date is:
Off-Campus Living studentaffairs.psu.edu/
Student Legal Services studentaffairs.psu.edu/
Lions Lease (model lease) lionlease.com
RELATED OFFICES & INFORMATION:
Meal Plan Options mealplans.psu.edu
Food Services foodservices.psu.edu
RELATED OFFICES & INFORMATION:
Each residence area features a variety of dining options
including healthy and vegetarian menus. Food items are
labeled with nutrition information, and carry-out options
are available in every dining commons.
#Pro Tip: Have a particular dietary need? Contact Food
Services’ registered dietician prior to your arrival.