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Living at Penn State

Housing and Food Services, Residence Life, and other units collaborate to create a supportive living and learning environment for your students. In general, Penn State students have two main living options: on-campus living and off-campus living.

On-Campus Living

University Park has 52 residence halls, five common buildings, and 359 apartments on campus. Close to 14,000 undergraduates and more than 300 graduate students reside on campus. University housing provides residential facilities that offer convenience, high value, security, and a wide scope of programs and services designed to help students succeed.

Please Note: First year students are required to live on campus, but are not guaranteed housing after their first year

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Meal Plans

Campus dining commons serve 1.4 million meals each semester. Penn State serves student, faculty, and staff populations through five on-campus dinning commons, multiple retail operations, professional catering, and coffee shops. To find out more visit the Food Services website and explore your meal plan options.

Off-Campus Living

Students seeking an off-campus residence are encouraged to visit the Off-Campus Living Office for more information regarding lease agreements, tips for apartment searching, security checklists, and other important resources for being an informed renter. Many of Penn State’s resources are still be available to students who live off campus.



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