Housing and Transportation

As you prepare for your move to State College, we would like to offer you some resources on housing options and transportation options in the area.

While we do not offer housing for our students, here are several options for you to contemplate:

On-Campus Housing:

On-campus housing is not guaranteed for graduate students but is available on a first-come, first-served basis. As with most major university towns, there is a wide range of housing options, depending on the budget and needs of the student. To assist you in your search, the University maintains extensive housing information on its website.

Off-Campus Housing:

Many of our students elect to live off campus. We've complied this guide to apartment complexes in State College for your reference. This is an extensive list of available properties around the area that includes contact information for rental offices, available amenities, and average rental prices. (Please note that prices are subject to change, and SIA cannot be involved in the leasing process.)

Additional information can be found on the Office of Off-Campus Living websiteCraigslist, or other State College rental websites.  

Finding Roommates:

If you would like to live with others, here are some options for you: Many rental properties offer options in which random roommates can be assigned and you would only be responsible for your room. However, if you would prefer to be acquainted with your roommates, feel free to communicate with your classmates on the Facebook page for the class of 2020. Hopefully a match can be made!

Campus Transportation and Parking:

Transportation can depend on your housing situation and whether you own a vehicle.

Vehicle Owners:

If you live on campus, you can discuss parking availability when you sign your lease.

If you live off campus, you will be eligible to purchase a commuter parking pass during your first year in SIA. The closest commuter lots are a 15-minute walk to the Katz Building. In your second year, you may enter a lottery to purchase a parking pass for the Katz Building lot.  Parking maps and rates can be found online.

Public Transportation Users:

The University Park campus can be easily navigated by utilizing campus transit options. The campus shuttle and the Loop and Link buses are free to use. 

The campus bus system is operated by the Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA). CATA provides bus service throughout the community and surrounding areas. Most rental apartments are connected to campus through at least one or two buses.

You may pay per ride or purchase a bus pass. Graduate students are also eligible for a discounted price for a yearly pass through the RIDEpass program, more information can be found on the Penn State transportation website.

You may also enjoy biking or walking through campus. Bike racks are available at the Katz Building.  More information can be found online

The Pennsylvania State University makes no representation whatsoever regarding the housing or the landlords listed through any housing list. The properties listed are done so at the request of the landlords to assist students in locating possible off-campus housing opportunities. Students are responsible to inspect the property and negotiate lease terms with any landlord. The Pennsylvania State University has not inspected or investigated these listings or landlords in any way and is not endorsing any specific properties or landlords for students by this listing. The Pennsylvania State University disclaims any responsibility, among other things, for the condition of any premises, terms of any leases, treatment by any landlord, or compliance with any applicable local zoning ordinances.