Change-of-Campus students have their choice of whether to live on or off campus. You should explore both options before making a decision on what might be best for you. The process to obtain on-campus housing normally begins in late November or early December and is concluded by early February. Students can secure on-campus housing before knowing whether they have been approved for a Change-of-Campus. However, the only way to get out of the legally binding on-campus housing contract is to not attend the campus for which you have a contract. Otherwise, you will be responsible for the terms of the contract.
Off-campus housing can be secured as early as the prior October or as late as the same month that a person arrives in State College. Please make sure that you have been approved for a Change-of-Campus before signing a lease. You will be responsible for the terms of the lease whether you attend University Park or not.
The links below provide more information about both on- and off-campus housing.
http://www.hfs.psu.edu/housing/housing-contracts/contract/change-of-campus.cfm - This link provides specific information for Change-of-Campus students
http://www.foodservices.psu.edu - The Food Services website identifies places to eat on campus, Campus Meal Plan information, menus, and much more
http://www.hfs.psu.edu/housing - The Housing website contains information about the types of housing available, how to secure housing, and more
http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/reslife - The Residence Life website contains information about living/learning options, policies and rules, staffing, and more
http://php.scripts.psu.edu/clubs/ARHS/index.php - The Association of Residence Hall Students website represents all on-campus students to the administration of Housing, Food Services, and Residence Life. Additionally, it offers programs and works closely with area governments.
http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/offcampus - The Off-Campus Living website allows you to search available housing options, get lists of property managers, look through a list of resources available to students living off campus, and find out information about leases and your legal rights as a tenant.