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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.

On-Campus Housing - This link provides specific information for Change-of-Campus students - The Food Services website identifies places to eat on campus, Campus Meal Plan information, menus, and much more - The Housing website contains information about the types of housing available, how to secure housing, and more - The Residence Life website contains information about living/learning options, policies and rules, staffing, and more - 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.

Off-Campus Housing - 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.

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On-campus Housing at Behrend
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Penn State students who are attending one of the 19 Penn State Commonwealth Campuses and participating in the 2+2 program with plans to attend Penn State University Park to finish their degree are invited to visit the University Park Campus during a designated visit day.
Reservations are required.
If you have questions specific to your major, we suggest you make an appointment with your academic college/department. When visiting with the academic college/department, you should arrange for your visit to either end by 10:00 a.m. so you can be in Shields Building by 10:30 a.m. for the tour, or for the college visit to begin after 12:30 p.m.