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A Guide for Incoming HDFS Graduate Students

Places to Live

Apartment Management Companies: The following is an incomplete list of realty companies in State College. These companies tend to be more geared to renting to graduates, professionals, and families.

Apartment Store

(800) 554-2539

Website: www.apartmentstore.com/state-college

Associated Realty Property Management

(814) 231-3333

Website: www.arpm.com

Atlas Realty Management

(814) 238-0741

Website: www.allenway.net

Continental Real Estate Management

(814) 238-1598

Website: www.continentalrealestate.net

Fairmount East Apartments

(814) 234-4188

Website: www.fairmounteastapts.com

Falk Realty

(814) 238-8788

Website: www.falkrealty.net

Heritage Oaks Associates

(814) 237-8201

Website: www.springstreet.com

Heritage Realty Group

(814) 234-7368

Website: http://www.heritagerealtystatecollege.com/

Morgan Properties/Briarwood [Pet Friendly]

(866) 420-7555

Website: www.morgan-properties.com/home.asp

Toftrees Partners [Pet Friendly]

(814) 237-5881

Website: www.toftreesapartments.com

Private Rental Resources

Private rentals (i.e., single units, rental units in private residences) are also available in State College and surrounding communities. Below you will find resources for identifying these housing options.

  • Centre Daily Times Newspaper: Search “Real Estate (Rentals)” in the classifieds. Website: www.centredaily.com/adperfect
  • Craig’s List: Search “Housing.” Website: pennstate.craigslist.org
  • Division of Student Affairs Off-Campus Living: Includes links to post and search for housing and roommates. Website: www.sa.psu.edu/ocl
  • The Daily Collegian: Search “Rentals” and “Sublets.” Website: www.collegian.psu.edu/business/classads/

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are there housing options outside of State College?

There are several small communities located close to State College (estimated proximity below). Housing in these communities is often cheaper. Asterisks indicate communities where graduate students in our department have found suitable housing in the past.

  • Bellefonte .................................................10 miles*
  • Boalsburg .................................................4 miles*
  • Centre Hall ...............................................14 miles
  • Houserville ...............................................3 miles*
  • Lemont .....................................................3 miles*
  • Pine Grove Mills ......................................5 miles*
  • Pleasant Gap.............................................8 miles
  • Port Matilda .............................................12 miles

Are there housing options on campus for graduate students?

Most graduate students live off campus, however there is limited housing available on campus. Applications and information on the rental process can be found online.

Auxiliary & Business Services Website: www.hfs.psu.edu/housing/graduates/lease.shtml

When should I start looking for housing?

The rental market in State College can be tight. We recommend that you begin looking as soon as you accept the admittance offer.

When should I start my lease?

Orientation for incoming HDFS graduate students typically occurs one week before the start of classes (see calendar link below) in late August. Most graduate students begin their lease August 1st. Occasionally there is opportunity to begin working on a project the summer before you start the program, in which case you may consider beginning a lease in May.

Academic Calendar Website: www.registrar.psu.edu/academic_calendar/calendar_index.cfm

Should I consider getting a roommate?

Some graduate students get a roommate to offset costs (particularly if renting a townhouse or house). Some also find roommates to be a wonderful support system.

Is parking an issue?

When looking for an apartment ask whether parking is included with the rent, particularly if you are considering a place in or near downtown. Parking is not usually an issue further away from campus.

If I drive to school, where can I park?

Parking info is available at www.parking.psu.edu

Parking is available near Beaver Stadium (football) and the Bryce Jordan Center (sports/entertainment venue). It takes about 15-20 minutes to walk to Henderson from the commuter lots. Free buses run regularly from the parking lot to several places around campus. There are plenty of parking spots available in the commuter lots so you won’t need to worry about arriving by a certain time in order to find a spot.

Do I need a car?

Living in State College without a car is doable if you live near campus. CATA (Centre Area Transportation Authority) provides bus service to State College and the surrounding communities. A Ride Guide is available on their website. State College also has an extensive system of walking/biking trails.

CATA Website: http://www.catabus.com

Where can I find additional information about living in Centre County?

Borough of State College Government

Website: www.statecollegepa.us

Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau

Website: www.centralpacvb.org

Centre County User’s Guide

Website: www.centredaily.com

Search “User’s Guide” on the Centre Daily Times website

State College Social Life:

Though State College is a small town, there are plenty of fun indoor and outdoor activities that graduate students enjoy while living here. Here is a list of some suggestions from current graduate students.

Outdoor Guide

If you enjoy the outdoors, there are a lot of great outdoors activities you should do! Here are some websites to help you get a sense of what the area has to offer.

Camping

Website: www.statecollege.com/outdooradventure/dir_camping.php

Golf

Website: www.statecollege.com/outdooradventure/dir_golf.php

Parks

Websites: www.statecollege.com/outdooradventure/dir_parks.php

www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks

Lakes

Websites: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/blackmoshannon/index.htm

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/whippledam/index.htm

Hiking

Websites: www.pahikes.com

www.localhikes.com/MSA/MSA_8050.asp

www.statecollege.com/outdooradventure/guide/hiking.php

Penns Cave

Website: www.pennscave.com

Sports

Many graduate students tailgate and attend home football and Spikes baseball games. Plus Penn State has very competitive teams in women’s basketball, volleyball, wrestling, gymnastics, and fencing. If you are interested in buying season tickets for football, be sure to check the website for important dates for pre-registration and ticket sales (usually late spring/early summer).

Penn State Football Games

Website: www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/psu-m-footbl-body.html

Ticket information: http://www.gopsusports.com/ot/studentcentral.html

State College Spikes Baseball Games

Website: web.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp?sid=t1174

Theaters

The State Theatre

130 West College Ave. State College PA, 16801 (814) 272-0606

Website: www.thestatetheatre.org

The Center for the Performing Arts

130 West College Ave. State College PA, 16801 (814) 272-0606

Website: www.cpa.psu.edu

Penn State Downtown Theatre

146 Allen St.

State College, PA 16801

Website: http://theatre.psu.edu/

Movie Theaters:

Premiere Theater

125 Premiere Dr State College, PA 16801

College 9 Theatre

3031 Carnegie Drive State College, PA 16801

Bars:

Here’s a list of bars that seem to be most popular among our graduate students:

Websites: www.statecollege.com/bartour/

www.lionmenus.com/BarSpecials.aspx

Zenos

100 W. College Ave.

State College, PA

Website: www.zenospub.com

Mad Mex

240 S Pugh St

State College, PA

Website: www.madmex.com/regions/happyvalley/entrance

Zola’s

324 W College Ave

State College, PA Website: www.zolabistro.com/

The Rathskeller

108 S. Pugh St.

State College, PA

Website: www.theskeller.com/

Darkhorse Tavern

128 E. College Ave.

State College, PA

Website: www.darkhorsetavern.com

Bill Pickle's Tap Room

106 S. Allen St.

State College, PA

Website: www.hotelstatecollege.com/pickles

Wineries

There are a few wineries in the area.

Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery

Website: http://www.mtnittanywinery.com/

Brookmere Vineyard & Winery

Website: http://www.brookmerewine.com/

Susquehana Heartland Wine Trail

Website: http://pawinetrail.com/

Restaurants

Here’s a selection of popular restaurants:

Cozy Thai Bistro

454 E. College Ave

State College, PA

Website: cozythaibistro.com

The Deli

113 Heister St State College, PA

Website: www.dantesinc.com

Otto’s Pub and Brewery

2235 North Atherton St State College, PA

Website: www.ottospubandbrewery.com

American Ale House and Grill

821 Cricklewood Dr. (Toftrees)

State College, PA

Website: http://www.americanalehouse.net/

Duffy’s Tavern

113 E. Main St.

Boalsburg, PA 16827

Website: http://www.duffystavern.com/

The Waffle Shop

1610 W. College Ave. or 1229 N. Atherton St.

State College, PA

India Pavilion

222 E. Calder Way

State College, PA

Website: http://www.indiapavilion.net/

Faccia Luna

1229 S. Atherton St.

State College, PA

Website: www.faccialuna.com

The Green Bowl

131 W. Beaver Ave. State College, PA

Website: http://thegreenbowl.com/

Lion Menus (http://lionmenus.com/) also offers delivery from several restaurants in town.

Coffee Shops

Dunkin' Donuts

200 West College Ave

Cheese Shoppe

234 E Calder Way

Starbucks

232 W. College Avenue or 2030 N. Atherton Street

Irving’s

110 E College Ave

Saint’s Café

123 W Beaver Ave.

Festivals

Fitness & Yoga

There are several options for workout facilities, fitness classes, and yoga classes at Penn State and in State College.

Weekend Trips

There are several cities that are close enough to State College for fun weekend trips!

  • Philadelphia, PA – about 3 ½ hours
  • Pittsburgh, PA – about 2 ½ hours
  • NYC, NY – about 4 hours
  • Washington, D.C. – about 4 hours