FAQ

common questions about The Park at State College

What is The Park at State College?

It’s an apartment community designed especially with Penn State students in mind, offering spacious newly-renovated apartments, great amenities and dedication to quality — all in a convenient location and at competitive rates.

Is The Park part of Penn State University?

Although nearly all residents at The Park at State College are students at Penn State and it is just minutes from campus, The Park is privately owned and professionally managed. Click here for more information about the ownership and management.

Can I live with friends, or can you match me with roommates?

You can select your roommate(s), or you can apply on your own and we can match you with other students. Applicants answer a short list of lifestyle questions to help in the matching process.

What are per-person contracts?

Instead of requiring all roommates to sign a joint lease, each person at The Park has their own individual contract, with one person per bedroom. This means you are only responsible for paying for yourself — not your roommates. Even if a roommate moves out or other bedrooms in your apartment are empty, you only pay the rate for your bedroom.

What is included in the rate?

Each resident at The Park pays a flat rate that includes:

  • Furniture
  • High speed Internet throughout the community
  • Water/sewer, trash removal
  • Washer and dryer in each apartment
  • Community features — pool, fitness center, tanning, etc.

Are the apartments furnished?

Yes. Each apartment includes a complete set of furniture, including leather-style living room set, full-size beds, desks and chairs, dressers, coffee table and dining furniture. To see a sample of the furniture and other finishes, please visit our model apartments.

When do the contracts start and end?

The standard term is August 16, 2017 to August 1, 2018, with payments made in 12 equal installments. Limited alternate dates may be available; please inquire with our staff.

Can I pay by credit card?

Yes. Residents can pay online 24 hours per day, by credit card or ACH electronic checking. The Park also offers automatic payment by either credit card or checking account — just fill out one page, one time and payments will be made automatically. There is a convenience fee for one-time online payments, but automatic recurring payments are always free.

Will my financial aid cover charges at The Park?

Your living costs at The Park can be covered by financial aid, just like on-campus housing. Any available financial aid funds, after university charges are satisfied, are released to the student for non-institutional expenses, such as off-campus housing. These funds can be used to pay charges at The Park. Normal payment deadlines will continue to apply.

Is The Park at State College open to non-students?

Nearly all the residents at The Park are students at Penn State University. The per person contracts are also designed with students in mind; nonetheless, The Park at State College is an Equal Opportunity housing provider and welcomes applications from non-students. Family members are welcome as well, subject to occupancy limits. Because of the need to match student roommates, non-students must apply together with enough roommates to fill the desired apartment.

What kind of security is provided?

The Park provides courtesy patrols during evening hours. Management staff are also on-site 24×7 and can be reached by a 24-hour phone number.

What are the policies on smoking, guests and pets?

Smoking is allowed in an apartment only if all roommates consent, and will require deep-cleaning fee at the end of the term. All clubhouse areas are non-smoking. Guests are welcome at all times, subject to the consent of roommates and security considerations. Overnight guests are welcome, with limits on the number of days and guests. The Park is a no-pets community, except fish in small tanks approved by management.

Can I keep my vehicle at The Park?

The Park at State College offers free surface parking for all residents. Limited guest parking is also available at no charge.

What other transportation options will I have?

All residents receive a CATA bus pass, valid on six bus routes that pick up right next to The Park, or from Atherton & Blue Course a quarter-mile away, and run directly to the Penn State campus and downtown State College. Buses run seven days a week, including late night, with service typically every 5 to 15 minutes. It’s as little as a six-minute ride to campus.

Can I see a model apartment?

Yes. Please request an appointment for a personal tour, or just stop by to see us and we’ll be happy to show you the community.