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What is The Park at State College?

It’s an apartment community designed especially with Penn State students in mind, offering spacious 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, 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 20, 2021 to July 29, 2022, with payments made in 12 equal installments. Limited alternate dates may be available; please inquire with our staff. Click here for a sample agreement.

Is a co-signer or financial guaranty required?

After a Housing Agreement is signed, each resident is required to secure their financial obligation in one of three ways: by providing a qualifying guarantor (often a parent); by pre-paying the final 2 installments; or by purchasing a third-party guaranty from our partner, Leap. In limited cases, we may also waive the requirement for a financial guaranty if a resident has sufficient income of their own.

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 credit card, debit card or checking account — just fill out one page, one time and payments will be made automatically. Convenience fees apply for credit card and debit card payments.

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?

The Park at State College is a smoke-free community in all indoor and adjacent spaces. 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 at State College is pet-friendly in select buildings, with required registration and fee, and subject to limits on animals and breed.

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 Sunday through Wednesday nights and $1 per night on Thursday through Saturday nights.

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.

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Apply now to secure your preferred placement, and we'll waive the deposit and application fee.

New applicants only; limit one resident per bedroom. Housing Agreement must be fully signed while this limited-time promotion is in effect. The first regular rent installment and annual administrative fee are due August 1, 2021. Approved guarantor or alternate partial prepayment required. All agreements are subject to management approval under regular application policies. Special offers, including discounted rates, may not be combined.