Commons Desk

Housing Services

University Housing offers students these conveniences and services:

Cleaning Services

Housekeeping staff work diligently to provide a safe, clean, comfortable and healthy living environment for residential students, and will routinely perform the following tasks:

  •  Clean and disinfect bathrooms and fixtures
    • Traditional and renovated residence hall bathrooms are cleaned on a daily schedule
    • North and Nittany Suites are sanitized on a rotating basis; students should clean the bathroom between sanitation visits
    • Eastview Terrace, Nittany Apartments, and White Course Apartments residents are required to clean the bathrooms
  •  Surface clean bathrooms
  •  Clean and disinfect showers
  •  Remove common area trash and recycling material (each student is responsible for removing personal trash)
  •  Sweep/vacuum lobby areas and hallways
  •  Clean lobby areas
  •  Repair and maintain building system components as needed
  •  Perform other duties as necessary

Student Responsibilities

Each student is responsible for the condition of his or her residence hall room, furnishings, and any damages or losses that may occur during occupancy. A student should prevent unnecessary cleaning needs that add to the workload of housekeeping staff. Additional cleaning requirements beyond the normal cleaning schedules results in less time for staff to spend on routine tasks to meet established cleaning standards.

All students are encouraged to keep University housing clean:

  •  Dispose of trash in designated areas, making sure everything goes in—not around—the containers
  •  Personal trash should not be left in bathroom or lobby receptacles
  •  Recyclable material should be sorted in the appropriate receptacles
  •  Clean up messes 
  •  Sweep/vacuum room; dust and dirt should be put in the trash can, not in the hallway
  •  Regularly clean room
  •  Food should not be dumped in the bathroom sinks

Vacuum cleaners and cleaning supplies are available to check out from the commons desk.

Bike Storage

University housing areas offer outdoor bike racks, and some areas provide limited indoor bike storage space as well. A student is permitted to keep his or her bike in the room provided that the roommate agrees. Bikes are not permitted in lounges, laundries, hallways, bathrooms, or other public areas in the residence halls. Students are required to register their bicycle per University Policy SY16.

Internet Access

Wireless accessibility are provided in every room. Residential Computing (ResCom) staff are available to assist students with setting up networks and troubleshooting issues. 

Electronic Card Access System

The electronic card access system is in service 24 hours a day and a student's Penn State id+ Card is the only way that a student can enter their assigned residence hall. University Police and student security patrols provide additional security on campus. 

Laundry Facilities

Life, not laundry! Learn more about laundry programs.


Students can submit maintenance requests through the FixIT system. 

Mail Delivery Service

Residential students will be able to receive campus mail, U.S. mail, and package delivery at the student's housing area commons desk. A student can drop off outgoing mail in the USPS mail drop-off box located near the commons desk. Stamps can be purchased at the U.S. Post Office, located within McAllister Building. Packages can also be shipped from this location as well.

Meeting Rooms

University housing areas feature meeting and recreation rooms that residents can reserve. Registered campus student organizations can also reserve these rooms through Residence Life for meetings and social events. 


Each residence area has recycling bins for mixed office paper, newspapers, and containers. Dining commons have compost containers for food scraps and used paper napkins. 

Telephone Service

A courtesy telephone is located on each residence hall floor; phone calls can be made using a long-distance calling card.


Each residence hall has at least one television in a common room. The number of television sets in a residence hall varies according to size and student population. 


Penn State's student-run radio station, The Lion 90.7 FM, features a variety of music programs. 

Student Leadership Opportunities

Students interested in taking an active role in residence hall area government should check out the Association for Residence Hall Students (ARHS)! ARHS is committed to being the voice of residence hall students.