How to Get a Lease

Are you interested in living in White Course Apartments? Follow these steps:

Complete Lease Application (for family housing and graduate single students ONLY)

The Lease Application is available online through eLiving. Please refer to the eligibility guidelines for determining which apartments that you are eligible to request. Housing will use the eligibility guidelines to determine apartment availability. Your Penn State Access Account User ID (e.g., abc1234) and password are required to log in to eLiving.

By submitting the lease application, your name will be added to an Application Waitlist while your application is being reviewed. Once the lease application has been reviewed by staff, you will be notified of your status. While Housing will make every effort to honor your requests, we cannot guarantee that housing will be available to all students who submit an application. 

Waitlist Notification: If your lease application is received after all apartments have been rented, your name will be placed on a Lease Waitlist. Students on the Lease Waitlist will be emailed a lease offer only if an apartment becomes available during the requested rental period. You may contact the White Course Housing Office at any time to have your name removed from the Lease Waitlist. Being on the Lease Waitlist does not guarantee that a lease offer will be made.

Dependents: When submitting a lease application, you will need to indicate any dependents who will be living with you. Per University Policy, all dependents must have a Penn State Access Account, and you are responsible for creating each dependent's account before completing the lease application. Penn State Access Accounts can be created through the Accounts Management system at  

Accept Lease Agreement

If your lease application is approved and an apartment space becomes available, Housing will send an email to your address on file with a link to the Lease Acceptance page in eLiving. You may also check the Lease Acceptance page in eLiving at any time to see if you have been offered a lease. Lease offers expire at the date and time noted on the offer, usually within seven days.

To accept the lease offer, you must read and agree to the terms of the lease. You will need to pay the first partial month's rent and $100 security deposit with a credit card. The amount due will be noted on your lease offer.

Submit Payment

Apartment rent is posted to your LionPATH account on the first day of the month for each calendar month of the lease term, and must be paid in full by the bill due date to avoid a late fee and eviction notice. Payment can be made at the Bursar's Office, 103 Shields Building, or online using LionPATH. If your lease begins or ends in the middle of the month, you will be charged the daily rate for that month (calculated by multiplying the monthly rent by 12 months and dividing that annual amount by 365 days).

Rates and Fees

View current rates for White Course Apartments. Single-student apartment rates are per person, per month. Family apartment rates are per month. All utilities are included. Residents are eligible to purchase a Campus Meal Plan.

Additional fees:

  • Advance housing deposit ($100)
  • Late payment fee ($25 per month)
  • Early arrival
  • Late departure
  • Core (door lock) change
  • Apartment-change fee ($400) (families only)

Photo ID

All Penn State students are required to have an official University ID card. You can get a Penn State id+ Card at the id+ Office, located in the HUB. The single-student apartments and one-bedroom family apartments in White Course Apartments have a card access security system, and all residents over the age of 10 are required to have an id+ Card. A Penn State Access Account is required to receive an id+ Card.

Lease Release Requests

The White Course Apartment Lease is a legally-binding contract, that once submitted, the tenant is bound by the terms and conditions. In rare circumstances, the University will release a tenant from the lease obligation. Tenants will not be released from the lease obligation if the tenant is registered as a Penn State student. A Lease Agreement Release Request (PDF file) must be completed for consideration.