CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Penn State Lehigh Valley (PSU-LV) students looking to make the transition to the University Park campus will have a prime opportunity to explore on- and off-campus housing options at the University’s fall 2021 Student Housing Fair on Sunday, Oct. 10.
To further encourage students to take a proactive approach to the issue, PSU-LV will be running a bus trip to the Housing Fair, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 10 at University Park’s HUB-Robeson Center. The bus will depart from the Lehigh Valley campus at 7 a.m. and will leave University Park at 4 p.m. Students also may attend the fair on their own. Parents can attend as well, but they must provide their own transportation.
Students can now sign up for the bus trip in Room 235. The cost is $5 to reserve a seat (cash or check payable to Penn State University only), while admission to the Housing Fair is free.
To register, or for more information, contact PSU-LV Coordinator of Student Services Melissa Baker at [email protected].
At the Housing Fair, representatives from the University’s housing staff; local landlords; property managers; and business, government and bank representatives will be on hand to meet with students and parents to provide them with information related to on-campus living and off-campus apartment vacancies. Attendees also will have the chance to tour the campus.
“The Student Housing Fair is a great way to gather information about housing options,” Baker said. “It’s also good for students transitioning to University Park to go and look around and see where they are going to be. Many students haven’t had the chance to go out to University Park, and this event gives them the opportunity to get on the bus, get questions answered, look at apartments, tour the campus, and decide if they really want to transition there. It is a big change from a smaller Penn State Commonwealth Campus, so it's great to go up there and get the lay of the land.”
One of the most important things Baker tells students is not to sign any lease until they are 100% certain they’re going to University Park, nor attend the fair with the expectation of signing any kind of lease or housing agreement on the spot.
“You don’t want to sign a lease without knowing that you have been approved for a change of campus,” Baker said. “Also, leases signed are a legal, binding contract that you will not be able to void, even if you decide you want to stay at our campus. The best advice is to sign an off-campus housing lease only when you are 100% positive that you are approved to change campuses.”
“Do not feel pressure at the Housing Fair — there are plenty of chances to sign a lease,” Baker added. “This is just to get information.”