Residence Life offers resources for on-campus living

August 25, 2016

You're moved into your residence hall room. Here are a few things you’ll want to know:

A word about routers

You may use a wired router as a personal router, but it’s important that you don’t use your own wireless device due to interface with Penn State’s wireless network. Using Penn State’s wireless network decreases the risk of identity theft or computer hacking, and it improves wireless reliability and speed for everyone. For assistance setting up a wired device, bring your computer and router to a ResCom helpdesk.

Cable TV

Housing provides digital on-campus cable TV service that includes an extensive channel lineup. Channel 2 broadcasts announcements about Housing and Food Services and Residence Life. For information about cable TV services, a complete channel listing, and to make sure your TV is compatible, visit

FixIt — easy maintenance requests

Window won’t open? Ceiling bulb burned out? Room too hot or cold? You can submit a maintenance request at and select a time that’s acceptable for maintenance to enter the room. Housing will respond within 24 hours to confirm an appointment. Emergency requests should be directed to the Housing Office immediately.

Items available to borrow at commons desks

If your room needs some cleanup after unpacking, you can borrow cleaning supplies and a vacuum cleaner from the commons desk. We also have a toolkit! Later, when it’s time for some fun, recreational equipment such as volleyballs or basketballs can be signed out.


Recycling centers are located in every building. You can compost food waste and recycle just about anything else, including glass, metals, plastic, cardboard and paper. If you have questions about recycling a specific item, email or Tweet @sustainPSU.

Last Updated August 28, 2016