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Housing Services

Cleaning

Housekeeping staff is available Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. to clean and maintain residence hall buildings. To ensure a comfortable and healthy living environment, the housekeeping staff performs the following tasks:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting bathrooms and fixtures on a rotating schedule
  • Surface cleaning bathrooms
  • Cleaning and disinfecting showers
  • Removing common area trash and recycling material
  • Sweeping and vacuuming lobby areas and hallways
  • Cleaning lobby areas
  • Repairing and maintaining building system components (as needed)
  • Performing other duties as necessary

Student Responsibilities

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

Do your part to help keep the residence halls clean:

  • Dispose of trash in designated areas, making sure everything goes in—not around—the containers. Please don't put personal trash in bathroom or lobby receptacles.
  • Sort recyclable material by following the instructions on the receptacles.
  • Clean up after yourself. If you make a mess, it's your responsibility to clean it up.
  • Put what you sweep from your room into the trash can, not the hall.
  • Clean your room regularly.
  • Never put food down the bathroom sinks.

Vacuum cleaners are available for student use. Please see your RA for information.

Computers

Ethernet Connections and WiFi

Each residence room is wired for Ethernet connections so students can access the Internet using a personal computer. Visit the Computer Center to learn about the software required for this connection and information on how to have the connection activated.

WiFi is available in all residence halls; visit ResCom for information on how to connect.

Technical Support

Residence Hall Network Help Desk provides students living in the residence halls with computer and networking support. Contact the Help Desk at 814-898-6550 or via email.

Computer Labs

Computer labs are available throughout campus. Learn about the hours of operation and location.

Laundry Facilities

Fully equipped laundry facilities are located in each residence area for exclusive use by on-campus residents. LionCash+ is the payment method for laundry. You can deposit funds to your LionCash+ account online or at the Housing and Food Services Office. Please report any problems with laundry facilities to Housing and Food Services.

Mail

Resident students have their own individual mailbox. You will be notified by email when your mailbox is assigned. Please visit Mail Services for contact information, rules and regulations, student package tracking system, mailbox combination, and other important information. Mailboxes are located on the ground floor of the Reed Union Building. The mailroom can be contacted at 814-898-6494.

Use this format for the address:

MB#
4701 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563

Forwarding or Change of Address

If you are leaving campus permanently you need to submit a change of address. There's no need to fill in a change of address if you're just going home for the summer. Your First Class mail will be forwarded to the address you used when you registered with the College.

If your permanent mailing address changes, you need to record it with the University using eLion, and with the United States Post Office.

Newspaper Readership Program

Newspapers are available Monday through Friday at convenient locations throughout campus. National favorites USA Today and the New York Times, as well as the local newspaper the Erie Times News, are provided. Learn more about the Newspaper Readership Program. If you have any problems with the newspaper machines, contact Student Affairs.

Parking

If you want to have a vehicle on campus you need to register for a parking permit with the Parking and Dispatch Office, operated by Police Services, located in 10 Erie Hall. Or you can register online for a parking permit.

Recycling Program

Penn State is taking proactive measures to reduce waste and protect the environment. The residence areas have been leaders in Penn State's recycling movement, and all residents are encouraged to participate. There are convenient recycling containers located throughout campus. Cardboard, office paper, aluminum cans, and plastic are recycled.

Television Service

One cable TV connection is provided in each residence room, and basic service is provided by Time Warner Cable.