Whether you’re looking for a State College, PA house for you and four of your friends or a studio apartment for you and well, just you, know that off-campus housing doesn’t have to be expensive! Everyone knows the cost of being a college student isn’t cheap, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find affordable housing near Penn State.Continue reading
So you’re looking for apartments near Penn State — but where do you start? We know what not to do. Don’t go around town looking at For Rent signs taped up in dusty windows with landlord numbers hastily scrawled on them. Instead, you should research the best possible landlords and property management groups near campus! But how do you know which companies are best?
That’s where College Pads comes in. We work with reputable landlords on a day to day basis, so we’ve decided to put together a list of the best possible property management groups for you to compare when looking for your next place. Check out these top landlords, and then search for their Penn State apartments and houses on our customized map page!Continue reading
After doing a year or two of hard time in the medium security correctional facility commonly referred to as “on-campus living”, students are itching for the freedom of living off-campus. No rules. No RA’s. No more shuffling down the hall in a towel to your room after a shower. Just freedom. But that freedom comes at a price: Rent.
While living off-campus is traditionally cheaper than living on-campus, that doesn’t mean that by choosing to live off-campus you’ll suddenly be paying thousands less in living expenses and start living like someone from Fancy Living Digest. What it actually means is that you’ll be paying a little less than you would in the dorms, but you’ll have more freedoms (and responsibilities).
Unfortunately for students across the nation, the cost of college is rising 8 times faster than the cost of wages (yikes) which makes paying for rent increasingly more difficult. Sure, there are a ton of ways to make sure you don’t end up having to sell a kidney (or two) to pay for next semester’s rent, like keeping what’s important in mind when you’re looking for your next place – I.e., lazy rivers, 24-hour fitness centers, indoor something-ball courts, and personal masseuses are not necessary amenities to have in your next rental.
However, when you attend any of our 10 campuses with super high rents, you’re going to be stuck.
- California State, Long Beach
- California State, Fullerton
- Rutgers University
- University of Michigan
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Cornell University
- University of Delaware
- Western Washington University
- University of Arizona
- Penn State University
While there are hundreds of different factors leading up to why these schools have the most expensive average rent prices for student renters, the main factors that affect the cost of rent include: Enrollment, Luxury Apartments, School Prestige, and Vacancy Rate. So let’s dive into the reasons why each campus is so expensive.
You only go to college once (generally speaking). So why not make the most of it?
Where you choose to live around Penn State can play a huge part in your whole college experience, so becoming familiar with the different neighborhoods in State College will help to determine where you want to spend your next few years living off-campus as a Penn State student. Looking to “have it all”? Then choosing to live in the downtown State College area is definitely the right fit for you. Jam packed with shops, restaurants, bars, and you won’t need to travel far to run your everyday errands or enjoy time out on the town. Check out downtown State College rentals near Penn State here. Continue reading
Thousands of students searching for houses and apartments near Penn State use CollegePads.com every year to find housing. Like many other campuses in the midwest and northeast, many students at Penn State start searching for housing in September and October for leases that start the following August.
This September was no different. Tons of students were reaching out to properties all month long – with many reaching out to houses. Most students reach out houses for rent in State College in these early days of the housing season. Competition is more intense and there are fewer prime locations available!
And these locations are prime. These houses were the five most contacted properties by students in the month of September, 2019. Quick preview: Atherton Street seems like the place to be! Continue reading
We know better than anyone that college can be stressful (especially if you haven’t found the perfect apartments near Penn State).With so many books to read and tests to ace, it can be hard to find time for anything else. But you only have four(ish) years to make it count, and trust us, time flies when you’re busy being an adult.
It’s important to put the books down every once in a while and take part in what really matters: fun. To help you out, we put together a list of things to do near Penn State to ensure you’re making the most of your PSU experience.
All that adulting can work up a pretty big appetite, and debating with your friends on where to eat can really put a damper on your day—there’s nothing worse than being hangry (well, besides scouring Craigslist for apartments near Penn State .
Next time your tummy goes rogue and you’re at a loss for options, don’t fret. These five places to grab a bite near Penn State off-campus housing are pretty much guaranteed to satisfy your cravings.
College is stressful; especially if you’re trying to find apartments near Penn State at the last minute. Sometimes, you need to leave those worries behind, take a break, and let loose. Whether you choose to hit the town on the weekend for a night out with friends or you need something to get you over the mid-week hump, these State College bars have you covered. With great happy hours and food specials, even you broke college students can ball on a budget at one of the five favored bars listed below.
Besides the inevitable search for apartments near Penn State, there are a few things that every Penn Stater should see and do throughout the academic year. You know you went to Penn State if you’ve experienced one, or all, of these ten things.
1. There’s no better place to be on a fall Saturday than Beaver Stadium
It’s the house Paterno built. It’s ninety thousand people wearing Navy and White and cheering for one of the country’s most prestigious college sports programs. It’s seeing the Nittany Lion run up and down the sidelines. It’s regularly considered one of the top college game day experiences in the country. It’s getting fired up just by hearing the words “We Are.” You simply can’t describe what it’s like to attend a Penn State football game; it’s something you just have to experience. Continue reading
The CATABUS is nothing short of a life saver for many here at Penn State, especially for those living in apartments near Penn State. Whether it helps you get to class, the Nittany Mall, or to your apartment safely after a night out, you can always count on the CATABUS to take you where you need to go.
Tips for Navigating the CATABUS System: Continue reading