LIVING ON CAMPUS
Living on campus at Penn State Beaver makes you part of a closeknit community where you can
Penn State Living
form strong relationships with fellow students, faculty, and staff. You’ll also enjoy the benefits of close proximity to classes, recreational areas, dining services, and on-campus parking.
As an on-campus resident, you can easily take advantage of nearby recreational areas, such as the athletic fields and the Wellness Center. We are proud to offer nine varsity sports programs, along with intramural programs for team and individual sports. The campus boasts many student clubs and organizations, including student government and Lion Ambassadors. Plus, the campus often features movies, dances, guest speakers, and other special events. There are also numerous student employment opportunities on campus. Imagine—all of this, right in your on-campus neighborhood.
• Only 35 miles from Pittsburgh • Just 20 minutes from Pittsburgh International Airport • Minutes from Route 376 Where to find us: Penn State Beaver Housing and Food Services 110 University Drive Monaca, PA 15061-2799
“Everything is here.” When Maryland-native Devante Phillips embarked on his collegiate career at Penn State Beaver, he discovered how simple and enjoyable being an oncampus resident made his undergraduate experience. “You have time for fun, for socializing, and to focus on academics,” says Devante. “You have easy access to your professors, as well as classmates who can help you in your studies.” Devante, a sophomore double majoring biology and pre-med student, says he enjoys the benefit of being close campus resources. “Everything is here,” says Devante. “You have a better relationship with everyone on campus, which benefits you academically and socially. I can go to the library anytime I want to study by myself or with friends.” Devante also loves that he has the opportunity to develop close relationships with his peers outside of class by living on campus. “We’ll play football, and sometimes at night we’ll play a game called Release— it’s like tag.” Living on campus allows Devante and his peers to easily foster relationships benefiting them both socially and academically.
Did you know? • Penn State Beaver offers campus–wide wireless Internet. • Harmony Hall houses 211 students. • Penn State Beaver students received more than $350,000 in scholarships last year. • The Brodhead Bistro employs almost 20 students each year. Learn more about student employment opportunities at beavercampusliving/student-employment.
Living Environment The Housing, Food Services, and Residence Life staff is committed to providing you with an environment that is safe, secure, comfortable, and conducive to academic success. We understand the college experience should foster personal and social development as well. With that in mind, we promote a concept of community in which each student is responsible for respecting their neighbors’ rights. Within this framework, the student’s right to choose his or her own lifestyle is supported. On-campus residents live in Harmony Hall, a traditional residence hall with two students per room and one common bathroom on each wing. Students living on campus have access to transportation to the airport, bus service, shopping areas, and a variety of off campus entertainment options, including the Wellness Center. This state-of-the-art facility features a weight room, cardio and aerobic machines and much more.
Residence Area Amenities • Basic cable television service • High-speed Internet connections and WiFi • Secure keyless entry • Microwave/refrigerator unit • Wall-to-wall carpeting • Extra-long twin bed, chest of drawers, desk, and chair • Free parking
to gain entry. Room doors are equipped with a card reader and keypad. A closed-circuit camera system is installed at entrance doors as well. Harmony Hall is routinely inspected and complies with safety regulations. The building is equipped with a modern fire safety system, including sprinklers. Penn State prohibits smoking in classrooms, administrative buildings, eating establishments, sports facilities, and residence areas.
Dining on Campus Brodhead Bistro, a full-scale food court, is just a few steps from Harmony Hall. The Bistro offers grilled specialties, pasta, soups and sandwiches, hearty entrées, fresh salads, daily specials, and convenient grab ’n go items. Throughout the semester, the Bistro offers special themed meals, as well as upscale menu items. All menu items are prepared
Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Housing accommodations are available if you require special assistance. Contact the Housing and Food Services Office at 724-773-3775 to discuss the available options.
Residence Hall Safety & Security Harmony Hall has full-time, live-in professional staff responsible for ensuring a safe, secure, and comfortable living environment. University Police officers are also available to address specific security concerns.The residence hall is locked 24 hours a day, and you must swipe your Penn State id+ Card
by our food service professionals and are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Bistro features a coffee bar serving Starbucks® coffee and Tazo® teas. Convenience store items are also available for purchase at the Bistro.
Campus Meal Plan The Housing Contract features the convenience of the Campus Meal Plan. Dining dollars are deposited into a declining balance account and are accessed by the Penn State id+ Card. Simply present your id+ card to the cashier and the purchase amount will be deducted from the account. The meal plan has two components— base cost and dining dollars. The base cost covers all non-food costs for operating food services, such as labor, supplies, maintenance, and utilities. Dining dollars are used to make purchases at on-campus food service facilities. All menu items have a cash price that includes both the food costs and the base cost of operation. Since meal plan members pay this base cost up front, on campus dining purchases are significantly discounted with each visit. Meal plan members receive 65 percent off the cash price of prepared food purchases. For certain items, such as prepackaged vendor items, no discount is given.
Level Options The meal plan offers six level options, with varying dining dollar amounts available to purchase meals. Meal plan levels can be adjusted until seven days before the end of the semester by visiting eLiving.psu.edu, or funds can be added online by visiting idcard.psu.edu or with cash/ check/MasterCard/Visa at the cashier station in any Penn State Food Service operation.
Benefits of the Campus Meal Plan • Access to the account at any dining facility operated by Penn State Housing and Food Services • Easy, cash-free spending with the id+ card • 65 percent discount for members
Getting the Plan The Commuter Meal Plan can be purchased at eLiving.psu.edu and charged directly to your Bursar Account. The plan can be added to your semester bill only until your bill is generated by the Bursar. Fall bills are prepared beginning in mid-July and spring bills in early November. Refer to bursar.psu.edu/paybill.cfm for more information regarding your bill.
Missed a Due Date? LionCash+ shares the same benefits
Penn State Commuter Meal Plan
as the Commuter Meal Plan. It
The Commuter Meal Plan is designed specifically for students who live
campus purchases. Visit
off campus. All the delicious food and healthy choices your residence hall
idcard.psu.edu/lioncash for more
friends enjoy can be yours too.
Here’s how it works: • Two levels to choose from • Charge it to your Bursar Account • 10 percent discount on Food Services prepared items at on-campus locations • Accessed conveniently with your Penn State id+ Card • Available for the fall and spring semesters
can be used for both on- and off-
LionCash+ LionCash+ is an online, prepaid flexible spending
accepted on campus at the Penn State Bookstore
account accessed with the Penn State id+ Card.
and The Brodhead Bistro, as well as at other Penn
Just deposit money into your account and enjoy
State campuses and select off-campus merchants. To
the convenience of making cash-free purchases
learn more and view the complete list of participating
at participating locations. LionCash+ is also the
merchants, visit idcard.psu.edu.
method used to pay for on-campus laundry. Funds can be added at any time, and family and friends can make deposits at idcard.psu.edu.
Special Delivery A perfect surprise for any occasion, Housing and
LionCash+ also complements the Campus Meal Plan.
Food Services offer the Special Delivery program,
If you run out of dining dollars, on-campus dining
allowing parents and family members to purchase
registers will automatically default to your LionCash+
treats such as decorated cakes, fruit baskets, pizza,
account. If there are enough to cover the purchase,
and more for their special Penn State student.
funds will be withdrawn from the LionCash+ account
Available online at hfs.psu.edu/special-delivery.
and processed at the meal plan rate. LionCash+ is
The Housing Process First-year students accept their offer of admission
or add housing preferences (building, roommate, etc.),
by logging on to MyPennState using their Friends of
log on to eLiving using your FPS account. You can
Penn State (FPS) account. You’ll be able to see if on-
change your preferences until May 15.
campus housing is available at that time. If housing is available, you must accept the offer of admission and pay a $230 non-refundable general deposit fee as well as a $100 non-refundable housing reservation fee, for a total of $330. Then you must agree to the Terms, Conditions, and Regulations of the Housing
Please note, housing fills quickly — even though you have until May 1 to accept the offer of admission, housing can be full by late winter. Unfortunately, we’re not able to accommodate all students who want to live on campus.
Contract and the housing and financial statements.
If housing is full when you accept your offer of
After completing those steps, you’ll have successfully
admission, you have other options. These may include
accepted your offer of admission and the Housing
adding your name to the Waitlist (although adding
Contract. A confirmation email will be sent to the
your name does not guarantee an offer will be made),
address on file.
seeking off-campus housing, or changing to another
The Campus Meal Plan will automatically be defaulted to level three; to modify the meal plan level
Penn State campus that still has housing available.
Penn State Living Contact Information Housing and Food Services
Penn State Beaver
110 University Drive Monaca PA 15061-2799
Penn State Beaver beaver.psu.edu
724-773-3775 housingBR@psu.edu foodserviceBR@psu.edu
Admissions 724-773-3800 or
admissions.psu.edu BRemail@example.com Academic Affairs 724-773-3571 Advising Center 724-773-3678
eLiving eLiving.psu.edu LionPATH lionpath.psu.edu Friends of Penn State (access account information)
Residence Life 724-773-3959
Penn State Housing and Food Services is a caring organization, providing quality food, housing, and customer service while supporting the Universityâ€™s mission. This publication is available in alternative media on request. The Pennsylvania State University is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to programs, facilities, admission, and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by University policy or by state and federal authorities. It is the policy of the University to maintain an academic and work environment free of discrimination, including harassment. The Pennsylvania State University prohibits discrimination and harassment against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Discrimination or harassment against faculty, staff, or students will not be tolerated at The Pennsylvania State University. Direct all inquiries regarding the discrimination policy to the Affirmative Action Director,The Pennsylvania State University, 328 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 168025901;Tel 814-865-4700/V, 814-863-1150/TTY. U.Ed. Aux 16-101