Housing Services two female staff working with female student

Housing Services

Cleaning

Housekeeping Staff

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, fixtures, and 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

Students are responsible for the condition of their residence room, furnishings, and any damages or losses that may occur during occupancy. Do all you can to prevent unnecessary cleaning needs that add to the workload of housekeeping staff. When staff have to do extra cleaning, they have less time for the routine tasks that are necessary to meet established cleaning standards.

Help keep your residence hall clean:

  • Dispose of trash in designated areas, making sure everything goes in—not around—the containers. 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.
  • Routinely clean your room.
  • Never put food down the bathroom sinks.

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

Computers

Ethernet Connections/Technical Support
Each residence room is wired for Ethernet connections so students can access the Internet with their personal computers. The software required for this connection and information on how to have the connection activated is available from Information Technology. Computer labs are available on campus.

Laundry Facilities

Fully equipped laundry facilities are located in each residence area for exclusive use by on-campus residents. Washing machines cost $1.50 per load, and $0.50 for each dryer cycle. Students must use LionCash+ to pay for laundry services. Report any problems with laundry facilities to Housing and Food Services.

Mail

Incoming mail must be addressed properly, using the following format:

Student's Name
Penn State Berks
Box number
2080 Tulpehocken Road
Reading, PA 19610

Mailboxes

Each residential student is assigned a mailbox to share with his or her roommate. Mailbox numbers correspond with the hall/room number, and will be provided at check-in, along with mailbox combinations. Students who move to a different residence hall room will be assigned to another mailbox. Mail is placed in student mailboxes Monday through Friday. Mailboxes are located between the Housing and Food Services office and the entrance to Tully's.

Packages

If you get a package that doesn't fit in your mailbox, you'll receive an email saying that a package is waiting for you. You can pick up your package at the Housing and Food Services office during the time specified in the email. You'll need to show your Penn State id+ card to claim your package.

Forwarding Address

At the end of spring semester, all students must submit a forwarding address to Housing and Food Services so your mail can be forwarded during summer break. Students should also contact companies and inform them of the forwarding address to prevent any delay in receiving mail.

Newspaper Readership Program

Newspapers are available Monday through Friday at convenient locations throughout campus. National favorites USA Today and The New York Times are provided by the Newspaper Readership Program as well as the local newspaper, the Reading Eagle.

Report any problems with the newspaper machine to Student Affairs in person or by sending an email.

Parking

If you want to have a vehicle on campus you need to register for a parking permit with Police Services, located in room 114, Luerssen Building.

Recycling Program

Penn State has taken 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. Convenient recycling containers are located throughout campus. Cardboard, office paper, aluminum cans, and plastic can be recycled.

Television Service

Cable TV connections are provided in each residence room, and basic cable TV service is provided as a part of your room and board fee. Expanded cable TV service is available by calling 877-397-6993. Students are responsible for arranging and paying for expanded cable TV service.