Four male students sitting on their couch in supplemental housing

Supplemental Housing

What is supplemental housing?

As more students are admitted to Penn State, the demand for on-campus housing increases. Once all regular housing spaces are filled, students will be assigned to supplemental housing space. Use of supplemental space allows Housing and Food Services to accommodate as many students as possible. Some students choose not to return to Penn State either before or after the semester has started. As these cancellations occur, students assigned to supplemental housing can then be moved to regular housing space.

Supplemental housing offers the same amenities as all regular housing spaces - a bed, chest of drawers, wardrobe or closet, desk, and refrigerator/microwave unit (shared with one other student). Internet and cable TV connections are also available. Typically, supplemental housing space is in a larger residence hall room with two to three other students. Some supplemental housing space is in a room with a Resident Assistant (RA).

Moving to regular housing space

The amount of time that a student spends assigned to supplemental housing varies. Depending upon when regular housing space becomes available, students will be moved from supplemental housing in the date-order that the Housing Contract was accepted. Housing and Food Services lets students know when a regular housing space is available and gives them time to prepare to move.

Supplemental housing room rate

During the time that a student is assigned to supplemental housing, the room rate will be reduced. Once the student is moved to regular housing space, the room rate will be prorated at the new room rate.