Life in State College
Message regarding Coronavirus
At this time, Penn State is planning to operate normally for Fall 2020. However, the COVID pandemic adds a lot of uncertainty. The information in this email is assuming a typical fall schedule. We will let you know of any changes required by the pandemic or any pertinent announcements by Penn State as soon as they are available. For graduate student specific information related to COVID, please visit https://gradschool.psu.edu/covid19/.
Living in State College
It is strongly encouraged that you begin looking for a living situation in State College if you have not already done so. With approximately 55,000 students (undergraduate and graduate), the best places tend to go fast. Please refer to the Housing Overview sent earlier in the summer to get you started. If you have any questions/concerns, please contact a member of the BMMB GSA, and we will be happy to help.
Neighborhoods in and around State College
Additional information about the Neighborhoods of State College
Other nearby towns
Rent is considerably cheaper when you live outside State College city limits, and a handful of BMMB grad students choose this option. If you’re in the buying market, houses are considerably more affordable outside of SC as well. Some of these quaint towns are very popular weekend escapes for SC residents. The most common commute is by car, which generally takes 15-30 minutes and is mostly highway driving (routes can get very backed up on football weekends and be trickier during winter months). Even if you choose not to live in these locations, they are certainly worth a trip to explore the area!
Bellefonte: Super old, super cool city in the hills. Awesome antique stores, shops, lots of great restaurants and little festivals throughout the year. Distillery, cidery, and wine shops.
Boalsburg: Home of Duffy’s Tavern, which has some of the best wings around as well as other good food. Quaint little town with restaurants, wine, and historic houses. Rumored (possibly documented) to be the location of origin for Memorial Day.
Some other towns nearby but a bit further out: Port Matilda, Waddle, Pine Grove Mills