Does anyone know if there is a 'list' of what kids should bring to school? also, how does it work on move in day, August 21? Everytime we go to UP we have to park near the Stadiums, how close do they let you park to move the kids stuff in? We do have hotel reservations for the night before and that night.
As for the parking, you can park really close to the residence hall. I believe you can get as close as 10-20 feet from the residence hall to unload your stuff. You won't have to go all the way to the stadium.
My sister will be a junior this year at main campus, and I am her little sister (future psu student 2009..hopefully!) so I'm pretty familiar with the whole process. Basically, move in day is little chaotic, but a good experience. You should expect quite a bit of traffic, so an earlier start might be the best way to go (there's probably no way of avoiding it though!). She actually stayed in West dorms, right by the IST building, because that's her major. We pulled in into the road beside the dorm (there will be students there giving out information), and you are permitted 15 minutes to park there and unload everything. I got the wonderful job of guarding the pile of stuff while my mom found a place to park, and my sister retrieved her keys. They have carts to roll in your items (we lost one of our bags, but the mentors eventually found it). This is pretty much the move-in-day process. It can be pretty eventful...
Items to Bring: My sister and mom went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond to buy everything for her room...
-bed risers (i would def. get these!..u can store stuff under the bed easily)
-comforter (bed in a bag)
-plastic bins (store food, etc.)
-power-strip for computer (there is a certain process you go through in order to get the wireless internet...but I'm not familiar with it so that might be a question to ask unless you're computer savvy...I'm not)
-fan! (west dorms tend to be warm even in the winter..I'm not sure about the others...but it will be warm)
well, I can't think of anything else...hope i was able to help! Good Luck.!!
Corker, you pretty much summed it up. Good luck next year. A few additional items: hangers, a LONG ethernet cord (I don't think the dorms are actually wireless yet and the plug for your connection might be across the room from where your desk is --d's was), area rug (you might be able to get this after you get up there), girls only-- a caddy to take your stuff to the shower.
I remember this being a very exhausting day. We got there around 9:30 AM and were busy unpacking and cleaning (the rooms appeared clean, but I figure you never know about germs). It was pretty hot in the room so that made it uncomfortable. D had to go over to the commons to get her internet set up (I think they changed this now and you can do it online before you go up there). They had students there to help you unload and I think they do a pretty good job managing the crowd for such a big school.
We will be there again in August to drop our freshman son off.
Definitely bring a fan. Also, extra lighting (desk lamps) are something to be considered. These items can conceivably be picked up at BB&B or Walmart (there is a huge one just a few miles from campus) in State College if necessary, but the stores might end up being 'out of stock'.
Another thing to consider - one of those foam mattress toppers (have a waffle-y appearance) that go on top of the mattress and under a mattress pad. We bought one today because my S is going up to campus for summer session this Sunday (June 29th). He'll be in Ritner Hall. He might need it, depending on the state of the mattress). I'll let you know -
We moved my S into one of the Pollock halls on Saturday. The mattresses are in good condition, but we did use a waffley foam mattress topper and our own fitted mattress pad on top of that - all on top of the little mattress pad thing they provide.
There is a WalMart nearby on West Atherton. When we moved in our D we went there to pick up a few extras. It is crazy busy there but they have pretty much everything you need or anything you may forget :-)
Last year they had a list of things to bring - I'm pretty sure it was posted on eLiving. You'll definitely need an ethernet cord if you want to use the internet in your dorm! & you can park in the lot next to your dorm. Move in day is hectic but exciting - you don't really do anything other than lug in all your stuff and arrange your room. I suggest keeping your door open so neighbors will stop by and introduce themselves