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Welcome to Penn State, Now Meet Your 7 Room-mates

charlieschmcharlieschm Registered User Posts: 4,282 Senior Member
edited February 2013 in Penn State
Penn State University Park - Supplemental Housing

Information about the "Supplemental Housing" in which lounges have been converted to house 4 to 8 students. If you are lucky, maybe you will get to room with the RA!
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Replies to: Welcome to Penn State, Now Meet Your 7 Room-mates

  • KvillemomKvillemom Registered User Posts: 309 Member
    The key is accepting an offer of admission as soon as you are sure that you want to attend. My D accepted in February, we sent in the deposit, and did the housing contract. By the way, she doesn't know any current freshmen that have supplemental housing.
  • GolfFatherGolfFather Registered User Posts: 1,519 Senior Member
    Holy cow, that sucks.
  • PSUdadxtwoPSUdadxtwo Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    According to both of my kids who now attend PSU, a vast majority of the students who are in supplemental housing actually like it because the rooms are converted lounges that have a lot of space and they like having 5 or 6 instant friands. Some of the housing folks say they actually have a hard time convincing the supplemental housing students to move into a "normal" two person room when a space opens up. Also, room rates are cheaper.
  • 1moremom1moremom Registered User Posts: 3,958 Senior Member
    I have also heard this. ^^^
  • yupperyupper Registered User Posts: 87 Junior Member
    As someone who has actually gone through it, I can say that it honestly sucked!
  • 1moremom1moremom Registered User Posts: 3,958 Senior Member
    yupper, you were in supplemental even though you are in the honors college?
  • PSU85MOMPSU85MOM Registered User Posts: 101 Junior Member
    My daughter was in a regular double and it honestly SUCKED~roommate was a spoiled, passive aggressive witch!

    So what is the point of this post? Many, many university have supplemental housing. Who can afford to have rooms sit empty? All schools have students who don't show up or drop out early in the semester. Some Universities use the lounges like PSU others stick a third person in a double room, 3 girls - 2 closets, try telling me that is fun. Apply early, deal with deadlines, make the best of the situation you end up in.
  • 1moremom1moremom Registered User Posts: 3,958 Senior Member
    Well said, though there have been years recently when PSU was so far off in their yield forecasting that, among other things, they tried to buy back the housing contracts of kids within commuting distance (without much success).
  • PSU85MOMPSU85MOM Registered User Posts: 101 Junior Member
    Kent State in Ohio did the same thing (offered an incentive $$ for upperclassmen to give up a housing contract) in 2011.
  • 1moremom1moremom Registered User Posts: 3,958 Senior Member
    I have to say, when I was at UIUC back in the seventies they did the same thing. I'm not sure why people get so up in arms about it. It beats the alternative-- empty rooms and higher costs.
  • CatriaCatria Registered User Posts: 11,349 Senior Member
    Can graduate students be assigned to supplemental housing?
  • JonLawJonLaw Registered User Posts: 189 Junior Member
    I was at Penn State in the mid-1990s.

    They used lounges for excess and surplus student housing back then.

    This is not news.

    I was in a regular double in the honors dorm with an alcoholic who went to jail over winter break. I would have preferred to be in a lounge with a ton of people.
  • 1moremom1moremom Registered User Posts: 3,958 Senior Member
    Grad students have a separate system and are not guaranteed housing. (PSU freshman are required to live on campus.) If a grad student wants PSU housing and it is full they have to find something off campus. There is probably a waiting list for on campus housing in the event that it is full.
  • zobrowardzobroward Registered User Posts: 3,933 Senior Member
    I would highly recommend not going to a school for this reason. if you joined the army and you are in boot camp yeah that is what happens (more like 25 or 30 people)
  • greenbuttongreenbutton Registered User Posts: 2,375 Senior Member
    ^^Huh. "Highly recommend" is strong language. Some students do prefer some of the supplemental housing because there is a lot more space, and they figure the chances of getting along with someone is better in a bigger group. I was also very suspcious but it is way cheaper as well, and for some people it's the difference between attending and not affording it. As in all things, it just depends on the student. (And most supplemental housing empties out of anyone who really wants out)
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