Housing Applications

Assignment Process

  • Housing applications are obtainable through the Housing Office and can be found online here:
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  • A member of the staff may mail, e-mail, or fax prospective tenants the necessary application upon request. Due to the overwhelming demand for accommodations at the University Manor Apartments, applicants are advised to submit their applications to the Housing Office as soon as they are aware of their need for housing on the Penn State College of Medicine campus. The Housing staff, without a requested date of occupancy, cannot process applications. Do not send any money until you receive your assignment!
  • Only full-time medical students, graduate students, nursing students, residents, post-doctoral fellows, and those individuals otherwise approved by the Dean's Office are eligible to live on campus.  Individuals with employee status are not eligible to live on campus.    
  • Assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis by the date of request for occupancy, then by date of receipt. We attempt to satisfy requests for type of apartment, roommate preferences, second floor apartments, etc.
    • Note to Medical and Graduate Students: Housing assignments are made in late May and through mid-July, as apartments become available. The chances for on-campus assignment are better when an early date of occupancy is requested. Most vacating apartments are available for occupancy mid-June to early July after graduating students and residents completing their education and training have vacated.    
    • Nursing assignments are made as per assignment schedule as directed by the Penn State College of Nursing.    

College and University Vaccination Act

  • The Pennsylvania State Legislature passed the College and University Student Vaccination Act on June 26, 2002, and Governor Mark Schweiker signed the Act into law. This Act directly affects all students that will be residing in on-campus housing accommodations in Pennsylvania.
  • The Act has the following key elements:
    • It requires institutions of higher education to provide information to students residing in on-campus housing accommodations on the risks associated with meningococcal disease (meningitis is just one form of this disease), and the availability and effectiveness of the vaccine.     
    • It prohibits students who have not received the immunization or submitted the exemption waiver from living in University-owned housing accommodations.
    • It allows for an "exception" procedure. A student, or a parent or guardian of a student under the age of 18, can sign a written waiver stating that the information was received and reviewed, and that the vaccination was declined for religious or other reasons.  The University may permit the student to then reside in on-campus housing accommodations once the waiver is received.    
  • In order for Penn State University to comply with this law, all on-campus students must have a form on file. Forms must be received prior to the student moving into on-campus accommodations; failure to return this form will result in the student not being permitted to stay in on-campus housing facilities.    
  • Please indicate on the form one of the following options:
    • Section B:  Your health care provider signs the form indicating that you have received the vaccination.  
    • Section C1: You have attached documentation indicating that you have received the vaccination.
    • Section C2: You have received the vaccination at another Penn State campus, and have recorded the information on the University Health Form that is filed at that campus.
    • Section D: You are requesting an exception from the immunization requirement.
  • Please return the completed form to the Housing Office within 24 hours.  If you do not have a proof of vaccination form with you and/or it is not on file with Penn State University, please sign the waiver.    
  • For further information, please contact Housing Services at (717) 531-8210. For health-related questions, please contact your health care provider or Student Health Services at (717) 531-5998. Additional information is also available at www.hfs.psu.edu/vaccine.
    • What is meningococcal disease?  Why is it so dangerous?
      • Meningococcal disease includes two forms of bacterial infection, which may occur separately or together:
        • Meningitis: tissues surrounding the spinal cord and the brain are infected, causing swelling and inflammation
        • Meningococcemia: bacteria enters the bloodstream and travels to many organs of the body.
      • Between 15% and 20% of people are affected with this disease. Of those who survive, it is not uncommon to suffer from permanent damage, such as amputation of hands, feet, arms, or legs; brain damage; hearing loss; and seizures.
    • What are signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease?
      • The early symptoms can look no different from a cold or flu, and often are initially ignored. Some symptoms include headache, fever, stiff neck, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. A purplish red rash sometimes develops on the arms and legs, especially as the disease advances. The disease can progress very rapidly, and death can ensue within hours. Early diagnosis and treatment offer the best chance for recovery, but because early symptoms mimic less serious illnesses, it can be hard to make the diagnosis before the disease reaches an advanced stage.
    • Why should college students be concerned about meningococcal disease?
      • Over recent years, there has been an overall rise in the incidence of cases occurring in the 15-24 year old age group and a statistically higher likelihood of contracting this illness among college students (particularly freshmen) living in dormitories. Between 1991 and 1997, the number of cases among teenagers and young adults doubled from 308 to 600. Alcohol and tobacco use may be related to the occurrence of these cases.
    • How can I reduce the risk of acquiring meningococcal disease?
      • A vaccine is now available which can help protect individuals from meningococcal disease, including meningitis. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have recently modified their guidelines to recommend that parents and students be advised of the availability of this vaccine and encouraged to consider having students receive it.
      • This vaccine has been shown to be 85% effective in protecting individuals from 4 groups (or serotypes) of meningococcus. It does not confer protection against a fifth serotype of meningococcal that causes about a third of cases in this age group. Adverse reactions to the vaccine usually consist of mild and infrequent pain or redness at the injection site. Fever and hypersensitivity reactions can occur.
      • A single-dose vaccination produces protective antibody levels in 7 to 10 days. Immunization with the vaccine should be deferred during any acute illness. The vaccine should not be administered to pregnant women or individuals sensitive to thimerosal or any other components of this vaccine. The American College Health Association, a national non-profit organization serving and representing the interests of professionals and students in health and higher education, does not recommend the vaccine for adults over age 30, as they are rarely afflicted by this infection.
    • I still have questions. Who can I call?
      • You should first call your family health care provider to discuss your questions about the meningococcal vaccine. If you would like to talk to Student Health Services at Fishburn Road, please call 717-531-5998.
      • For additional information please visit the following websites:


  • Roommates are paired by request from applications when possible, or by considering the following factors: gender, applicant category (medical student, graduate student, or resident), class (first year, second year, etc.), and smoking or non-smoking preference.

Waiting Lists

  • Waiting lists are maintained for each type of apartment (1, 2, or 3 bedroom) located within the University Manor East Student Housing Complex. Prospective tenants who meet the eligibility requirements for occupying each apartment type can be added to the waiting list by contacting the Housing Office. All requests to be added to or removed from the applicable waiting list must be submitted to the Housing Office in writing. As apartments become available, Housing Office Staff will refer to the applicable waiting list and contact the first person on the list. Individuals will be allotted 24 hours to decide if they are interested in residing in the apartment that is available. If the individual accepts the assignment, the Housing Office Staff will prepare the necessary paper work and establish a date for the assignment. If the individual refuses the assignment, their name will remain on the waiting list, but will be moved to the bottom of the list. Individuals will be contacted annually to inquire as to their current desire/wish to remain on the associated waiting list.