Two female students sit in a Penn State residence hall room.

Housing Services

Cleaning
Computers
Laundry Facilities
Mail
Newspaper Readership Program
Parking
Recycling Program
Television Service

Cleaning

Housekeeping staff is available Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. to clean and maintain the residence hall. To ensure a comfortable and healthy living environment, the housekeeping staff performs the following tasks:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting bathrooms and fixtures
  • Surface cleaning bathrooms
  • Cleaning and disinfecting showers
  • Removing common area trash and recycling material
  • Sweeping and vacuuming lobby areas and hallways
  • Cleaning lobby areas
  • Repairing and maintaining building system components (as needed)
  • Performing other duties as necessary

Student Responsibilities
Each student is responsible for the condition of their residence room, furnishings, and any damages or losses that may occur during occupancy. Students should do all they can to avoid adding to the workload of our busy housekeeping staff. When staff have to do additional cleaning, they have less time for their routine tasks that are in place to meet established cleaning standards.

Do your part to help keep the residence halls clean:

  • Dispose of trash in designated areas, making sure everything goes in—not around—the containers. Do not put personal trash in bathroom or lobby receptacles.
  • Sort recyclable material by following the instructions on the receptacles.
  • Clean up after yourself. If you make a mess, it's your responsibility to clean it up.
  • Put what you sweep from your room in the trash can, not the hall.
  • Clean your room regularly.
  • Never put food down the bathroom sinks.

Vacuum cleaners are available for student use. See your RA for information.

Computers

Ethernet Connections
Each residence room has been wired for Ethernet connections so that students can access the Internet using a personal computer. Learn about the software required for this connection and information on how to have the connection activated.

Computer Labs
Get information about location and hours of on-campus computer labs.

Laundry Facilities

Fully equipped laundry facilities are located in the residence hall for exclusive use by on-campus residents. LionCash+ is the payment method for laundry. You can deposit funds to your LionCash+ account online or at the Housing and Food Services office. Report any problems with laundry facilities to Housing and Food Services.

Mail

Incoming mail must be addressed properly, using the following format:

Student's Name
Mailbox Number
Penn State Greater Allegheny
4050 University Drive
McKeesport PA 15132

Mailboxes
Each residential student is assigned a mailbox to share with their roommate. Mailbox numbers do not correspond with the student's residence hall/room number. Mailbox numbers will be provided at check-in, along with mailbox combinations. Students who move to a different residence hall room will be assigned to another mailbox. Mail is placed in student mailboxes daily, Monday through Friday. Mailboxes are located in the Student Community Center, outside the Housing and Food Services Office.

Packages
If you get a package that doesn't fit in your mailbox, you'll receive an email saying that a package is waiting for you. You can pick up your package at the Housing and Food Services office during the times indicated in the email. You'll need to show your Penn State id+ card to claim your package.

Forwarding Address
At the end of spring semester, you'll need to submit a forwarding address via eLion so your mail can be forwarded during the summer. Students should also contact companies and inform them of the forwarding address to prevent any delay in receiving mail.

Newspaper Readership Program

Newspapers are available Monday through Friday at convenient locations throughout campus. National favorites USA Today and the New York Times are provided by the Newspaper Readership Program as well as the local newspaper, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Report any problems with the newspaper machine to Student Affairs in person or via email.

Parking

If you want to have a vehicle on campus you'll need to register and pay the fee for a parking permit with Campus Police, located in the Frable Building.

Recycling Program

Penn State has taken proactive measures to reduce waste and protect the environment. The residence areas have been leaders in Penn State's recycling movement, and all residents are encouraged to participate. Convenient recycling containers are located throughout campus. Cardboard, office paper, aluminum cans, and plastic are recycled.

Television Service

Cable TV connections with basic service are provided in each residence room. Expanded cable TV service is available through Comcast.