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When choosing the right apartment in State College, different factors range in priority to each student. The vastness of State College offers a wide range in location, type of housing and style to take into consideration.

For some, certain expectations have to be met — such as location, number of rooms, expense and layout. But also, smaller details like look and room size can make a living area the right home for some.

Penn State students shared some of their expectations and thoughts when looking for the right housing.

Madelyn Flynn said she picked her apartment for next year primarily on location. As a student in the College of Engineering, her apartment, which is located close to the engineering buildings, made sense for easy walks to classes. In addition, Flynn (freshmen-biomedical engineering) looked for two bedrooms and enough space provided for her and her roommates.

Mackenzie Willet decided to make the transition into a townhouse farther off campus for her sophomore year. Willet (freshman-marketing) wanted to get away from the busyness of campus and downtown, as she felt living downtown was too similar to living on-campus.

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“I missed having my own escape, I wanted a place that I could go home and it would feel like it was my home,” Willet said.

Hannah Kumar picked her dorm based on location and comfort. Kumar (sophomore-accounting) chose to live in North Halls because they were close to her classes this year.

“One of the biggest things for me is having a more space,” she said, “and North is known to be a bit quieter— so I like that, personally.”

Kyle Kacala picked his apartment complex close to his classes next year because he enjoys the downtown life. Also, Kacala (freshman-mechanical engineering) enjoyed having the renovated apartment, hardwood floors and a balcony at a cheap price.

Madeleine Collins has gone through many transitions of living situations during her time at Penn State. Collins (graduate–accounting) lived close to central downtown in her first apartments. Collins and her roommates focused on location and bathrooms— wanting only two people to share a bathroom.

Approaching her senior year, they focused mainly on price, as they wanted to pay less than $550. However, they also tried to get a house close to downtown.

“I am paying more right now to have my own room,” Collins said. “I was happy having roommates my first four years of college and I’m happy right now having my own room.”

Many seniors find themselves making the transition from living in a downtown apartment to finding houses and townhouses that are right for them. Also, going farther from town can help for more budget-conscious. Newer apartment complexes in town can cost up to $1,650 a month.

Finding a room for oneself isn’t meant for all. Husain Alattar had a different housing situation where he lived off-campus freshman year. Husain (freshman-petroleum engineering) had a single room apartment this year, but decided to find roommates to live with away from the downtown area next year. Having roommates, but being away from town, was the perfect solution to Atlattar’s want of personal space, but with more connection.

Jack Davis picked his current apartment for the location. He likes central downtown and being close to the White Loop stop to avoid longer walks.


“Next year I’m living in my fraternity because I just want to live with my best friends for the semester,” Davis (sophomore-finance) said.

Davis also plans to travel abroad for a year — an opportunity offered by Penn State that many believe makes living decisions easy.

Briana Wright never had to look hard for her living situation. Being a resident assistant, she was assigned her room.

But Wright (senior-broadcast journalism) still had some tips to find the right home.

“I would look for good residents or neighbors, convenience and a good company you rent from,” she said.

Other options for students include being an RA, living with a sorority or fraternity, and traveling abroad. Finding the right living situation may be hard for some, but keeping in mind the specifics is most important as it will help narrow down what is right for a student.

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