March 15, 2020

Borough and Off-Campus Resources


State College Borough Council

Most Penn State students reside and socialize in the Borough of State College. The Borough is government by a mayor, a borough manager, and the Borough Council. The Council consists of seven members that are elected at large, for four-year, overlapping terms. Council sets policy and has ultimate responsibility for the municipal government.Regular Council meetings are typically held on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7 p.m in Room 304 of the State College Municipal Building located at 243 South Allen Street.

For more information, go to https://www.statecollegepa.us/

The Borough Council Student Representative

In 2010, The State College Borough Council passed legislation forming a seat for an official Non-Voting Undergraduate Student Representative. This student is charged with conveying the interests of the 40,000 undergraduate students to the Borough Council. They are elected by the UPUA’s General Assembly during their first meeting after their elections. The Non-Voting Student Representative is responsible to attend the meetings of the State College Borough Council and of the UPUA’s Governmental Affairs Committee.

The current Borough Council Student Representative is Genevievre Miller.

CATABUS Community Service

CATABUS Community Service consists of 24 bus routes which provide service between Downtown State College, the Penn State Campus, shopping centers, apartment complexes, and other points of interest. A fare is required for every one-way trip. Cash, tokens, transfers, and passes may be used for fare on any of the routes.

Tokens can be bought at CATA’s Customer Service Center, The HUB Information Desk, the six Commons Desks, Student Book Store and McLanahan’s Student Store.

Day passes can be bought for $6 via mobile ticketing. Monthly passes are sold in CATA’s Customer Service Center.

For more information, go to catabus.com/catabus/community-service/

Housing Fair

The Housing Fair is a resource for students to explore whether to live on or off campus. The fair is a relaxed environment in which students can ask questions about what is best for themselves. Students that decide to live off campus can talk to a variety of landlords & property managers and see what options are available. 

For more information, go to https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/involvement-student-life/living-campus/housing-fair

Living Off Campus Website

In January of 2019, Off Campus Student Support launched the Living Off Campus website. The site allows landlords and property managers to list their properties to students looking to live off campus. The housing search will also include a roommate search that only students, faculty, and staff can access. The website also includes a message board and other helpful resources.

For more information, go to livingoffcampus.psu.edu

Univeristy Break Lyft Subsidies

In 2017, Penn State officially partnered with Lyft making it one of the official ride-share services for the University. The UPUA has utilized this partnership by funding Lyft ride coupons. These $15 coupons can be employed by students that need to go to the University Park Airport for transportation for Fall, Winter, and Spring Breaks.

The Off-Campus Student Union

The Off-Campus Student Union (OCSU) is a registered student organization dedicated to representing students living off-campus at the University Park. OCSU also helps to address the concerns of the off-campus students


A Student’s Guide to Downtown State College

Map Key


Blue – Accepts LionCash+

White – Does not accept LionCash+


State College Renter’s Guide

The Off-Campus Student Union (OCSU) have worked to provide future renters with an opportunity to view information regarding apartment complexes surrounding Penn State through a survey sent out to students living off campus. The survey allowed students to “rate” their landlord. The UPUA values our relationship with OCSU and the posts the this report to this page for people to view and download.