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Living Near Campus

Living Near Campus

Living Near Penn State Scranton


Located in Dunmore, Penn State Scranton is centrally located and easily accessible from Scranton, Throop and other surrounding towns. Out-of-town students should have no difficulty finding off-campus housing due to the large number of regional colleges and universities in the area. For more information contact the Office of Student Activities in the SLC or by calling (570) 963-2700.

The Commons at University Drive: Privately owned and managed, The Commons at University Drive is across the street from the Penn State Scranton campus. The Commons provides a great housing option for students both near and far commonns  or call (570) 207-0435.

The Scranton Times is the leading newspaper in the Scranton area and is available FREE for students on campus. You can visit The Scranton Times website at

Local Real Estate Agents can be found in the Yellow Pages or on the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce website ~   Click on Business Directory and search under the term "real estate" for a complete local listing.

You can also check out the following websites: - across the street from campus, great location

Getting to Campus

Most students get to campus by driving their own cars or getting rides from friends and family. For individuals who do not have these resources available, there is a local bus line that stops within the campus vicinity. For detailed information about the bus line and route, contact Colts Bus Lines at (570) 346-2061 or by going to

Parking on Campus

Parking is available to all students FREE of charge. In order to receive a parking pass, students will need to visit either the Business Office or Security Office with registration and insurance information. Students are encouraged to arrive for classes 15 to 30 minutes before classes begin to ensure a convenient parking spot.

Off Campus Housing Info

Office of Student Activities, SLC 120, (570) 963-2700

Parking Info

Security Office, SLC Building

(570) 963-2555


Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce

(570) 342-7711


Colts Bus Line

(570) 346-2061


Basic Renters Information:


To live in your own apartment is a rite of passage that occurs during college. Living on your own is fun, but there are responsibilities connected with being a tenant that need to be taken seriously. There are many vacancies in the apartments and houses in Scranton and the surrounding areas, and it is very difficult to "break" a lease once it is signed or to find someone to sublease.


APPLICATIONS Some rental application forms are legally  binding and if you are accepted, you could be required to sign a lease. Know what you are applying for by asking to see a copy of the lease before signing your application.


READ YOUR LEASE  Respect the lease for the legal contract that it is and to which you are obligated once you sign.


MENTION any special conditions, such as medical considerations (i.e. allergies) at the time of the application.


HAVE A WRITTEN AGREEMENT with your roommates.  Regardless of how close your friendship with a potential roommate may or may not be, it's always a good idea to put contracts in writing. 


NEVER HAVE ORAL AGREEMENTS with the landlord.  Always require that any additional agreements be written and signed on the lease no matter how minor an item.  If it is part of your agreement, the landlord should be willing to write it down.


ALWAYS give your landlord a written notice of any problems, this includes repairs, safety issues or changes in your rental status.



Come & See Us For ALL Your Housing

Questions & Concerns

Our Door Is ALWAYS Open!


 Student Activities Office

Penn State Scranton

120 Ridge View Drive

Dunmore, PA 18512


Phone:  (570) 963-2700

Fax:  (570) 963-2683




The Pennsylvania State University makes no representation whatsoever regarding the housing or the landlords listed through the Student Activities Office at Penn State ScrantonThe properties listed are done so at the request of the landlords to assist students in locating possible off-campus housing opportunities.  Students are responsible to inspect the property and negotiate lease terms with any landlord.  The Pennsylvania State University has not inspected or investigated these listings or landlords in any way and is not endorsing any specific properties or landlords for students by this listing.  The Pennsylvania State University disclaims any responsibility, among other things, for the condition of any premises, terms of any leases, treatment by any landlord, or compliance with any applicable local zoning ordinances.


Groceries & Shopping


The Scranton area provides a variety of grocery and shopping options for your convenience.


Price Chopper

1228 Oneill Highway, Dunmore, PA 18512

(570) 346-4538

Walmart Supercenter

900 Commerce Boulevard
Dickson City
(570) 383-2354



1315 Scranton Carbondale Highway
(570) 383-8721



The Pennsylvania climate is typical of a temperate zone, with marked seasonal variations in temperature and precipitation. Within each season, the weather may be quite changeable. The following, however should serve as general guidelines for all campuses.


Fall (mid-September - November): Days are often warm and sunny, nights are cool; temperatures range from 60°F (15°C) in the daytime to 32°F(0°C) at night.


Winter (December - March): Continuously cold weather with an occasional mild day; temperatures of about 32°F (0°C) to below 0°F (-20°C); snow sometimes deep is possible anytime.


Spring (April - May): Increasingly warm, sunny days; cool nights; temperatures sometimes reach 60°F

(15°C) to 80°F (27°C); frequent thundershowers.


Summer (June - mid-September): Temperatures average from 70°F (25°C) to 90°F (35°C), with medium to occasionally high humidity. 

Clothing and What to Bring


Due to the range in seasonal temperatures, you will need clothing suitable for both the hot, humid summers and the cold, snowy winters, as well as some transitional clothing for the spring and fall seasons. While Penn State students usually dress quite casually, you may want to bring along a business suit or appropriate dress for job interviews, internships or other similar occasions. You will need some sort of rain protection and, in addition to extra layers of clothing, a heavy overcoat, hat, gloves and warm boots are essential for the winter.



Penn State Scranton offers:


Men's Sports: baseball, basketball,  soccer, volleyball


Women's Sports: basketball, volleyball, softball,


Multi-Purpose Building (MPB)


The MPB is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  For a complete schedule of facility availability see the Penn State Scranton Athletics website for details: 

Religious Services


For a list of religious services offered in the Scranton area, visit: 


There are many restaurants in the Scranton area.  The link below lists many of them alphabetically.