Housekeeping staff is available Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. to clean and maintain residence hall buildings.
To ensure a comfortable and healthy living environment, the housekeeping staff performs the following tasks:
- Cleaning and disinfecting common area bathrooms
- 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
Students are responsible for the condition of their apartments, furnishings, and any damages or losses that may occur during occupancy. Do all you can to prevent unnecessary cleaning needs that add to the workload of housekeeping staff. When staff have to do extra cleaning, they have less time for the routine tasks that are necessary to meet established cleaning standards.
Help keep your building clean:
- Dispose of trash in designated areas, making sure everything goes in—not around—the containers. Don't put personal trash in common area 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 into the trash can, not the hall.
- Routinely clean your room, bathroom, and kitchen
- Never put food down the bathroom sinks.
- Vacuum cleaners are available for student use - see your RA for information.
Each residence room is wired for Ethernet connections so students can access the Internet with their personal computers. WiFi is also available via secured Enterprise wireless networks. Information on how to use the Ethernet and wireless networks is available from ResCom. Computer labs are available on campus.
Fully equipped laundry facilities are located in the apartments for exclusive use by residents. Washing machines cost $1.50 per load, and $0.50 for each dryer cycle. Students must use LionCash+ to pay for laundry services. Report any problems with laundry facilities to Housing and Food Services.
Incoming mail must be addressed properly, using the following format:
Penn State Abington
1001 Old York Road
Abington, PA 19001
Each residential student is assigned a mailbox to share with his or her roommate(s). Mailbox numbers correspond with the hall/room number and 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 Monday through Friday. Mailboxes are located near the Housing and Food Services office.
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 time specified in the email. You'll need to show your Penn State id+ card to claim your package.
At the end of spring semester, all students must update their address in LionPath so mail can be forwarded during summer break. 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 Philadelphia Inquirer.
Report any problems with the newspaper machine to Student Affairs in person or by sending an email.
If you want to have a vehicle on campus you need to register for a parking permit. Please note that only returning students are eligible to register for parking permits at Lions Gate.
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 the building. Cardboard, office paper, aluminum cans, and plastic can be recycled.
Cable TV connections are provided in each residence room, and expanded basic cable TV service is provided as a part of your room and board fee. Premium cable TV service is available. Students are responsible for arranging and paying for premium cable TV service.