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Living in State College

Beaver Stadium

White out at Beaver Stadium, borrowed from flickr.com/psuzombienation/

  • The State College bus system (CATA bus) has four routes that run through campus for free, as well as a number of regular routes that cost $1.50 per trip. The most useful routes for students are probably the V bus going to Walmart on North Atherton St., and the M bus going to the Nittany Mall. Almost all routes stop at the Pattee Transit Center in front of Kern Building, as well as downtown (Allen St. and West College Av.). The schedules can be found on the CATA bus website.
  • If you don’t want to carry your passport around, it is probably a good idea to get a state ID or a driver’s license  from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. You will need a 12$ check (cash is not accepted), immigration documents, proof of residence (e.g. lease+ gas bill), a letter from the Office of Global Programs, and your SSN. You can get to Penn Dot via bus, but it’s a long trip that requires taking two buses, so you are probably better off getting a ride from a classmate.
  • There are also plenty of sport events at State College Penn State has top teams in different disciplines, and there is free admission for students to most events. Football is one exception, but even if you don’t want to buy tickets, you can have fun at the tailgate party. You may also want to follow the Spikes, State College’s minor league baseball team.

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