Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions and answers.  If you can't find your answer here feel free to Contact Us

How can I see an available apartment at College Station?

Call us to set up at tour at 484-431-5812 or Email us to set up a tour at CollegeStation@CollegeTownCommunities.com.

Do I need to already have roommates or can a roommate be provided?

Any student will be accommodated at College Station. If you already have other students that you know you would like to live with, you will be placed with them, within the same apartment. If you are looking by yourself, you will be put on our “Roommate Needed List” and matched with other single tenants of the same gender using our Roommate Matching System. The roommate matching questionnaire is part of your initial application that you fill out prior to signing a lease to live at College Station. We use your answers to this questionnaire and compare them with other residents’ answers and match everyone accordingly.

Are these units Furnished?

Yes, ALL units are completely furnished. Check specific unit style for exact furnishings.
Furnishings include: Leather couches, Coffee table, Kitchen table with 4 bistro style chairs, Full sized bed with hypoallergenic mattress, Desk with locking drawer, Desk chair, 5 Drawer dresser, Full Sized Closet, and a 55” Flat Screen TV in every Apartment.

What appliances are included?

All kitchens are supplied with a Full Sized Refrigerator, a Range/Stove, Ventilation Hood, and Garbage Disposal.

Are utilities included in the rental amount?

Your Rental Payment includes: access to the entire facility for the complete duration of your lease term, access to the café-style vending machine room, as well as the Student Lounge, a Fully Furnished apartment, ALL utilities included, HD cable/HBO, Individual password protected WiFi, a 55” HD Flat Screen TV in every living room, FREE onsite parking, FREE Laundry facility on each floor, Secure Package receiving and mailroom at our Leasing Office, an onsite live-in property manager, and After Hours Security/Concierge service.All utilities are included in your monthly rental amount. Including HD Cable with HBO and Individually Password protected WiFi
**There is a Utility Allowance per unit**
We allocate a per unit average for your utility consumption. Should your average utility consumption cost exceed our baseline average we reserve the right to charge the residents the cost of the additional utility consumption. This process protects against misuse.

What is included in my Rent Payment?

Your Rental Payment includes: access to the entire facility for the complete duration of your lease term, access to the café-style vending machine room, as well as the Student Lounge, a Fully Furnished apartment, ALL utilities included, HD cable/HBO, Individual password protected WiFi, a 55” HD Flat Screen TV in every living room, FREE onsite parking, FREE laundry facility on each floor, Secure Package receiving and mailroom at our Leasing Office, an onsite live-in property manager, and After Hours 3rd Party security/concierge staff (7 days a week).

Is there a Security Deposit?

Yes. There is a $250 Security Deposit for every tenant. The balance will be returned to each tenant, within 4 weeks after the end date of their lease agreement, less any damage charges or outstanding balances that may have been incurred at that point.

When do I pay rent?

Rent is to be paid by the 1st of every month of your contract. Arrangements can be made to pay a full semester in advance or a full year in advance if that is desired by the tenant.

How do I pay rent?

Rent payments can be made by check, money order, wire transfer, credit or debit cards (No cash will be accepted) in the Leasing Office or online through your Resident Portal account. Most debit cards have a daily limit for charges, so check with your bank to be sure you have the ability to make large payments before attempting payment. Convenience fees will apply to any online payment and vary depending on your payment method. College Town Communities splits these fees with you and pays half, so the fee you pay is actually half of the entire fee. Checks are the cheapest way to pay!

Is parking available?

Onsite parking is available for ALL tenants at NO additional charge. Every tenant MUST obtain a Parking Permit Sticker from the Leasing Office in order to be permitted to park in the onsite parking lot. Any vehicle parked in the College Station parking lot without a parking sticker will be given a one-time warning or towed upon discovery, depending on the circumstance. These actions are taken to preserve safe and well-lit parking for our residents who are paying for this amenity. Guests parking is available to the rear of College Station, in the Giant grocery store lot. Direct access to the College Station facility is located in the rear of the property, by means of a lighted stair way, to accommodate these guests.

Who is allowed to live at these facilities?

Any student enrolled at the Penn State Abington Campus.

Can guests/ visitors stay overnight?

Any tenant is allowed to have a guest visit or spend the night at any time without the need to register or sign them in. However, a guest is NOT allowed to stay for more the 3 days at a time. Roommate consideration must be taken into account with all visitors. Guests must be accompanied by the tenant whom they are visiting at ALL times when inside the apartment.

What safety measures are taken by management?

There is an onsite manager who resides on the property and is available for emergencies 24 hours a day. We offer 3rd Party After Hours Security/Concierge services 7 days a week. There are also over 80 video cameras located around the facility covering all entrances, outdoor and parking areas as well as all interior common areas. The footage of these cameras is monitored regularly. All exterior doors lock every time they close, so Non-Residents are unable to enter without the assistance of a College Station resident. If these doors are “propped open” or held open, an alarm will sound after 30 seconds alerting staff and residents that the door is not closed properly. Also, our “Key Fob” lock system allows us to track activity and potential misuse of any area by their individual coding. These keys are not reproducible by the resident and can be taken offline immediately in the event that a resident’s key is ever stolen or misplaced.

Will I have a private bedroom?

ALL tenants will have their own bedrooms.

Will I have a private bathroom?

There are 2 full bathrooms provided for each Four Person apartment. (Individual sink and vanity area per person as well.)

How are these units rented?

Each resident will have their own lease per bedroom.

How far from Campus is your facility?

College Station is less than 3 miles from the Penn State Abington Campus next to the 24 hour Giant Grocery store and the Willow Grove Train Station. Walk to the Willow Grove Mall or Thunderbird Lanes or Wawa Convenience store or Grub Burger Bar. College Station is at the center of it all.

Are Pets Allowed?

No. Pets are not allowed at any of our facilities. No pets are allowed to “visit” any of the facilities at any time either, due to the possibility of spreading allergens or fleas that could be disruptive to other tenants in the facility.

Are there Laundry Facilities?

Laundry services are FREE for ALL College Station residents. There is one Laundry room located on each floor at College Station, approximately one washer and one dryer per 12 students for communal use. All laundry rooms are secure and monitored.

When would I move in?

All Leases for the 2016-17 School Year will start August 8th, 2016.

How long is a lease term?

There is a 10 month and a 12 month Lease Term Option. Check this website for specific details and pricing.

Do you perform Background or Credit Checks during the application process?

Background checks are performed on every student who wants to live at College Station. A minimally invasive credit check is performed separately on the parental guarantor for each College Station tenant. There is NO cost to the tenant or the guarantor for this process.

Is there an Application Fee to Apply for an Apartment?

NO. There is no fee to apply to live at College Station. There is, however, a $100 nonrefundable Administrative Fee once you have decided to complete a lease to live at College Station. This Administration Fee covers the online application process, renewal lease generation, resident and guarantor screening, resident financial ledger maintenance, programmable key fobs, 24-7 access to the online Resident Portal, maintenance of laundry facilities, and on-site security. Residents wishing to renew their lease for the following year in the same bedroom will NOT have to pay a new security deposit but will have to pay a new Administrative Fee of $100.

Is alcohol permitted in my unit?

Assuming you are of the legal age, you may consume alcohol in your apartment. No alcohol is permitted in the outdoor areas and we ask you to respect All community guidelines.

May I paint the living room/ kitchen area/bedroom area?

No. The apartments are already painted. You may decorate your apartments with posters, tapestries, X-Mas lights, etc. Please use thumb tacks or nails when hanging things on the walls. Do NOT use Tape, Glue, Gummy poster hangers, 3M double sided sticky pads, etc. Do NOT use wall decals, as they will delaminate the face of the drywall. Any unnecessary damage to the apartment walls could be deducted from your security deposit.

Do I need to bring my own bedding or window treatments?

We provide a Full Size bed frame and a Full Size mattress. You will need to bring a mattress pad, sheets, blankets, comforters, pillows and bed spread. Every unit will include mini blinds on each window and you may add window treatments if you desire, but the blinds must stay in place.

Am I required to carry renter’s insurance?

We do require every tenant to carry renters insurance. Tenants may procure their own renter’s insurance policy and show College Town Communities management proof of that insurance and list College Town Communities as “Additional Insured” on that policy or tenants can work along with management to secure their Renter’s Insurance at move in by going with a third party insurance company at that time. This is done in our Leasing Office and often represents the most inexpensive costs for the most comprehensive coverages.

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Are your facilities directly affiliated with Penn State Abington?

This property is solely rented to Penn State Abington Students. We work closely with the Penn State Abington campus but are a privately owned company.

Can grants, scholarships, student loans, or financial aid be applied towards rent?

Yes. You may use financial aid proceeds or any other 3rd party payment process to pay for your Rent at any of our facilities. Typically financial aid proceeds are dispersed directly to the student who in turn can then use those proceeds to pay for housing. If a rental payment is due and the tenant has not received their source of aid yet, proper documentation of this delay in aid must be presented to management in order to avoid any late fees to your account.

Who do I make my rent or security deposit check payable to?

College Town Communities or College Station