Frequently asked Questions

HOW CAN I SEE AN AVAILABLE APARTMENT AT CAMPUS HEIGHTS OR THE SCHOOLHOUSE LOFTS?

To set up a tour stop by the Leasing Office, located inside the Student Lounge at 505 North Lawrence Street, Middletown PA 17057, or contact by phone at 717-649-0202, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DO I NEED TO ALREADY HAVE ROOMMATES OR CAN A ROOMMATE BE PROVIDED?

If you already have roommates you can request to be placed with them in the same apartment. If you are looking by yourself, you will be put on our “Roommate Needed List” and placed with other single tenants of the same gender. Our Roommate Matching survey will also be used as an additional tool when finding the best possible roommate match.

ARE THESE UNITS FURNISHED?

Yes, ALL units are completely furnished. Check specific unit style for exact furnishings.
Furnishings include: leather couches, coffee table, full-sized bed with hypoallergenic mattress, desk with locking drawer, desk chair, 5 drawer dresser, full-sized closet, and a 55” HD flat screen TV in ALL Suite Style Apartments

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?

Campus Heights & Schoolhouse Lofts: All utilities are included in your monthly rental amount. Including HD Cable  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.
**No more worrying to pick which resident places the utility billing in their name.
**No more up front security deposits paid to the utility companies.
**No more chasing your roommates each month to collect their money to pay for utility bills.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN MY RENT PAYMENT?

Campus Heights & Schoolhouse Lofts: Your rental Payment includes: access to the entire facility for the complete duration of your lease term, access to the 2 story 4,000 sq. ft. Student Lounge, a fully furnished apartment, ALL utilities included, HD cable, individual password protected WiFi, a HD flat screen TV in every living room, FREE onsite parking, FREE laundry in ALL laundry rooms, secure package receiving at our Leasing Office, and after-hours security staff 7 days a week.

IS THERE A SECURITY DEPOSIT?

Yes. There is a $250 Security Deposit for every tenant and an additional $150 Non-Refundable Admin Fee. The security deposit will be applied toward any damage or outstanding balances, then returned to the tenant within 4 weeks after the end of their lease agreement.

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 resident.

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!  Note that personal checks have a maximum amount of $6,000

IS PARKING AVAILABLE ON SITE?

Onsite parking is available for ALL residents at NO additional charge. ALL parking lots are extremely well lit and close to building entrances. Parking lots are monitored by video camera surveillance and by our after-hours security team.

WHO IS ALLOWED TO LIVE AT THESE FACILITIES?
Any student enrolled at the Penn State Harrisburg Campus.
CAN GUESTS/ VISITORS STAY OVERNIGHT?

All residents are 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 resident with whom they are visiting at ALL times when inside the apartment.  NO parents, older family members, or individuals younger than eighteen (18) years of age can stay overnight in the facility at any time.

WHAT SAFETY MEASURES ARE TAKEN BY MANAGEMENT?

There is an after-hours security team monitoring the facility 7 days a week. All residents are to call the office after hours and will be able to report any security concerns. They will be available to the residents to help assist if they are locked out, or if a resident is returning home late at night and would like their presence to escort them into the building, or to contact them if they accidentally burn something on the stove.
There are also over 80 video cameras located around the facilities covering all entrances, outdoor and indoor common areas, as well as parking areas. The footage of these cameras is monitored regularly. All exterior building doors lock every time they close, so non-residents are unable to enter without the assistance of a 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 tenant and can be taken off line immediately in the event that a tenant’s key is ever stolen or misplaced.

WILL I HAVE A PRIVATE BEDROOM?

ALL residents at Campus Heights and The Schoolhouse Lofts have their own bedrooms.

WILL I HAVE A PRIVATE BATHROOM?

Campus Heights: All rooftop units provide residents with their own bathrooms. All suite style units provide residents with two bathrooms between four people. Suite style units also provide individual vanity sink areas for each resident.
Schoolhouse Lofts: All single units will have their own private bathrooms. Two-bedroom units will share the one bathroom for the apartment.

HOW ARE THESE UNITS RENTED?

Each resident will have their own lease per bedroom.

HOW FAR FROM CAMPUS IS YOUR FACILITY?

Campus Heights: The Campus Heights student housing facility is adjacent to the PSU Harrisburg campus and provides a safe lighted walkway directly on to Olmsted Drive right across from the Campus Security building.

Schoolhouse Lofts: Is located within walking distance to the PSU Harrisburg campus (less than ¼ mile). Both locations are in close proximity to shopping and student friendly businesses.

ARE ANIMALS ALLOWED?

No. Animals are not allowed at any of our facilities. No animals 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 residents in the facility.

ARE THERE LAUNDRY FACILITIES?

Campus Heights: There is a central laundry room available in every building, a total of 19 throughout the complex.
Schoolhouse Lofts: There is a laundry room located on the first and second floor.

WHEN WOULD I MOVE IN?

All Leases for the 2019-2020 School Year will start August 9th, 2019.

HOW LONG IS A LEASE TERM?
There is a School Year and a Full Year 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 applicant who wants to live at Campus Heights and Schoolhouse Lofts. A minimally invasive credit check is performed separately to the applicant’s Guarantor. There is NO cost to the resident or the guarantor for this process.

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 or the Student Lounge 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  when hanging things on the walls. Do NOT use Nails, 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 sheets, blankets, comforters, pillows and bed spread. Every unit will include mini blinds on each window and you may add window treatments, but the blinds must stay in place. Any additional window treatments added must be hung with tacks only.

AM I REQUIRED TO CARRY RENTER’S INSURANCE?

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

ARE YOUR FACILITIES DIRECTLY AFFILIATED WITH PENN STATE UNIVERSITY PARK?

This property is solely rented to Penn State Harrisburg Students. We work closely with the Penn State Harrisburg 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 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.

WHO DO I MAKE MY RENT OR SECURITY DEPOSIT CHECK PAYABLE TO?

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