Residential Amenities

Student playing pool in Geneva Smith.

Study Rooms and Lounges

Need a quiet place to study or want to hang out with friends? Check out the study rooms located in each residential community. Lobby and floor lounges are provided to residents and their visitors for studying, meetings, programs, and community-building activities.

Recreational Equipment

Most communities come equipped with billiard and/or table tennis (ping-pong) tables. To use these pieces of equipment check with the front desk of your residential community, as staff members can sign-out pool sticks, ping-pong paddles, and balls.


Community kitchens enable residents to prepare and share meals. Residential Communities have a limited number of pots/pans and other cooking equipment available for checkout. Connect with the front desk of your residential community for assistance.

Cable TV

Enjoy your favorite entertainment, news, sports, and educational channels. (Students must supply their own coaxial cables.)

All individual residential living areas have cable television and wireless network access available at no extra charge. Wired physical data jacks exist in all residential areas but, due to full availability of wireless network access, these jacks are no longer activated by default. Wireless network access is also available in all residential spaces on campus.

Students having devices that do not have integrated wireless connectivity (such as traditional desktop PCs) should consider purchasing an inexpensive USB wireless adaptor from a retailer of their choice. Students having devices that still require wired connectivity and cannot be retrofitted with a wireless adaptor can contact the ITS Help Desk / Learning Commons at 603-535-2929 once they arrive on campus for assistance with their needs.

Laundry Facilities

Laundry facilities are located in each building. Wash prices begin at $1.60 but may vary depending on the cycle options chosen. Dryer cycles may be purchased for $.55 per 20 minutes. Effective Fall 2020 machines are controlled through the use of an iOS or Android smartphone app that requires funds to be deposited by students or families. Machines do not take cash or coin. Please note that the cost for laundry is subject to change.

Bicycle Storage

Bicycle racks and/or bike rooms are provided in close proximity to each living area. To use the bike room in your community connect with your community director when you move in. The University suggests a U-bolt style lock.

Bed Size Information

The size of the mattress that will be on your bed is 36″ wide by 80″ long (Twin XL). Bed height is adjustable from 33.25″ high to 12″ from the floor to the metal box spring. Most can be adjusted to fit a dresser underneath.

Desk Dimensions

Each student is provided a desk and desk chair. Typical dimensions for the desk are 42″ wide x 24″ deep x 30″ high. Typical dimensions for desk chairs are 20″ wide x 24″ deep x 33″ high.

Dressers and Wardrobe

Rooms include dressers and wardrobe/closet spaces. Typical sizes for the dressers are 30″ wide x 24″ deep x 30″ high. Wardrobes are typically 30″ wide x 24″ deep x 73″ high.

Room Furnishings

Individual residence hall rooms vary in size and character depending on the building, but basic furnishings are similar. All rooms are furnished with 80″ beds (this is important to know when purchasing sheets!), bureaus, desks, chairs, wardrobes or closets, and ceiling lights. Within some restrictions, you are encouraged to add personal touches to your room. You will need to bring your own pillows, linens, blankets, towels, and personal items.

Residence Hall Care Package & Linens Program

Residential Life & Dining Services is a proud partner with Our Campus Market (OCM), which serves over 900 campuses nationwide by offering products to help welcome students to campus and to assist with the transition to the university. This partnership helps to raise funds for activities and services for residents living in the halls that are organized by Residential Life student staff and Community Councils.

If you are interested in learning more about OCM or the programs offered, you can visit its website online at, where you can submit and track online orders. Residential Life & Dining Services is committed to making sure your experience on campus and with OCM is a positive one, so if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to any of the customer support resources below, with OCM, our office, or review the Frequently Asked Questions information provided at the bottom of this page.

OCM Customer Support

OCM Customer Support is available by phone (866-847-7365) or chat (visit its website at and scroll to the bottom left side of the page to find the chat icon) during the following dates & times:

  • Monday–Friday (9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. EST)
  • Saturday–Sunday (9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. EST)

You can also reach OCM Customer Support by e-mail at

PSU Campus Customer Support

If you have any issues with OCM Customer Support or have questions about the program or your student retrieving a package, please feel free to message Residential Life & Dining Services,, or by phone 603-535-2260. We do our best to respond within 24 hours during days we are in the office. If you feel you have not received a response within 24 to 48 hours, please make sure to check your e-mail’s spam folder for messages from campus. If you are unable to find any responses, please free feel to send a follow-up e-mail to request more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

I ordered care packages for my student and wondered what is the general timeline of when they all should arrive?

Care package orders can vary from year to year per delivery and based upon when care packages are shipped by OCM and received on campus. Below is a general outline of when we typically will receive each set of packages for students.

  • Fall Welcome Care Packages—Last week of August
  • Halloween Care Packages—Third week of October
  • Out of the Blue Care Packages—Second week of November
  • Fall Finals Care Packages—First week of December
  • Valentine’s Care Packages—First week of February
  • Spring Finals Care Packages—Last week of April
I spoke with my student and believe their care package should have arrived. Why have they not received it?

When care packages are received by our office, we sort each one by the hall they are scheduled to be brought to by our hall staff and cross-referenced with the order sheet that we received directly from OCM. Then packages are collected by hall staff and stored in-hall and an e-mail is generated by the director of residential life & dining services to all recipients. Students will be provided instructions on how to collect the package from the front desk of their residential community. Students will need to connect with their hall staff to come to collect the package.

If by chance, your order was processed after OCM’s deadline, it also means the package will be sent in a second shipment to campus at least one to two weeks following the regular timeline listed above. If for some reason you are still uncertain about the arrival of the package, you can always feel free to contact OCM Customer Support (information listed above) to ask questions about your order or contact our office directly for support.


Residential Life & Dining Services partners with New England Student Services to allow students the opportunity to rent a refrigerator during their time on campus. Students may rent a refrigerator for the school year and New England Student Services will deliver directly to and pick-up directly from their room. With all the other necessities you need to bring to college, you’ll appreciate that you will not have to shop for a refrigerator then squeeze it into the car or rent a trailer. No need to transport a bulky refrigerator when the best appliance for students’ needs can be delivered to the college for you if you choose. Please visit their website for additional information.

Renters Insurance

Per the Residential Life & Dining Services Housing & Dining Lease, the University shall not be liable directly or indirectly for theft, destruction, or loss of money, valuables, or other personal property, belonging to, or in the custody of, the student for any cause whatsoever, regardless of whether such losses occur in the student rooms, storage areas, public areas, hallways, or in the baggage related to shipment or storage. The student is strongly encouraged to carry personal property insurance. Our office supports College Student Renters Insurance through National Student Services, INC. Please visit their website for additional information and details about their program.