Price, Parking and Groceries: Why Some Students Prefer Living on North Atherton Over Downtown
North of campus is attracting students because it’s quiet, spacious, dog-friendly and not downtown
North of Penn State is quickly becoming an attractive alternative to downtown State College for students.
With luxury buildings downtown asking more than $1,000 per bedroom, students can often pay half the price for a similar space on North Atherton.
“I just can’t justify living downtown right now,” Fangcao Xu, a Penn State Geography student, said. “My roommates and I have a really nice apartment and it’s pretty cheap.”
“I just can’t justify living downtown right now. My roommates and I have a really nice apartment and it’s pretty cheap.”
At Park Crest Terrace a three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment is $1,285 or just $429 per person. A two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment is $1,120 or just $560 per person.
The second most popular reason students choose to live on North Atherton is parking. Parking is free at many of the apartment complexes north of campus while a space downtown can cost an additional $90 per month.
For students who work, the combination of cheaper rent and free parking is ideal. Active students also love that they can have access to their car any time they want to get out of town to premiere hiking and mountain biking in the area.
“I like to get out to the woods every weekend so I use my car a lot,” Susan Safer, a professional, said. “The price to have a car downtown is ridiculous.”
For students who enjoy cooking and chilling out on the weekend, North Atherton offers easy access to grocery stores. At places like Park Crest Terrace, students walk to Giant and Wise or take a quick two-min drive to Walmart and Wegmans.
“I feel freer here than I would downtown,” Kegan Styles, an arts and architecture student, said. “I’m not into the party scene so it’s great here. It’s not as crazy, I have lots of room, a nice kitchen and can have my dog here. It’s perfect for me.”
“I feel freer here than I would downtown. I’m not into the party scene so it’s great here. It’s not as crazy, I have lots of room, a nice kitchen and can have my dog here. It’s perfect for me.”
Engineering student Nathan Cren said the biggest question he’s asked when friends find out where he lives is about the commute.
“I can ride my bike to campus in like 15 mins. It’s fun and a great way to stay healthy. The bus is also super easy,” he said. “It’s tough when I have an early class or when the weather is bad but that’s the case no matter where I live.”
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