Campus & Community Resources


The primary onboarding of postdoctoral scholars and fellows will be led by departments.  This page will be continually updated with supplemental information.

  1. Check out rental housing options (,, craigslist), Penn State's off-campus housing site, and/or home ownership programs.  (Student Affairs also has detailed information on tenant rights if that's helpful.)
  2. Get a PA driver's license.
  3. Acquaint yourself with the local bus schedule and the RIDEpass mass transit program.
  4. Get a Penn State ID.
  5. Check out the National Postdoc Association Survival Guide.
  6. Explore child care options if that applies:,
  7. Find research at Penn State and explore that research on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
  8. Consider joining an Employee Resource Group.
  9. Check out the Penn State Postdoctoral Society (university wide, governed by postdocs) and Postdocs of EMS (an exellent model of postdoctoral self-organization within a college).
  10. Start planning your PA bucket list!