When you start out just walking around by yourself, Penn State University’s main campus(University Park) is definitely identified as a huge and lonely place. However, if you know the right spots to go then you will never tend to think of it in that way at all. First, go to your dorm or apartment, and get to know your roomate. This way, you’ll have someone with you to go to all of these hot spots. If not, its no big deal because you will always meet new people when you go out.
The Best Places to Eat and Drink around Penn State University’s Main Campus
There are many different pubs, bars, and restaurants to go to right near the main campus. One that you must go to first is the Allen Street Grill! It is located at 100 West College Avenue in State College, Pennsylvania. Their menu includes everything from a grilled salmon bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich, to soups, salads, and the best burgers in town! They also serve fresh paninis, pastas, steaks, some seafood, and dessert! It is kind of in the expensive range though. Dishes are sold from as low as $7 to as high as $27. This is definitely a great spot extremely close to campus, to relax and enjoy a nice dinner. Another spot you must go to for dinner is CC Peppers! They are located at 434 East College Avenue in State College, Pennsylvania. They are inexpensive, and cost as much as Subway. They have the best cheesesteaks around! You can chose from either 9″ or 14″. They also make cold subs.
The Best Places to Meet New People
You can meet new people everywhere. However, you’ll be surprised at the best places to meet your classmates. The bus is actually one. The bus rides everywhere around campus. People will start to look familiar to you. Once you see someone that you’ve recognized before you can hit them with the line, “Hey don’t I know you from somewhere?”. This will strike up a conversation and you will make an instant friend. Another place you can meet new people is the library. Figure out what your favorite subject is and go look it up at the library. Penn State’s main campus has a few different library locations including Paterno Library and Pattee Library. The other locations you can look up on their website www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/liblocations.html.
Places to Avoid
For starters, definitely avoid Starbucks unless you have some free time. If it is time for school work then you need to avoid it. Starbucks is very busy starting at eight in the morning until the time that they close. I know from personal experience, trying to work on a project in there on my laptop. That never worked out! It gets very noisy. People rush from table to table. Just stop here if you want your favorite coffee. Never stop here if you have work that needs to get done! You can also stop in if you have a laptop and just want to leisurely browse the internet, because they have free wifi spots inside! Another place you need to avoid is the central area on campus. This area gets to be extremely overcrowded. Students also tend to get rowdy in that area.
Follow these guidelines and you will do great going to school at Penn State University’s main campus! You will never be alone, and eventually find amazing company along the way.