State College, Pennsylvania

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Young Professionals/Students

Downtown is a good place to start a search for Young Pros looking in State College. It’s small, only houses about 4k people, but it is the cultural and commercial center of the city (technically a borough) so you can’t go wrong here if you want to live a short walk to bars, restaurants, the events centers, work, and the campus of Penn State. Downtown has a number of high-rises for professionals looking to rent in spots with tons of amenities.

Right next door is the Highlands neighborhood. Home to around 10k people the neighborhood is an interesting mix of beautiful old historic homes and a very active downtown social scene where tourists, locals and students mix to give the city its energy. Lots of students live in Highlands so be ready to mix with the kiddos if you choose to live here.

  • Downtown
  • Highlands
  • West End/Urban Village
  • Orchard Park

College Heights


College Heights is a historic district just north of campus that is filled with families, both Penn State faculty and local professionals. The neighborhood is filled with some of the most beautiful homes in the entire city but they come at a price. You get huge homes, elegantly manicured lawns, quiet streets but a short walk to campus so a pretty perfect way to experience a college town if you can find an available home.

Although we listed the Highlands in the young professionals/students section we also want to note how great a spot it is for families as well. Once you fan out a bit from the blocks connecting to downtown you hit big historic homes, large yards, sidewalk-lined streets, parks/playgrounds and great public schools. It also has a strong Civic Association that fosters community activities and manages the relationship with the university.

  • College Heights
  • Highlands
  • Holmes-Foster