The town of State College has been fairly judged as a party town. The town's population and activity level rises and falls with the academic calendar. During the day, downtown State College is a decent shopping ground for any 15-25-year-old. The area surrounding State College is almost always undergoing development, with new shopping plazas, restaurants, and movie theaters being added every year. This part of town is more accessible if you have a car, though there is a public transportation system if you're willing to keep to its erratic schedule.
At night, the stores close and the bars open. It's easy to find a party, but if you don't want to drink or party you may be left out in the cold. Remember, if you choose to live here, that State College is the only sizable town for over a hundred miles. Other universities are only present during athletic competitions. A good season for the Nittany Lion's football team makes for a happy populace.