Penn State news by
Penn State's student blog



Airbnb Stats Already Surpass 2018 Totals For Graduation

If you missed our guide to finding last-minute graduation housing, local Airbnb properties may be your go-to move if you or your family are still scrambling to find a place to stay for graduation.

A variety of local homes with different sizes and proximity to campus all around State College are listed on Airbnb. These increasingly popular options, however, are filling up quickly.

Airbnb totals for May 2-5, 2019 have already surpassed 2018 commencement weekend totals, with just around seven weeks left until graduation. Approximately 1,600 guest arrivals are expected for the weekend so far this year. Last year, State College saw 1,500 guest arrivals for this same weekend. The percentage of renters listed as families more than doubled, with “families” making up eight percent of guests in 2018 and 19 percent so far in 2019.

Guests who have already booked are from a total of 10 countries, 28 states and 238 cities. The top three origin states among them are Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. The top three cities are New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.

Hosts this year are expected to make a total of $365,000 — with the typical host raking in approximately $1,162 for the weekend. The area won’t exactly reach the Airbnb records that were shattered during last fall’s White Out weekend, but guest arrivals and expected profits for homeowners are both more than half of the totals reached last September.

Airbnb spokesperson Liz DeBold Fusco elaborated on the importance of commencement weekend for the State College community, and how rental numbers are only expected to grow given that graduation is still a few weeks out.

“As many loved ones turn to Airbnb to find an affordable place to stay near campus, commencement season is an opening for State College families to earn extra income as they share their home with the collegiate community,” she said. “Even as early as March, local hosts are projected to make $365,000 — and that will only go up as additional bookings are made as we get closer to the big weekend.

“We are proud to help both residents in State College and throughout the Keystone State access this economic opportunity and families celebrate this important milestone”.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Ryen Gailey

Ryen is a senior early childhood education major from "right outside of Philly" - or in exact words, from 23.0 miles outside of Philly. She loves all things Penn State and has been a huge Penn State gal since before she could walk. Send her pictures of puppies, or hate mail at [email protected]

‘These Crazy Little Things I Do Are How I Give Back’: Penn State Alum Creating Artwork For National Audience

From beginnings with Nike to design work with the College Football Playoff, Penn State alum Brian Kappel has made his mark on the creative world since his graduation.

Shaquille O’Neal-Owned ‘Big Chicken’ Restaurant To Open State College Location

No location or opening timeline has been released yet.

Penn State Wrestling Releases 2023-24 Schedule

The schedule is highlighted by a Monday night dual against Rutgers at the Bryce Jordan Center in February.

Follow on Another Platform
Other posts by Ryen

A Letter To Your Teacher On The Last Day Of School: Ryen Gailey’s Senior Column

“Whatever comes next, I just hope it brings me a fraction of the joy I’ve experienced in the last four years. After all, life is better off with a smile when you’re dancing like nobody’s watching.”

Trustee Candidate Barbara Doran Seeks To Help Penn State ‘Soar To New Heights’

Penn State To Host Class Of 2020 Commencement Weekend Events Starting April 29