Residential Life


Living off-campus in a MILE property or landlord own property is a privilege at Muhlenberg College and should be treated with a great deal of responsibility. It is also a great opportunity to live independently, learn skills such as cooking or hone skills you already have, work with a budget to take care of rent and utilities, and interact with your land lord and neighbors.

Included is information that will help you navigate some of those responsibilities while living in the neighborhood. If you have questions about any of this information, please contact Kate Shelley, Associate Director Housing Services, at (484)-664-3180.



Trash collection nights are Mondays and Thursdays.

Trash must be set out between 5 pm and 10 pm.

Trash containers must be retrieved from the curb within 12 hours after collection.

Trash and recycling containers may not be stored in front of a property or on the front porch.



Recycling collection night is Thursday.

Recycling must be set out between 5 pm and 10 pm.

As of June 2016, the City of Allentown went to a co-mingled system. You can use either the green bin or blue bin for your recyclable items. Here are the types of items to recycle: glass, plastic (marked #1-#7), aluminum cans and foil, cartons and drink boxes (remove straws and plastic screw-top cap), metal pots, pans and small appliances, paper, books, cardboard, paperboard (cereal, cracker boxes), mail and magazines, newspapers and inserts.

Hazardous waste, TVs, electronics, computers, batteries, liquid paint, tires and auto parts with fluids may not be set on the curb for City collection. Call610-437-8729 for disposal information.

No plastic bags of any kind. Plastic grocery bags can be recycled at most grocery stores.

For more information on trash and recycling, please use this link.



Please be considerate of neighbors.

Do not take two spaces with one car.

If you are having a party, please encourage your guests to park in areas where there is plenty of parking availability (ex: campus provided lots, nearby streets that regularly have space, etc.)



Notice signs posted on all streets. Do not park on the side of the street during the designated times to be cleaned  or you will get a $20.00 parking ticket (2nd offense  in 30 day period, $30.00).



Be aware of what are your maintenance responsibilities as dictated by your lease.

Keep your property clean of debris. Sweep leaves, dirt regularly. Do not let papers or trash collect on your property.

Shovel walks in a timely fashion. City ordinance requires that sidewalks be cleared ten hours after the end of a snowfall.



There is a 24-hour noise ordinance in the City of Allentown. It is too loud if noise can be heard by neighbors. (refer to the attached copies of the City and College policies)

Be considerate, especially at night.

Remind guests when leaving your home to keep their voices down.

Keep the line of communication open and let your neighbors know of planned parties.



City of Allentown - Find information about city policies and ordinances and information about area events, parks, etc.

Allentown Chamber of Commerce - Find Information about downtown businesses


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