Campus Housing

Location
Undergrads
3,660
Tuition (in-state)
$21,302 ($14,240)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
Branch Campus Of
Penn State
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College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live at home, off-campus. I've never seen one of the campus dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus has been an interesting experience. It's close to the classes, and to the dining hall, which makes everything much more accessible. But there are still a lot of people who chose to party, than sleep, and the walls aren't exactly soundproof. So I end up hearing more than I want to/need too. It's disruptive to studying. And I'm not a super social person - so the whole common room/study room thing, really isn't my scene. I'd prefer to work in my room, I just don't want to have to listen to other people.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Always clean and very convenient!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are four halls on campus. Oak and Maple are the stereotypical dorms with doubles that you share with one roommate and have communal bathrooms. If you are a girl you only live around girls and vice versa for boys. They have no air conditioning and are very small. However, it's a great way to make friends because everyone is so close, which is good because those are freshman only dorms. The other two dorms are Spruce and Cedar which are suites that hold upperclassmen and freshmen. They have private bathrooms, air conditioning, and are a little more spacious. Apply early for a housing contract because they fill up quickly and there is certainly not enough housing for everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are a little small, but they are like the rest of other colleges.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 888th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 960th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 976th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1239th
    Most Spacious Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bridgetta Parker
Hometown
Dumfries, Va.
Major
English
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The dorm life at Penn State Altoona is very enticing. Living on campus is convenient—all the dorms are located within a five- to eight-minute walk to all of the classroom buildings. Oak Hall, a freshman-only dorm, is the closest to everything—this is extra nice because it allows freshmen to adjust to campus without getting lost trekking to the edges of campus searching for where they need to go. Another positive to dorm living is the friends you’ll make. Many students meet some of their best friends for life in the dorms because they happened to be placed in the right room at the right time. Of course, the opposite can also happen, because just like in any situation, there are people you may not get along with. But, if these differences become unbearable to live with, a room re-assignment will be made for one of the residents.

All the dorms—Cedar, Oak, Maple, and Spruce—are kept clean and are equipped with microwaves and refrigerators. The rooms may not be as spacious as most would like them to be, but they suffice. It’s not really a big deal since most students only sleep in their rooms, opting to study in the Slep Student Center. Unfortunately, not all of the dormitories have air-conditioning, and this especially affects Oak Hall—it is the smallest hall in terms of space, so the temperatures can rise very quickly in this dorm.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
901
Average Housing Costs
$5,190
Types of Housing Offered
  • Coed dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
Undergrads Living On Campus
22%
Number of Dormitories
4
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
0
Best Freshman Dorms
Maple Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Cedar Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
Oak Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Spruce Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Cable hookup
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Internet connection
  • Lamp
  • Microwave/refrigerator (one per room)
  • Wastebasket
  • Window treatments
Also Available
LIFE (Living in a Free Environment) is a special section of Spruce Hall for students who have vowed to abstain from drinking, tobacco, and all other types of bodily or mentally influential substances. People who for this option get half off of their room and board.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Cedar Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Computer lab, courtyard, laundry facilities, lounge, vending machines
Maple Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Computer lab, laundry facilities, game and study lounges, vending machines
Oak Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Computer lab, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Spruce Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Computer lab, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines

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  • Appropriate level of rule enforcement
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