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.