Campus Housing

Location
Erie, PA
Undergrads
3,723
Tuition (in-state)
$20,794 ($13,900)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
Branch Campus Of
Penn State
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Its mostly a rip off. I would rather live off campus. The meal plan is where they get you the most.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It is extremely nice to live on campus when going to college. Living on campus makes it easy to get to your class and then back to your dorm to study and do homework in between classes. Being able to walk to the cafeteria to eat your meals in between classes makes it very convenient.

The dorms at my college have very clean and spacious rooms. There are laundry facilities on all the floors, making it much easier in snowy weather to do your laundry. The dorm halls all have a special connection, with many acitivities like meet and great for new students.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Nothing too impressive. Better options are available off campus. On Campus housing is ludicrously expensive.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love my dorm and its' location to the campus and my activities. I love the dorm life, I live in one of the suites. It is a little costly but worth it.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Its a dry campus, but for some reason alot the RAs are SUPER stuck up.I lived in Niagra my freshman year and loved it. Its not as nice as say Senat, but you get to know people alot better.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 700th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 887th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 1107th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1111st
    Most Spacious Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alexandra Johnston
Hometown
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Major
Biology
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Most students agree that housing at Behrend is much nicer than it is at most other universities. Of the freshman dorms—Senat, Lawrence, Perry, and Niagara—Senat is by far the nicest and newest, but students must apply early and join a Freshmen Interest Group (FIG), which is definitely worth it. Senat offers suite-style living, and each suite has its own bathroom and shower, which is a big plus. Lawrence, Perry, and Niagara are all about the same. They are nice for freshman dorms but are not air-conditioned, have communal bathrooms and showers, and offer typical dorm-style living. Perry is next to Senat, and they both are in great locations on campus. Almy is the honors dorm, which is away from the hustle and bustle of central campus. It is a beautiful building that also offers suite-style living (each suite has own bathroom and study room), but it has the "honors" atmosphere, so it is not for everyone. Sophomore living is all suite-style and very nice. Porcupine, Tigress, and Tiffany offer suites with four rooms (two people in each) and two separate bathrooms with separate sinks. All three are in good locations on campus. Ohio Hall is also suite-style but offers suites for four people or single room options. It is very nice and has the atmosphere of a hotel. It is slightly more expensive than the other suites and is the farthest from central campus. The apartments were recently re-carpeted and furnished, and they are for juniors and seniors only.

There really are no terrible dorms on campus, but freshmen should try to get into Senat. Students who like a quiet environment should try to live in Almy because it's one of the nicest buildings on campus. Students who cannot get into either of these should probably opt to live in Perry because of its location, and Lawrence is not far from many of the buildings. Niagara is probably the worst option due to its location. The best advice for new students is to sign up as early as possible for housing because there is an extreme shortage. Students have actually been placed in nearby hotels because of this. Even upperclassmen know that housing is no guarantee.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,651
Average Housing Costs
$4,910
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Men's dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
No
Undergrads Living On Campus
39%
Number of Dormitories
9
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Almy Hall (honors housing)
  • Senat Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Behrend Apartments
  • Ohio Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
Niagara Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Cable TV connection
  • Carpeting
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Desk lamp
  • Dresser
  • Internet access
  • Microwave/refrigerator unit
  • Wastebasket
  • Window blinds

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Almy Hall
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-person suites of two doubles
Special Features: Honors housing
Lawrence Hall
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Niagara Hall
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Ohio Hall
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-person suites of either two doubles or four singles
Perry Hall
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Porcupine Hall
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Two per suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Eight-person suites
Senat Hall
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Two- and four-person suites
Special Features: Housing for students in Freshman Interest Group, by invitation only.
Tiffany Hall
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Two per suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Eight-person suites
Tigress Hall
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Two per suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Eight-person suites
Special Features: Laundry facility in basement

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Behrend Apartments
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: One per unit
Coed: Yes; single-gender by unit
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-person units with two doubles
Special Features: Complex has nine buildings and laundry facilities in Packet and Yarnall. Each unit has full kitchen and living room

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