Campus Housing

University Park, PA
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$28,746 ($16,444)
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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The campus housing is extremely nice and it is currently being updated, making it even better. I definitely enjoyed my time living in the dorms although the rooms are not particularly big, they are big enough.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing can vary alot. If you live in the freshman dorms then the space factor is pretty bad but the atmosphere more than makes up for it. Apartments are a little on the expensive side near campus, but you do get many perks such as being able to throw parties if you register them. Alternatively, if you're willing to live a few miles away from campus prices plummet but at the cost of living in the middle of nowhere.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It depends where you live on campus. Freshmen year you'll probably live in East which are the worst dorms, but they get so much as you move on.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: the housing system is pretty good

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It truly depends on what part of campus you choose to live on. The newer dorms are all very nice though all of the dorms seem to be quite tiny.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 35th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 198th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 1029th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1366th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

James Bunting
Whitehall, PA
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East Halls is not pretty to look at or live in. It has the worst food and the smallest living quarters. But the best part is that thousands of other freshmen are doing the exact same thing you are. Everyone is making the 20-minute trek to class and eating the same cafeteria food. It is the best way to meet other people and make the best out of the situation. West Halls is widely considered the best living are on campus because of its food and proximity to classes. Pollock and South Halls usually feature a nice mix of freshmen, upperclassmen, sororities, and other groups that stick together.

Penn State’s campus housing meets the needs of the student body. Many students agree that off-campus housing is the most desirable option. If you plan to make the most out of dorm life, however, upperclassmen have access to the nicest living facilities available.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Campus Housing Capacity
Average Housing Costs
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Undergrads Living On Campus
Number of Dormitories
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
Best Dorms
West Halls
Worst Dorms
East Halls
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Bulletin board
  • Cable TV jack (cables not included)
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • MicroFridge
Did You Know?
  • Complimentary copies of The New York Times, USA Today, Centre Daily Times, and The Daily Collegian are available for all residents every weekday in your dorm building's lobby.
  • East Halls has a basketball court, beach volleyball court, and numerous tennis courts around its perimeter.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

East Halls (Halls: Bigler, Brumbaugh, Curtin, Geary, Hastings, McKean, Packer, Pennypacker, Pinchot, Snyder, Sproul, Stone, Stuart, Tener)
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Residents: Primarily freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Bike storage, cable and internet access, common areas, laundry, refrigerator/freezer/microwave unit, newspapers, telephone service. Special Living Options: FISE (First-Year in Science and Engineering), LIFE (Living in a Free Environment)
North Halls (Halls: Beam, Holmes, Leete, Runkle)
Bathrooms: Shared by suites
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen)
Room Types: Two- and four-person suites
Special Features: Only area to offer all coed living, basketball courts, computer lab, game room, Palmer Art Museum, the Playhouse Theatre, tennis courts, volleyball net. Special Living Options: AA (Arts and Architecture), BASH (Business and Society), Discover House, Earth House
Pollock Halls (Halls: Beaver, Hartranft, Hiester, Mifflin, Porter, Ritner, Schulze, Shunk, Wolf)
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Computer lab, Eisenhower Auditorium,Greenberg Indoor Sports Complex, the Mix, Pollock Laptop Library, Women's Health Clinic. Special Living Options: EASI (Engineering and Applied Sciences), HEAL (Health Education and Awareness in Living), HAC (Helping Across the Community), ILH (International Languages), IST (Information Sciences and Technology), MLK (Martin Luther King, Jr. House for Social Justice), WISE (Women in Science and Engineering)
South Halls (Halls: Atherton, Cooper, Cross, Ewing, Haller, Hibbs, Hoyt, Lyons, McElwain, Simmons, Stephens)
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Closest to Downtown; computer lab, three dining halls, indoor walkways, Louie's, Schreyer's Honors College. Special Living Options: LIFE (Living in a Free Environment), Living and Learning Environments (Atherton and Simmons)
West Halls (Halls: Hamilton, Irvin, Jordan, McKee, Thompson, Watts)
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Residents: Primarily upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Center of campus, computer lab, electronic (internet and gaming) lounge, food court, outdoor patio and café, Rec Hall, study lounge, West Wing. Special Living Options: EMS (Earth and Mineral Sciences), STS (Science, Technology, and Society)

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Eastview Terrace (Halls: Brill, Curry, Harris, MIller, Nelson, Panofsky, Young)
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes, both single-gender and coed houses
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Close to Bryce Jordan Center, Beaver Stadium, McCoy Natatorium, dining facilities, mail service, residential computing
Nittany Apartments & Suites
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: No
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: 2- and 4-bedroom apartments, 4-bedroom townhouses, suites
Special Features: Optional meal plan, close to McCoy Natatorium, Pollok Commons, tennis courts, track and field facility, Greenberg Indoor Sports Complex, Eisenhower Auditorium
White Course Apartments
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Full-time graduate students
Room Types: One-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments and townhouses
Special Features: Cable and Internet access; children's play area, community gardens, laundry facilities, telephone connection, trash and recycling, utilities

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