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Campus Housing

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Better to live off campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: It depends on which building you live in. Cedar is the best.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Live off campus, but from what I hear dorms aren't too bad if you live in spruce or cedar.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: They need to be more clean and RA's need to care more about their job.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: Off campus housing next semester

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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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