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Campus Housing

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living in the dorms was a great experience but there are some comments. The basic resident halls of the campus are good, but not so spacious. There are some dorms that are better and more comfortable, but to get the more exclusive dorms, there are some requirements. For example, to get in other dorms may require additional funds or may have a "upper-classmen" only rule. The social atmosphere is pretty decent. Some halls have student hang-outs such as arcades. The cost of the dorms depend on what dorm students are in.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman Year, I stayed in Perry Hall. I loved my neighbors and my roommate. The room included a mini fridge and a microwave. The bathroom and hallways were cleaned daily, the only thing you had to worry about was cleaning your own room.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Not bad at all, just average dorm life. Could be a lot worse, but at the same time could be a lot better.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing at Behrend is mostly good. The normal residence hall dorms are exactly like every other public college/university dorms. From my understanding there is always a "party" hall every year. Honors dorms are better; they have their own bathroom and computer lab with a printer. The rooms look bigger, but they probably have more space due to the door being on the side and not the middle. I don't know much about the apartments but they have a kitchen and living room. Senat is the best residence hall because of location, also has own bathroom. I know honors dorms have air conditioning and freshman residence halls don't. I don't know about apartments and Senat.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is great for those who do live on campus.

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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
$5,190
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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