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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: A great experience for anyone entering college. I love everything about my dorm.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman year I was in Mifflin an it was a horrible experience. I am now in Eastview Terrace and it is greathe. Expensive, but worth the sanity.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: As an introvert I really had a difficult time making friends in my dormitory. I expected there to be more socials and opportunities hosted by my RA.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus isn't as bad as many people lead college to really being. You make tons of friends, its on campus, and you have easy access to study spaces that people living off campus don't have. (Pro Tip: many dorm basements have study rooms, take advantage)

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing has some benefits such as being close to classes with some dorms being closer than others. The older dorms such as east, west, pollock, and old south are not the greatest considering that there is no air conditioning and shared bathrooms as well as older furniture. New south, the renovated dorms, are all brand new and have air conditioning, individual bathrooms, and even study rooms/kitchens on each floor unlike the other dorms. As a freshman on campus the social atmosphere in the dorms is very welcoming as everyone is looking to make friends. As a sophomore who lived on campus there was not nearly as much communication or interaction with the others ho lived on my floor. The housing process was relatively easy and hassle free.


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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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