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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus Housing is not absolutely horrible but past freshman year, I would say move off campus as most upperclassmen choose to do. As a freshman, choose East Halls. Yeah, it is not the most fancy or clean but it is all freshman and the RA's try to make it a nice community feel. Also, when you are going out with your friends it is a pain to have to walk to East Halls to meet your friends if you live elsewhere since East Halls has a bus stop which is great for going out on the cold nights. Also, going to class or the library late at night, you want to be able to take a bus and only West and East have bus stops but West is not freshman at all. As far as dorms go, they are fine. I mean for an 18 year old they are fine and after you never want to go back but I loved my dorm in Pinchot! Such fun memories freshman year!

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It actually depends on where you are living. East may have small dorms, but the atmosphere of living around kids who are all Freshman is actually very helpful for your first year when you're trying to meet people like you. Also, Nittany Apartments is amazing and they have townhouse there. The cost is kinda expensive, in my opinion, and the convenience of some of the dorm halls is very out of the way of most classes so the walk around the large campus can be a nuisance. Still, the experience is definitely worth it.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are TONS of people to meet and you will most definitely make friends. Everyone has pride for the school and is friendly. There is always something to do there.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I am only going into my sophomore year, but I lived in supplemental for my first year and it was interesting to say the least. The room was very big and spacious luckily for us because instead of 8, there were 4 girls in the room. I lived in Porter Hall and it was okay. One elevator was very slow and one was very fast; there was no in between. The housing process for my first year dorm was pretty simple, but for my next year coming up, the process was quite complicated. The fear of not getting a housing contract is very scary. The bathrooms weren't too bad. While the showers could have been bigger, the cleaning staff was very good at keeping the bathrooms clean and supplied. As for the social atmosphere, there are so many things to do and so many people to socialize with. I have no complaints about the social scene. Penn State overall is costly, but it is worth it.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Great way to make friends, stay involved.

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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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