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Campus Housing

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: apartments are nice but the dorms are small. it is easy to meet and make friends on your floor

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: On campus housing is average in most of the residence halls here. The rooms are kind of small and there is no air conditioning in most residence halls. Most students choose to live off campus after their freshman year.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: At Penn State New Kensington, I did not have to live on campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Although East Halls are not as conveniently located as the other dorms, the on-campus living at Penn State is still pretty great. The buildings are all spread out, there is always something to do, and people are generally nice. If you have the option to go into somewhere other than East Halls I would say go for it. The other dorms are much closer to classes and it's nice to not be surrounded by freshmen 24/7.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Living on campus is beneficial because the dorms are close to the educational buildings. Personally, I live in East Halls which is right next to one of the larger gyms. I am also very close to the football, softball, and soccer fields. Attending any sports event is very convenient for me. I also like living on campus because I am surrounded by other students that are taking the same classes as me. The social aspect of the dorms is great because I can simply walk to the door next to me and be with friends. One of the less beneficial aspects of campus housing is that I do not have a kitchen. Therefore, I have to eat the food served by the school. This food is not always great and I do not always like what they have to serve. The dorms do however provide a refrigerator and microwave for us. This is convenient to store refreshments and snacks if I want.

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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?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
13,631
Average Housing Costs
$5,190
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
37%
Number of Dormitories
5
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
3
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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