Residence Hall Living
Housing is available for more than 13,000 students, and dining services include residential dining commons, snack bars, and restaurants. Residence halls are conveniently located on the University Park campus in seven areas:
East Halls, the largest residence hall complex on campus, houses many first-year students. It is one of the most active locations on campus. The majority of students in the area share a double room with one roommate. A few sororities occupy space in East Halls.
A computer lab and a branch of the Penn State Bookstore are conveniently located in East Halls to enhance the academic experience. A ResCom (Residential Computing) Office is located in the commons area. And the Business Building is right across the street. It is the largest academic building on campus. Covered walkways lead from the residence halls to Findlay/Johnston Commons. In addition to Findlay Dining Commons, an all-you-care-to-eat operation, several food service facilities are located in East Halls, including Good2Go (a convenience store), Roxy's (á la carte breakfast, lunch, and dinner), Fresh Express (á la carte lunch and dinner), and The Big Onion (a pizza and sub shop). Within a short walking distance are the Bryce Jordan Center, Beaver Stadium, intramural fields, the Ag Arena, McCoy Natatorium, and the Intramural Building. Penn State's Olympic-size swimming pools are nearby, as well as a marked bike route that begins near East Halls and extends throughout the rolling Pennsylvania countryside.
North Halls is the smallest living complex on campus, accommodating about 600 residents, and is the only area that offers all-coed living. Students must belong to a Special Living Option to live in North Halls. Beam, Holmes, Leete, and Runkle Halls accommodate students in two- and four-person suites. Suitemates share a private bath.
Northside is conveniently located in the North Halls residence area in Warnock Commons and features all-you-care-to-eat entrées, salad bar, and desserts. A ResCom (Residential Computing) Office is located in the commons area. The Palmer Museum of Art and the Playhouse Theatre are adjacent to the area. Penn State museums, Berkey Creamery, the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, and Eisenhower Chapel are also nearby.
Special Living Options include: Arts and Architecture, Business and Society, and Earth House.
Pollock Halls is the third-largest residence area on campus. Special features include the Pollock Laptop Library, a computer lab, The Mix (a venue featuring a grill area, a convenience store, and a coffee bar), and Pollock Dining Commons. A ResCom (Residential Computing) Office is located in the commons building. Pollock has male, female, and coed residence halls, several of which are reserved exclusively for first-year students. Most students share a double room with one roommate.
Area residents are within a block or two of swimming pools, tennis courts, the varsity track and field facility, Greenberg Indoor Sports Complex (ice skating rink), Eisenhower Auditorium, and HUB-Robeson Center.
South Halls is flanked by the Penn State campus on its northwestern side and downtown State College on the other. Redifer Commons is home to Southside Buffet (an all-you-care-to-eat dining commons) and South Food District at Redifer, a food court with seven á la carte dining venues. A 24-hour computer lab and indoor walkways distinguish South Halls from other areas. A ResCom (Residential Computing) Office is located in the commons area. South Halls has male, female, and coed residence halls, several of which are reserved exclusively for first-year students. Most students share a double room with one roommate. A few sororities and the LIFE House occupy space in South Halls. Most spaces in Atherton and Simmons Halls are reserved for Schreyer Honors College students. Just a short distance from South Halls are the Penn State Bookstore, HUB-Robeson Center, and White Building, offering swimming, aerobics, and basketball.
With Pattee Library and Paterno Library to the east and the Recreation Building (Rec Hall) to the west, West Halls residents are within a short walking distance of many of Penn State's learning and sports facilities. Waring Commons is home to a computer lab, a classroom, Waring Square food court, and a study lounge. Also located in Waring Commons is The West Wing (á la carte sandwiches, subs, salads, sushi, and desserts), Sisu, an all natural and organic coffee bar and a convenience store, an electronics lounge (complete with overstuffed couches and chairs, Internet and gaming stations, a TV, and study tables), and an outdoor patio/cafe. A ResCom (Residential Computing) Office is located in the commons area.
In addition, the famous Nittany Lion Shrine is in a wooded area within view of the halls. Otto's Cafe, located in Kern Graduate Building, is within a block.
The West Halls area was constructed in a traditional collegiate residence style. Brick buildings open onto a quad with symmetrical walkways and arches that lead to the heart of campus. Room accommodations include regular double, small double, and triple rooms.
The Nittany Apartments community houses upperclass students in two- and four-bedroom garden apartments and four-bedroom townhouse apartments. Nittany Hall houses upperclass students of the same gender in two-bedroom suites—four students per suite.
Residents of Nittany Apartments are within two blocks of McCoy Natatorium (swimming pools), tennis courts, the varsity track and field facility, Greenberg Indoor Sports Complex (ice-skating rink), Eisenhower Auditorium, and HUB-Robeson Center. Pollock Commons, which features The Mix (a snack bar and coffee shop) and Pollock Dining Commons, is also just a block away.
The Campus Meal Plan is optional for Nittany Apartments residents. Students who opt for a meal plan can choose one that suits their needs. Students who choose to live in a Nittany Hall suite must have a meal plan.Located on the corner of Bigler and Pollock Roads, the Nittany Community Center has an information desk, an administrative office, a game room, a TV room, and University laundry facilities. Washers and dryers are provided for residents' use only. A ResCom (Residential Computing) Office is located in nearby Pollock Commons and is staffed by students who are experienced in assisting with various computer issues.
Eastview Terrace houses 806 upperclass students in seven residence halls. Each student has a single room with a private bath, and each floor is clustered into houses made up of 8 to 22 student rooms. A study/social space and laundry facilities are located in each house. Students can choose to live in either a single-gender or coed house. Dining facilities and mail service are available in nearby Redifer Commons, which features South Food District (a food court with a coffee shop, a deli, and other eateries). All Eastview Terrace residents enjoy the benefits of the Campus Meal Plan.
Brill Hall, located off McKean Road, houses administrative offices and the Eastview Terrace Commons Desk. A Residential Computing (ResCom) Office is located in Redifer Commons.
Eastview Terrace is just a short distance from the Bryce Jordan Center, Beaver Stadium, McCoy Natatorium (swimming pools), tennis courts, the varsity track and field facility, Greenberg Indoor Sports Complex (ice-skating rink), Eisenhower Auditorium, and HUB-Robeson Center. CATA bus stops are also nearby.
For further information about University Park Housing, Food Services, and Residence Life, visit our website at www.housing.psu.edu or contact the Assignment Office for Campus Residences, 201 Johnston Commons, University Park, PA 16802, at 814-865-7501.