As an incoming student, one of the biggest concerns is housing. It is the first time many students will be living on their own in a new place. Luckily, Penn State has a ton of great housing options to make you feel right at home!
East – This is a very popular option among first-year students as it is the only part of campus completely occupied by first-year students. East offers a traditional living experience with double dorms and communal bathrooms located on each floor. The dining commons were recently updated, and now boast a new salad bar, deli, and sushi place! Many first-year students prefer the atmosphere of east and comfort of living among their peers. East is located near Beaver Stadium and the BJC – perfect for football games, concerts, and THON.
West – West is filled with brick buildings and boasts a traditional collegiate feel. West is conveniently located near many classroom buildings, the library and Rec Hall (gym). West dorms are traditional style. Many claim that West dining commons bake the best cookies on campus!
Pollock – Pollock is another popular option among first and second year students. Pollock is conveniently located near the White Building (gym), many classroom buildings, and is not far from downtown. Pollock has a very good dining commons and computer lab. Within Pollock Commons is The Mix which is an extremely popular to-go restaurant!
South – Much of South has been recently renovated. South dining commons offer a lot of different options from sushi to Italian. South is popular due to its close proximity to downtown amenities, such as shopping and restaurants. South also houses all sororities. While it is not common for many first-year students to live in South during the regular academic year, many students are housed in South during the summer session.
Nittany Apartments – Nittany Apartments give students the ability to live in an apartment while on campus. Each apartment has its own bathroom and kitchen. Nittany apartments are typically reserved for upperclassmen and athletes.
Eastview Terrace – Do you need your own space? Eastview Terrace is the perfect option for you! Eastview Terrace is filled with single dorms. All of the dorms are comprised of a bed, dresser, desk, and private bathroom. Every floor also has a common area and study space!
North – North is another area of campus conveniently located near many classroom buildings, such as the Business building. North is suite style which many students prefer. All of the suites have their own bathroom, which are cleaned by housing. Another perk of North is that the suites are air conditioned – perfect on those August nights!
No matter where you choose to live remember that you will always be surrounded by tons of Penn State students, and have access to RAs who are always willing to help!