Housing and Residence Life

Housing options are available at every Penn State campus giving you a place to live and to learn.

Make yourself at home.

Part of life at Penn State is where you eat, where you sleep, and who you hang out with.

It's what we call "Residence Life." Think of it as one of the aspects of Penn State that turns a campus into a community. Your community.

Each of Penn State's 20 undergraduate campuses--whether they have on-campus housing or not--cultivates that sense of community through spaces on campus where students can meet and mingle.

So, meet the neighbors. Grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat. And make yourself at home. 

Penn State Housing Options

Each Penn State campus has its own housing options. While first-year students at University Park have to live on campus, the other nine campuses that offer on-campus housing do so on a first-come, first-served basis. To determine which campus has the best living environment for you, check out the options below.

Campuses with on-campus housing

On-campus housing includes dormitory-style residence halls and apartment complexes.

Living on campus=Higher GPA? It's not a guarantee, but studies have shown that students who live on campus their first year do better in the classroom right from the start. That's just one of the benefits of living on campus, according to the University Park Housing office.

Campus with privately-owned housing

Privately-owned apartments and housing complexes can be found in every community where a Penn State campus is located.

But the campuses listed below have nearby housing--often just a few steps away from campus--developed specifically for Penn State students.

Dorm Room at Altoona's Campus

Transfer students may request on-campus housing at campuses that offer housing. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additional Housing Information

Living on a campus, and with a roommate, is new to a lot of first-year students. The following resources can help you navigate this exciting change:

As you decide about your living options, you should understand all of the costs related to living on campus. For the latest rate information, visit the Housing and Food Services website.