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According to the school rules, all undergraduate freshman (Undergraduate Freshman) are bound to live in the school dormitory. This also means the school will ensure that every freshmen has a dorm room.

1) EAST HOUSING AREA

East Hall has the largest number of dorms and the largest Commons. Freshmen need to share a room with another roommate. There is also an outdoor basketball court and a beach volleyball court. It’s a great place for those who love sports and love to make new friends. The drawback is that it’s far away from classes and has small rooms.

East Hall is adjacent to the IM Building (fitness, volleyball, squash, basketball) and the two best tennis courts in the school. As the largest piece of residential school district, a large number of people who enjoy partying are concentrated here, so there will be noise. Quiet students may want to settle in other places.

  • In the center of the East Halls complex is the Findlay/Johnston Commons Building. Findlay/Johnston offers a commons desk, computer lab, a ResCom office, East Halls Residence Hall Association office, and a Cultural Lounge as well as lounges available for programming and studying.
  • Covered walkways lead from the residence halls to Findlay/Johnston Commons. Several food service facilities are located in East Halls.
  • Within a short walking distance are Bryce Jordan Center, Beaver Stadium, intramural fields, and the Ag Arena. Located on the second floor of Johnston, the central office for Residence Life and the Assignment Office are available for students who need assistance.
  • East Halls features the Tri-ROTC, Liberal Arts, and Education Special Living Options

A) Bigler Hall 

Coed on the floor – male and female students are assigned to sections of the floor, with a designated bathroom on the floor for male and female residents. Named after William Bigler, the 12th Governor of Pennsylvania (1852-1855). He created the Clearfield Democrat, a political newspaper, when he was just 19 years old. After his term as governor, he served as a U.S. Senator.

DIMENSIONS OF RESIDENCE HALL FURNISHINGS

Measurements are approximate. The dimensions, furnishings and color of rooms may vary in appearance. Some furnishings are attached to floor or wall. All closets have doors.

Item Length Width Height
Room 15′ 2″ 12′ 5″ 7′ 5″
Bed 76″ 33″ 1′
Desk 2′ 11″ 4′ 4″ 2′ 5″
Refrigerator 1′ 6″ 1′ 7″ 2′ 10″
Closet 2′ 4′ 1″ 7′ 4″
Window 6′ 1″ 4′ 5″

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EXAMPLE OF ROOM

B) Curtin/Geary/Packer Hall

Coed by floor – male or female students are assigned exclusively to each floor, with one bathroom available per floor. 

Curtin Hall – Named after Andrew Curtin, the 15th Governor of Pennsylvania (1861-1867). Hailing from nearby Bellefonte, Curtin led Pennsylvania through the Civil War, signing various bills to finance the Union’s military efforts. After his term in office, President Ulysses S. Grant appointed him as the US Ambassador to Russia in 1869. 

Geary Hall – Named after John Geary, 16th Governor of Pennsylvania (1867-1873). Geary was actually the Governor of two states, serving in Kansas for six months in 1856-1857 and Pennsylvania from 1867-1873. He was PA’s tallest Governor standing at 6’ 5”. Geary also sported an unconventional, but fantastic beard

Packer Hall – Named after William Packer, 14th Governor of Pennsylvania (1858-1861). Although his father died when Packer was seven, he dove right into the newspaper business at the Bellefonte Patriot when he was a teenager. Packer fully supported the establishment of the public school system.

DIMENSIONS OF RESIDENCE HALL FURNISHINGS

Measurements are approximate. The dimensions, furnishings and color of rooms may vary in appearance. Some furnishings are attached to floor or wall. All closets have doors.

Item Length Width Height
Room 15′ 2″ 12′ 5″ 7′ 5″
Bed 76″ 33″ 1′
Desk 2′ 11″ 4′ 4″ 2′ 5″
Refrigerator 1′ 6″ 1′ 7″ 2′ 10″
Closet 2′ 4′ 1″ 7′ 4″
Window 6′ 1″ 4′ 5″

FLOOR PLAN

EXAMPLE OF ROOM

C) Hastings/Snyder/Stone Halls

Hastings, Snyder, Stone, and Stuart Halls are located in the northeastern quad of East Housing Area. McKean and Pennypacker Halls are located in the southeastern area. All buildings are coed and feature “double, traditional” rooms:

  • Hastings and Stone: coed on the floor – male and female students are assigned to sections of the floor, with a designated bathroom on the floor for male and female residents.
  • Snyder is coed by floor – male or female students are assigned exclusively to each floor, with one bathroom available per floor. 
  • McKean, Pennypacker, and Stuart will be offline during the 2017-2018 academic year for renovation work!

DIMENSIONS OF RESIDENCE HALL FURNISHINGS

Measurements are approximate. The dimensions, furnishings and color of rooms may vary in appearance. Some furnishings are attached to floor or wall. All closets have doors.

Item Length Width Height
Room 15′ 2″ 12′ 5″ 7′ 5″
Bed 74″ 33″ 1′
Desk 2′ 10″ 4′ 9″ 2′ 6″
Bolster* 6′ 8″ 9″ 1′ 8″
Refrigerator 1′ 6″ 1′ 7″ 2′ 10″
Closet 2′ 4′ 1″ 7′ 5″
Door 2′ 6″ 7′ 1″
Window 6′ 1″ 4′ 5″
Chairs 1′ 7″ 1′ 6″ 2′ 6″

FLOOR PLAN

EXAMPLE OF ROOM

D) Earle Hall (Opening Fall 2017)

E) McKean, Pennypacker, Stuart (Temporarily Closed)

2) EASTVIEW TERRACE

Eastview Terrace houses more than 800 upperclass students in seven coed 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 facility is located in each house. Several buildings are designated as Break Access/Holiday Housing.

Eastview Terrace residents can dine at either Pollock Dining Commons or South Food District in Redifer. Mail service, check-in/out service, key issues, and temporary id+ cards are offered through the Redifer Commons Desk during the academic year.

Brill Hall, located off McKean Road, houses administrative offices and conference rooms. Eastview Terrace students can also join ENRA – Eastview-Nittany Residence Association.

DIMENSIONS OF RESIDENCE HALL FURNISHINGS

Item Length Width Height
Room – regular 14′ 10′ 8′
Room – large 20′ 15′ 8′
Bed 80″ 36″ 1′
Desk 2′ 6″ 3′ 8″ 2′ 6″
Refrigerator 1′ 6″ 1′ 7″ 2′ 10″
2 Drawer Chest 1′ 8″ 2′ 8″ 1′ 11″
Door 2′ 6″ 7′ 1″
Window 5′ 5′
Chair 1′ 7″ 1′ 7″ 2′ 6″
Wardrobe 2′ 3′ 6′ 6″
Bathroom 5′ 5′ 4″ 8′
Shower 3′ 3″ 3′ 1″ 8′

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3) NORTH HOUSING AREA

North Halls has been described as the best place to stay at the school. The corresponding rent will be more expensive than other places by $500- $700. All rooms in the area are equipped with special living options, which basically help you find like-minded partners to room with. All rooms house four people with a shared bathroom, in addition to a separate small living room, which also includes a sofa and other furniture. Each room has independent air conditioning, which means that you can adjust the temperature as you’d like. North Halls is a short distance from the Business Building and Library, and is a good choice for business students. It’s also near the light basketball court for basketball-loving students. The disadvantage is that the Commons area is very small, the service provided is limited. But it is worth mentioning that the dessert at the cafeteria is a must try.


A) Beam/Holmes/Leete & Runkle

DIMENSIONS OF RESIDENCE HALL FURNISHINGS

Item Length Width Height
Room 15′ 10″ 12′ 3″ 8′
Bed 78″ 36″ 2′ 1″
Desk 2′ 6″ 3′ 6″ 4′ 11″
Chest of Drawers 2′ 2″ 4′ 11″ 7′ 4″
Refrigerator 1′ 6″ 1′ 7″ 2′ 10″
Closet 2′ 4′ 2″ 7′ 4″
Door 3′ 1″ 6′ 11″
Window 4′ 2″ 4′ 8″
Chairs 1′ 7′ 1′ 6″ 2′ 6″

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4) POLLOCK HOUSING AREA

Pollock Hall is the second largest dormitory for freshmen. It is located in the south-central part of the school, very close to many classes and a few minutes’ walk away key locations (Forum, Sparks, Sackett, Kern). It’s only 5 minutes away from the school’s main recreational sports center, the White Building (Gym, Swimming Pool, Basketball). The cafeteria was modernized in 2011. The meals are varied, and the dining environment is excellent, but closes early at night.

Freshmen need to share a room with another roommate. Pollock Hall is near the quieter Pollock Lab which students often learn to use. The shortcomings of this area is that they are some of the oldest houses. The design structure is not as modern and some rooms receive poor ventilation. The summer will be hot but the school provides air conditioning and ventilation equipment. Specific issues can be directed to the Commons desk. Students who like to combine work and study should be interested in this dorm.

DIMENSIONS OF RESIDENCE HALL FURNISHINGS

Item Length Width Height
Room 15′ 2″ 11′ 10″ 7′ 5″
Bed 75″ 35″ 1′
Desk 10′ 11″ 2′ 5″ 2′ 6″
Bolster* 6′ 4″ 9″ 1′ 7″
Refrigerator 1′ 6″ 1′ 7″ 2′ 10″
Closet 4′ 1″ 2′ 5″ 7′ 5″
Door 2′ 2″ 7′ 1″
Window 4′ 3″ 4′ 9″
Chairs 1′ 7′ 1′ 6″ 2′ 6″

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Beaver Hall is designated coed on the floor – both genders are assigned to sections of the floor and each gender has a designated restroom to use on the floor. Ritner, Hartranft, Shulze, Hiester, Shunk, Mifflin, Wolf, and Porter Halls are designated coed by the floor – one gender is assigned to a floor, with genders varying by floor. There is one bathroom per floor.

The Pollock Library building, which offers a computer lab, is also located within the housing area. Pollock Commons Building offers students a cultural lounge, recreational room, commons desk, a Residential Computing (ResCom) office, and the Pollock Halls Residence Association. Students won’t go hungry with the options at Pollock Dining Commons – they can choose from an all-you-care-to-eat dining commons and The Mix – a venue that features a convenience store, a coffee bar, and grill area.

Pollock is just blocks away from McCoy Natatorium (swimming pools), tennis courts, the varsity track and field facility, Eisenhower Auditorium, and HUB-Robeson Center. 

Pollock Halls features several Special Living Options:

  • Biology Home (BIOME)
  • Discover House
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences Interest House (EASI)
  • First-Year in Science and Engineering House (FISE)
  • Forensic Science Interest House (FSI)
  • Health and Human Development House
  • International Languages House (ILH)
  • Leadership and Service
  • Liberal Arts Paterno Fellows House
  • Living in a Free Environment House (LIFE)
  • Millennium Scholars Program
  • Sophomore Year Experience (SYE)
  • Women in Science and Engineering House (WISE)

5) SOUTH HALLS

South Hall is located on the south side of Pollock, close to the city center, where entertainment, shopping, and transportation are convenient. Redifer Commons offers a variety of different dining options, most of which are also served late at night and are a great place to dine. Because South is close to Pollock and the city center, if you get tired of eating on campus there are many different places for new food options.

Also close by is the White Building, a great way to unwind. The shortcomings of this area lies in its geographical location in the south and it is located farther from the teaching facilities. Because it’s close to the city center, the night noise may sometimes become noticeable. In addition, the district is home to a large number of Fraternities and Sororities. These groups will often hang their banners on the window.  

A) Atherton Hall

Atherton Hall is home to the Schreyer Honors College. Close to the city center and the White Building, the ground floor houses the Honors College Office, with only honor college students having the opportunity to stay in these rooms. Roms may be twice as big, but the price is the same. The dorm has its own computer lab, piano room and kitchen. The study room is the school’s famous Zombie Room. At the same time, the honorary college will hold some activities here regularly, and others will have the opportunity to participate. The dorm is close to the city center, near the supermarket, bookstores, bars, restaurants, banks, hair salons, theaters. Life is very convenient, traffic is very convenient, but Thursday to Saturday nights may be a bit noisy.

DIMENSIONS OF RESIDENCE HALL FURNISHINGS

Item Length Width Height
Room 16′ 5″ 12′ 8′
Bed 85″ 39.5″ 4′ (adjustable)
Mattress 80″ 36″ 8″
Desk 3′ 8″ 2′ 6′ 6″
Dresser* 1′ 6″ 1′ 9″ 3′ 8″
Refrigerator 1′ 6″ 1′ 7″ 2′ 10″
Closet 1′ 8″ 4′ 2″ 7′ 6″
Door 2′ 8″ 6′ 7″
Window 4′ 2″ 4′ 10″
Chairs 1′ 7″ 1′ 6″ 2′ 6″

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EXAMPLE OF ROOM

B) Chace Hall

Chace Hall is the new residence hall at University Park, opening in the fall of 2013.

DIMENSIONS OF RESIDENCE HALL FURNISHINGS

Item Length Width Height
Room 16′ 12′ 9’5″*
Bed 85″ 39.5″ 4′
Mattress 80″ 36″ 8″
Desk 3′ 2′ 2’6″
Refrigerator 1’6″ 1’7″ 2’10”
Wardrobe 2′ 3’4″ 6’4″
Door 2’6″ 7’1″
Window 4.5″ or 6″
Chair 1’6″ 1’6″ 2′
Dresser
(2 per student)
1’7″ 2’6″ 1’3″

EXAMPLE OF ROOM

C) Cooper/Cross/Ewing/Haller/Hibbs/Hoyt/Lyons/Stephens Halls

South Housing Area includes four sets of two connected buildings: Cooper and Hoyt Halls, Ewing and Cross Halls, Haller and Lyons Halls, and Hibbs and Stephens Halls.

DIMENSIONS OF RESIDENCE HALL FURNISHINGS

Item Length Width Height
Room 15′ 12′ 7’3″*
Bed 85″ 39.5″ 4’8″ (adjustable)
Mattress 80″ 36″ 8″
Desk 3′ 2′ 2’6″
Refrigerator 1′ 8″ 1’9″ 2′
Wardrobe 2′ 3’4″ 6’4″
Door 2’6″ 7’1″
Window 4’6″ or 6′ 4′
Chair 1’6″ 1’6″ 2′
Dresser
(2 per student)
1’7″ 2’6″ 1′ 3″

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D) McElwain/Simmons Halls

McElwain and Simmons Halls are located in the South Housing Area, close to the HUB-Robeson Center and downtown State College.

The base GPA of an average student here is 3.75. Anything lower and I wouldn’t expect to live here near the Honors College. Most of the residents here are high GPA students who are unwilling to enter honorary faculties. In the summer of 2011, the whole building was modernized and became one of the best dorms in the school. The chance of new students staying in this building is very slim. It is easier to improve one’s GPA, become a sophomore and then apply to stay at Simmons Hall.

DIMENSIONS OF RESIDENCE HALL FURNISHINGS

Item Length Width Height
Room 15′ 10″ 12′ 3″ 8′
Bed 78″ 36″ 2′ 1″
Desk 2′ 6″ 3′ 6″ 4′ 11″
Chest of Drawers 2′ 2″ 4″ 11″ 7′ 4″
Refrigerator 1′ 6″ 1′ 7″ 2′ 10″
Closet 2′ 4′ 2″ 7′ 4″
Door 3′ 1″ 6′ 11″
Window 4′ 2″ 4′ 8″
Chairs 1′ 7′ 1′ 6″ 2′ 6″

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EXAMPLE OF ROOM

6) WEST HOUSING AREA

West Housing Area is located on the north-western side of campus. With Pattee Library and Paterno Library to the east and the Recreation Building (Rec Hall) to the west, the West Housing Area is just a short walk away from many of Penn State’s learning and sports facilities. And our famous Nittany Lion Shrine is in a wooded area within view of the halls! 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.  

A) Hamilton/McKee/Thompson Halls

Hamilton, McKee, and Thompson Halls are all coed, and offer regular double and single rooms. Male and female students are assigned sections of the floor, with a desginated bathroom on the floor for male and female residents.

DIMENSIONS OF RESIDENCE HALL FURNISHINGS

Item Length Width Height
Room- double 16′ 6″ 12′ 6″ 7′ 10″
Room – single 16′ 6″ 9′ 7′ 10″
Bed 80″ 34″ 1′
Desk 2′ 8″ 3′ 8″ 2′ 5″
Refrigerator 1′ 6″ 1′ 7″ 2′ 10″
Closet 1′ 10″ 4′ 7′
Door 2′ 6″ 7′ 1″
Window 4′ 8″ 5′ 2″
Chair 1′ 7″ 1′ 7″ 2′ 6″

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B) Irvin Hall

Irvin Hall was built in 1925. The building is coed by floor, with one gender assigned to a floor and a designated bathroom. The floors vary by gender.

DIMENSIONS OF RESIDENCE HALL FURNISHINGS

Item Length Width Height
Room 18′ 6″ 11′ 9′
Bed 80″ 34″ 1′
Desk 2′ 3′ 9″ 2′ 6″
Refrigerator 1′ 6″ 1′ 7″ 2′ 10″
Closet 3′ 3′ 9″ 8′
Door 2′ 9″ 7′ 1″
Window 2′ 8″ 5′ 7″
Chair 1′ 7″ 1′ 7″ 2′ 6″
Dresser 1′ 8″ 3′ 4′

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C) Jordan Hall

Jordan Hall was built in 1930. The building is coed by floor, with one gender assigned to a floor and a designated bathroom. The floors vary by gender.

DIMENSIONS OF RESIDENCE HALL FURNISHINGS

Item Length Width Height
Room 20′ 11′ 9′ 2″
Bed 80″ 34″ 1′
Desk 2′ 3′ 9″ 2′ 6″
Refrigerator 1′ 6″ 1′ 7″ 2′ 10″
Closet 2′ 2″ 4′ 8″ 8′
Door 2′ 10″ 7′ 1″
Window 2′ 9″ 4′ 9″
Chair 1′ 7″ 1′ 7″ 2′ 6″
Dresser 1′ 8″ 3′ 4′

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D) Watts Hall

Watts Hall was built in 1923. THe building is coed, with male and female students assigned to sections of the floor, with a a designated bathroom on the floor for male and female residents.

Item Length Width Height
Room 24′ 12′ 7′ 6″
Bed 80″ 34″ 1′
Desk 2′ 3′ 9″ 2′ 6″
Refrigerator 1′ 6″ 1′ 7″ 2′ 10″
Wardrobe 2′ 3′ 6′ 8″
Door 2′ 9″ 7′ 1″
Window 3′ 1″ 5′
Chair 1′ 7″ 1′ 7″ 2′ 6″
Dresser 1′ 8″ 3′ 4′

FLOOR PLAN


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