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.  

Learn more about West Housing Area!  View building floor diagrams, room furnishing dimensions, and room digrams and photos. There are a few triple and quads offered in West Housing, but only information for regular doubles and singles is currently available.


Waring Commons offers students a computer lab, commons desk, a classroom, cultural lounge, and West Halls Residence Association. Hungry students can visit the West Food District, which offers the Waring Square food court and the West Wing (a la carte sandwiches, subs, salads, sushi, and desserts). Also located in Waring Commons is the organic and all-natural Sisu Store and Coffee Bar.   

West Halls features several Special Living Options:

  • Ally House
  • E-House: Engineering
  • EMS: Earth and Mineral Sciences
  • IST: Information Sciences and Technology  

Break Access/Holiday Housing is offered in Hamilton Hall.