North Housing Area
North Housing Area is located on the northern edge of campus, along Park Avenue, and is the smallest housing complex on campus with about 1,270 students living in the area. Approximately 750 spaces are reserved for first-year students. Suite-style buildings were renovated in the early 2000s, transforming traditional residence halls to suites. Robinson Hall opened fall 2017, and is an upgraded version of traditional residence halls.
Beam Hall, built in 1959 and renovated 2009, was named after Adam Leland Beam. Beam was a Penn State Faculty Member (1916-1954), and a Professor Emeritus of Dairy Production in 1954. Beam was the Head of Dairy Husbandry, and an Assistant Director of Resident Instruction and Short Courses in Agriculture and Home Economics (1951-1954).
Holmes Hall, built in 1959 and renovated in 2006, was named after Dr. Arthur Holmes. Holmes was the Dean of Faculty (1912-1919), a promoter of Student Government (1912-1919), and Acting Dean of Liberal Arts (1914-1915). Although Beam did not officially have the title, he was also Dean of the Students.
Leete Hall, built in 1959 and renovated 2005, was named after Dr. John Hopkins Leete. Leete was a Penn State Faculty Member (1895-1906), a Math Professor, Secretary of Faculty, Registrar (1895-1906). Leete was also the first Dean of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Institute of Technology. He also served as the Director of the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh. Leete and Fred Lewis Pattee were founders of the Penn State Thespians (1897-1898).
Runkle Hall, built in 1959 and renovated in 2007, was named after Erwin W. Runkle. Runkle was an Instructor in Philosophy and Ethics (1893) at Penn State. He was also Librarian (1904-1924) and was the Head of the new Department of Philosophy (1924-1935). Leete was the first University Historian, and compiled a history of Penn State from its founding to 1932. Runkle had 42 years of service to Penn State (1893-1935).
Robinson Hall, built in 2017.
Learn more about North Housing Area buildings!
Room Types available in suite-style buildings:
- 1 bedroom/1 person suite
- 2 bedroom/2 person suite
- 2 bedroom/4 person suite
- supplemental, suite
New/Renovated Residence Halls
Room Types available in new/renovated residence hall:
- double, renovated
- triple, renovated
- supplemental, renovated
General North Housing Area Information
- Warnock Commons is conveniently located in North Housing Area, which offers students these amenities:
- Warnock Commons Desk
- North Food District offers several options, including the all-you-care-to-eat dining commons and BlueSpoon Deli, which offers a la carte breakfasts, fresh sandwiches, salads, pizza, subs, specialty items, and an evening snack bar.
- Computer lab
- Cultural lounge
- North Halls Residence Association
- Within a short walking distance are The Palmer Museum of Art and The Playhouse Theatre are adjacent to the area, and University Libraries, and Eisenhower Chapel
Special Living Options offered in North Housing Area
- Arts and Architecture (A&A)
- Business and Society House (BASH)
- Earth House
- LionLaunch Pad