South Housing Area
South Housing Area is located in the southeastern area of campus, along East College Avenue and downtown State College. With over 3,200 spaces available, South Housing Area offers housing options for both first-year students and upper-class students. Limited space for approximately 890 first-year students are available in McElwain, Atherton, and Simmons Halls. The majority of space in Atherton and Simmons Halls is reserved for students who are a member of the Schreyer Honors College program. Renovated residence halls are reserved for upper-class students only. Sorority Chapters are housed in Cooper, Cross, Ewing, Haller, Hoyt, and Lyons Halls, McElwain Hall is a designated Break Access/Holiday Housing building. Supplemental housing is offered in McElwain, Simmons, Cross, Haller, and Hoyt Halls.
Learn more about South Housing buildings!
Traditional Residence Hall Information
Room Types available in Traditional Residence Halls (some room types may not be available in every building):
- double, traditional
- double with bath, traditional
- single, traditional
- single with bath, traditional
- triple, traditional
- triple with bath, traditional
- supplemental, traditional (McElwain and Simmons)
View Room and Board Rates. There are a few "unique" rooms that are not identified on the room rate page.
New/Renovated Residence Hall Information
Room Types available in New/Renovated Residence Halls:
- double, renovated
- single, renovated (limited)
- supplemental, renovated (Cross, Haller, Hoyt)
General South Housing Area Information
- Redifer Commons offers students these amenities:
- Computer lab
- Cultural Lounge
- Redifer Commons Desk
- South Halls Residence Hall Association office
- South Food District, a food court featuring several a la carte eateries, and the South Side Buffet (an all-you-care-to-eat dining commons).
- Louie's convenience store and evening snack bar are located upstairs.
- Just a short distance from South Housing Area are the Penn State Bookstore, HUB-Robeson Center, and White Building, and Downtown State College
Special Living Options offered in South Housing Area:
- Break Access/Holiday Housing (McElwain)
- Schreyer Honors College (Atherton and Simmons)