Housing at PennWest California

Sprawling 294 acres along the Monongahela River, the California campus is less than one hour from the internationally renowned city of Pittsburgh, with its arts, culture, sports teams and business connections.

We understand that choosing where to live while attending college is a big decision, which is why we offer our best-in-class housing options to provide you with independence, convenience and comfort during your time on campus.

Living on campus at PennWest California provides a range of benefits that can enhance your college experience. Our modern, comfortable and spacious housing options provide a safe and convenient environment that fosters a strong sense of community. And with our campus located less than an hour from Pittsburgh, you'll have easy access to all the cultural and entertainment opportunities that this vibrant city has to offer.

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Housing Semester Breaks

of first-year students live in on-campus housing.

Living on campus provides a wealth of benefits that can help you make the most of your college experience, including increased access to campus resources, the opportunity to build meaningful connections with other students and faculty members, and a chance to develop the skills and habits that will help you succeed in all areas of your life.


Housing Requirement

All incoming full-time undergraduate students who are first time in college or a transfer student who is transferring less than 48 credits from a previous institution are required to live in university housing for their freshman and sophomore year (or their first four semesters of enrollment ). On campus housing is considered to be the residence halls on campus.

If you would like to apply for an exemption to the policy, please go to the Housing Portal through the PennWest Portal and complete an online exemption request. These will be reviewed within 7 to 10 business days.

Finding Your Place

No matter where you're coming from, PennWest is where you can find your place in the world. Our campus is a place of opportunity, where you can explore new ideas, discover new passions and chart your own path forward. With our dedicated faculty and staff, you'll receive the support and guidance you need to succeed.

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Residence Halls

Our five recently built residence halls are designed to meet the needs of modern students. Each residence hall provides comfortable, climate-controlled rooms with private bathrooms and access to common areas for socializing. You can hang out with friends in the lounges equipped with large-screen TVs and media players or challenge your peers in the rec rooms with pool, ping-pong and/or foosball tables. We also offer special-interest wings to foster a sense of community among like-minded students.

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Vulcan Village

Vulcan Village is an excellent place for juniors and seniors to live and thrive during their college years. The student housing complex offers a variety of housing options, including apartments and townhouses, to accommodate different lifestyles and preferences. The complex features various common areas, including study lounges, fitness centers and recreational spaces, providing opportunities for students to socialize and interact. Additionally, Vulcan Village hosts regular events and activities to encourage student engagement and to enhance the living experience.  

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Campus Resources

At PennWest California, students can experience an exciting and fulfilling college life that extends far beyond the classroom. With more than 100 student clubs and organizations, there is something for everyone to pursue their passions, whether it be academic, cultural, recreational or professional development. The campus boasts exceptional recreational facilities, including the Herron Fitness Center Natali Student Center and the Convocation Center, which offer a variety of fitness classes, intramural sports and other activities to keep students active and healthy. Living on campus at PennWest California is the ultimate college experience, full of adventure, opportunities and memories that will last a lifetime.

No matter who you are or where you come from, you'll find a place to belong here. So come find your people, your pathway and your place in the world at PennWest.

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