Living on campus at PennWest Clarion is more than just finding a place to sleep. It's about building a life. Our campus offers more than 150 student organizations, a wide range of athletic - teams, scenic trails and outdoor activities on the beautiful Clarion River and nearby Cook Forest State Park.
At PennWest Clarion, we're passionate about creating a community that fosters independence, personal growth and meaningful engagement. We believe that living on campus is an integral part of your college experience, and we're excited to help you find your place here.
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.
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 Campus View, Valley View or Suites on Main North or South.
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.
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.
Hilltop Suites offers spacious units designed to house two or four students with a shared common living space. You'll have your own full bath for every two residents, carpeted living areas and high-speed internet, cable and phone connections. Each floor has a TV/study lounge, and each building has its own laundry facility and vending machines on the first floor.
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Reinhard Villages provides apartment-style housing near campus for our juniors and seniors. You'll have the best of both worlds - not far from campus but not centered in the middle of it either. Occupancy in the Reinhard Villages housing complex is either two or four residents per unit. All feature private bedrooms, some with private baths, and all are fully furnished with a kitchen and washer and dryer.
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Suites on Main's proximity to Clarion's downtown community means restaurants, boutiques and banks are all within walking distance. In addition to being part of the community, Suites on Main boasts high-end amenities not normally found in residence halls, ensuring that you'll be comfortable while you get a great education.
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The Clarion University Foundation, Inc. student apartment complex at PennWest Clarion – Venango is scenically situated on 65 acres of wooded hillside overlooking the Allegheny River in Oil City. Oil City offers a congenial, small-town setting for students and boasts a variety of local restaurants, antique shops, bike trails, outdoor activities, cultural opportunities and more.
Clarion provides numerous resources to students who live on campus, with the aim of fostering personal development, meaningful engagement and life-long relationships. The Gemmell Student Center is a hub for student activity, boasting more than 150 student clubs and organizations. Eagle Commons is another space where students can gather to socialize and study. The Tippin Gymnasium offers fitness equipment, exercise classes and sports facilities for students to stay active and healthy. Health and wellness services, including counseling and medical services, are also available on campus to support students' physical and mental well-being.
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.