Residence Halls

Residence Halls

Independence. Convenience. Comfort. That's what living at PennWest California is all about.

Forget about traditional "rooms." At PennWest California, students enjoy spacious rooms in buildings designed with their needs and lifestyle in mind. 

If you're a new first-year student, we do require that you live in the residence halls for your first four (4) semesters — not including winter and summer terms — unless you are commuting from the home of your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) within a 50-mile radius of campus.

Please review the student housing application fee policy.

Upperclass students also enjoy the convenience of living in our main campus residence halls, so they can walk to classes, the fitness center, the library or campus events. 

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  • All residence halls will close at 6:00pm on Friday, March 3, 2023. All residents must be out of the building at this time.
  • All Residence Halls will open at 2:00pm Sunday March 12, 2023.
  • Classes resume Monday, March 13, 2023.


If you find it impossible to leave the building by the time stated above, PLEASE SEE YOUR HALL Staff – (Corey Negley for Carter Hall; Toni Kane for Smith Hall or Johnson Hall; Colten Hague Guesman Hall or Residence Hall E) by 12pm on Tuesday, February 28, 2023  to discuss alternatives.

If you need housing for the break period or any portion of it, please see below. Students are not allowed to remain on-campus during the break without permission from Residence Life Services.


If you are unable to leave for the break (this includes students who are required by the university to remain on-campus) or need to return prior to the residence halls opening, you need to complete the break request form prior to 12pm on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. NO ONE WILL BE PERMITTED TO STAY WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION! The break housing form can be found here. 

Athletes/Teams – if you are required to be on campus during the break, please confirm with your coach they provided RLH the team roster.  You will not need to complete the individual request form.

Please Note: The University assumes no responsibility for personal belongings left in student rooms during break periods. You may want to consider taking your more valued items home with you over the break.

Please contact a Residence Life hall staff member if you have any questions.

Residence Hall and Room Amenities

All five of PennWest California's residence halls have been built in recent years. Along with comfortable rooms, each residence hall has common areas for socializing, including lounges with large-screen TVs and media players. Residence halls also have full kitchen areas with comfortable seating, plus rec rooms with pool, ping-pong and/or foosball tables. 

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Contact Us

The University Housing Office is located in Residence Hall B, on Hickory Street. Email us at or call 724-938-4444.




University Housing is Here for You!

Phone: 724-938-4444
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Important Links
Move-in day information
Residence Life and Housing Handbook
Student Housing Application Fee policy

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