Campus Living at PennWest California

 Top-quality Campus Living with Housing You'll Love to Call Home.

PennWest California is known for healthy lifestyles and some of the best university housing in the nation. You won't find any cramped dorm rooms here. You'll feel right at home in our modern housing that's convenient, safe and exceptionally comfortable.

Choose to live in a residence hall in the heart of campus, a college apartment in Vulcan Village, or commute to school. No matter where you live, you'll be able to take advantage of:

  • Exceptional facilities and fitness classes at our Herron Recreation and Fitness Center.
  • More than 27 intramural teams and 23 sports clubs.
  • University dining services with fresh, healthy menus based on PennWest California student input.


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allergens in our Gold Rush dining facility's "safe zone."


Students relax in a residence hall.

Best In-Class Housing


Thrive in a place of your own at PennWest California. Instead of traditional college dorms, we offer spacious residence halls. Designed with your needs and lifestyle in mind, our university housing has all the top amenities you love, plus plenty of room to study and socialize.

  • Enjoy Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, private baths shared with roommates only, Ping-Pong, pool tables and more.
  • Make friends out of neighbors through activities and developmental programming.
  • Rest easy knowing a live-in staff member is always nearby to help.

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Move-In Day at PennWest California.

Get Ready to Move In


What will you need as you start your exciting new college life? University Housing provides a wealth of resources for you and your families to help you pack, move in, connect with other student and adjust to campus living.

And once you're here, PennWest California's dedicated residence offices help you stay safe, happy and healthy on campus.

Prepare for Move-In Day


A chef serves food at PennWest California.

University Dining Services


Do you want ethnic foods? Gourmet burgers? Made-to-order wraps and salads? We have it all. Whether you're sitting down for a meal or picking up a quick snack, you'll find top-quality foods prepared from the freshest ingredients right here on PennWest California's campus.

  • Dine at the "all-you-care-to-eat" Gold Rush dining hall.
  • Grab a bite at the Food Court, one of PennWest California's convenience stores, or the Sycamore Bistro.
  • Order your meal online when you're in a rush so it's ready for pickup when you arrive.

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PennWest California play basketball outside.

Sports and Recreation


It's easy to stay active at PennWest California. From archery to volleyball and everything in between, you'll find a huge variety of intramural and extramural sports clubs.

Our University athletic facilities are top notch, just like the students who use them.

  • Stay in shape with fitness classes, including yoga and circuit training.
  • Take a run on our indoor track.
  • Go for a swim in the indoor three lane lap pool or lounge in our steam room and sauna.
  • Work up a sweat on the racquetball courts.
  • Test your limits on our indoor climbing wall.

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A commuter hub at PennWest California.

Commuter and Non-Traditional Student Services


Enjoy the best of PennWest California campus living, even if you commute to school. Our top commuter services and strong University community are designed to help you get the most out of college life.

You'll feel at home on campus with dedicated spaces for commuters, and can take advantage of the great University facilities, activities and networking opportunities enjoyed by all PennWest California students.

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