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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2023 Spring Semester Closing Notice              

 The 2023 Spring semester will end on Friday May 5, 2023 at 6pm in Carter, Smith, Johnson, Hall E, and Guesman halls. Residents will need to vacate their rooms within 24-hours after their last final or by 6pm on Friday May 5, whichever comes first. Due to academic obligations or travel considerations, if you need to stay later than 6pm on Friday May 6, please come to the Residence Life office on the 1st floor of Hall B to fill out a stay late request form by Friday April 28th. Residents will not be able to stay past 6pm on May 5th without prior permission and key access will be turned off. Upperclassmen who will be residing in university housing for the 2023 – 2024 academic year will be able to move into their new housing assignments tentatively on Saturday August 19, beginning at 10am.

24-hour Quiet Hours

24-hour quiet hours will be in effect from Friday, April 28 at 11:59pm until Friday, May 5 at 6pm. Please respect your fellow residents who are studying.

Turning in Keys/Cart Sign-Out

Turning in keys and cart sign-out will be conducted starting Monday May 1st, 2023 through Thursday May 4th 2023 from 10am-10pm. On Friday May 5th, turning in keys and cart sign-out will be conducted between 10am-6pm. Residents will need to turn their keys into a CA at the front entrance desk during these designated times prior to leaving. If you are not able to check out between these designated times, please speak with your CA.


There are a limited number of carts for each building. Please bring boxes and/dollies to assist with your move-out. Carts that are available can be signed out at the building in which the resident resides for 1 hour to remove their belongings from the building. After 1 hour, it will need to be returned so other residents can utilize the carts. Please try to be quiet as you move out as others will still be prepping for finals.

Preparing your room properly for move-out to avoid charges

  1. Close and lock your
  2. Leave your drapes/window coverings
  3. Remove all items from your room and doors
  4. Gather and empty all trash. Make sure your room is swept and cleaned.
  5. Turn your heat/AC to 70 degrees on the cool
  6. Turn off lights (last person to leave).
  7. Lock room door (and bedroom door if in a Suite).
  8. Complete sign-out sheet on main door once you have completely vacated your space.
  9. Remove any food or cooking supplies from the community kitchen that belong to you if any. Left supplies after May 5th at 6pm will be disposed of.
  10. Turn in any hard keys and check out at the front desk before departing.

A staff member will check your room for damages after you leave, and you will be emailed by the end of May 2023 to your PennWest student email if any charges were assessed.

Failure to comply with these instructions will result in documentation. You and/or your roommate will be considered in violation of the University conduct code if any residence hall/university policy violations are found in your room.

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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