Porcupine Hall

Porcupine Hall offers double-occupancy suites for both first-year and upperclass students. Each eight-person suite provides two full bathrooms, each with a separate vanity and shower/toilet areas. Residents have use of the laundry facility and community kitchen in the basement of Tigress Hall. Porcupine Hall was built in 1991 and houses 65 students.

Porcupine Hall was named after the one-gun schooner Porcupine, commanded by Sailing Master George Senat.

Building Type


Room Types

Suite 4 Bedroom/8 Person

Living Arrangements

First-Year Students, Upperclass Students



Building Amenities

Air Conditioning
Personal / En Suite Bathroom
Study Lounge



Room Furnishings

Adjustable Height Bed (30-36")
Desk Chair
Moveable Furniture
Trash Can
XL Twin Mattress (80")

Room Diagrams

Room & Furnishing Dimensions

Item Length Width Height
Bedroom 15" 12' 7' 10"
Hallway 2' 2" 3' 7" 7' 10"
Bathroom 5' 8" 6' 4" 7' 10"
Shower 2' 7" 2' 7" 6' 7"
Vanity Area 5' 6' 4" 7' 10"
Door   3' 6' 11"
Window   4' 1" 4'
Closet 1' 7" 5' 7" 7' 10"
Bed 6' 8" 3' Adjustable up to 2'
Mattress 6' 8" 3' 7"
Desk 2' 3' 9" 6
Microfridge 1' 7" 1' 6" 3' 10"
Desk Chair 1' 7" 1' 6" 2' 7"
Dresser 1' 8" 2' 6" 3' 8"

Building Floor Plans

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First Floor

Second Floor

Take a virtual room tour! 


Rates for 2021-2022
Residence Hall Room Type Occupancy Fall Spring
Porcupine Hall Double 2 $4,215 $4,215
Porcupine Hall Double as Single 1 $5,269 $5,269

Meet Our Staff

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Alanson Vogan

Assistant Director
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Lee Barney

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Megan O'Polka

Interim Assistant Director, Student Affairs and Residence Life

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Housing FAQs



How do I choose a space and accept the HFS Contract?

Current students who receive an email with the invitation offer:

  • If you receive an invitation, log on to www.eLiving.psu.edu and select “View Invitation” under My Contracts. 
  • Select your invitation to view all housing options. Not all options may be available based on when you are invited into the process. 
  • Select the housing option you desire and click ‘Continue’. 
  • Add a friend’s Penn State Access ID who you want to receive a Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract offer and click ‘Continue’. It's not required to add a friend, and not all housing options allow for a roommate. 
  • Review your selection and click ‘Create Contract’ to be offered the HFS Contract for your selected housing option.
    • If a roommate was listed, this student will also be offered the HFS Contract. 
  • To accept the HFS Contract offer, select the Shopping Cart icon and view the offer. 
  • Click the ‘Begin Acceptance Process’ button to view and read the HFS Contract and Terms, Conditions, and Regulations (TCRs).  Check mark the box to indicate that you have read and agree to abide by the TCRs.  Type your name to electronically sign the HFS Contract. Click the ‘Accept Contract’ button.  All done!

You are not obligated to live on campus until you accept the HFS Contract; once accepted, the HFS Contract cannot be cancelled (unless you are no longer enrolled at Penn State).

What housing options are available for upper-class students at Behrend?

Upper-class students at Behrend have many housing options to consider. Review the available housing options and the associated room rates to determine which housing option meets your needs and fits your budget. Room rates for each academic year are approved by the Board of Trustees in the spring prior to the fall semester start; yearly rate increases are traditionally between 3-5%.

Housing Option Location(s)
Behrend Apartment Ariel, Caledonia, Champlin, Elliott, Packet, Scorpion, Somers, Turner, or Yarnall
Engineering House TBD
Global Boarders* Trippe
Heartbeat House Ohio
Honors* Ohio
Service & Sustainability House
Single Room - Suite Almy, Ohio, Porcupine, Senat, Tiffany, or Tigress
Single Room - Traditional Lawrence or Niagara
Suite Double Almy, Ohio, Porcupine, Senat, Tiffany, or Tigress
Trippe Trippe

*must agree to the SLO requirements and terms

When invited to view available housing options, students will see the number of currently available spaces for each option. These numbers will fluctuate as students make their choices, and spaces are added to or subtracted from the total. If a housing option is not shown, all allocated spaces in that option have already been taken. You may choose another option, and then add your name to the Waitlist for your first choice. 


What is Online Room Selection?

Online Room Selection (or self-assigning) is an option for current students and select first-year groups to log on to eLiving and choose the specific room in which they'd like to live. This option may not be offered to all groups or at every campus; students who are not able to participate in Online Room Selection enter contract preferences and are assigned by staff.

Timelines for Online Room Selection vary but usually occur in mid-spring for the fall semester. A second selection period may be offered in early summer if additional housing options become available.

Students who are able to participate in Online Room Selection will receive an email reminder with more detailed instructions before their selection period begins. Selection periods are also found in the Contract Summary in eLiving and posted online.

View Online Room Selection dates for your campus.


What is an Invitation?

An invitation allows current first-year or upperclass students to view available on-campus housing spaces during the identified timeframe of the housing process. A student must have Requested Housing to receive an invitation.

Receiving an invitation does not obligate the student to on-campus housing.

Log on to eLiving to see if you've received an invitation. Your login screen will display the message "Congratulations! You have been invited to #LiveOn! Click here to view the invitations." Follow the link to begin the invitation process

  • Select a housing option from those available and click "Continue". If a housing option doesn't appear or is grayed out, it's not currently available.
  • Add a friend who you'd like to receive the same housing option, whether or not you plan to be roommates. Not all housing options offer this opportunity. Click "Continue".
  • Review your selections and click "Create Contract" to be offered an HFS Contract for your selected housing option. If you listed a friend, they will also be offered the HFS Contract.

Once you create your contract, you'll automatically begin the contract acceptance process. If you exit without accepting and return later before your contract expiration date, click on your Shopping Cart to return to the contract acceptance process.

Request Process

Are incoming first-year students eligible to Request Housing in eLiving?

No, the Request Housing process in eLiving is specific to current first-year and upperclass students. Incoming first-year and transfer students can choose on-campus housing, if available, when they accept their offer of admission through MyPennState or can add their name to the On-Campus Housing Waitlist afterward. Find out more information about the incoming first-year process.


I accepted an HFS Contract, but I want to live in another housing option. What can I do?

If you are interested in another housing option, you can add your name to one Housing Option Waitlist in eLiving once they are available. Adding your name to a Waitlist does not guarantee that you’ll be reassigned to that housing option. Waitlists may not be available for all housing options.

What is a Waitlist?

There are two types of Waitlists:

  • "On-Campus Housing Waitlist" is for students who did not participate in the Request Process and want to live on campus
  • "Housing Option Waitlists" display after a student accepts a HFS Contract and is interested in another housing option (such as a Living Learning Community, single room, etc.)

When you log on to eLiving and choose Waitlist from the Contracts menu, you will see the appropriate Waitlists based on your campus and contract status.

Students who have an accepted HFS Contract are eligible to enter only one Housing Option Waitlist. As staff processes cancellations and vacancies occur, we will move students from the Waitlist into that specific housing option.

For example: I have an accepted double room, traditional residence hall HFS Contract. I’m interested in a suite, so I add my name to the "Nittany Hall Suites Waitlist". When a suite is available for me, staff will move me to a suite option. If online room selection is available to me, I'll be able to choose a suite instead of a traditional residence hall.

You can remove your name from a Waitlist at any time by unchecking the box of the Waitlist you'd previously selected.



Do upperclass students also live on campus?

Yes! All residential campuses welcome students to live on campus beyond their first-year. Many students find the greatest convenience is saving time – to and from classes, activities, events, clubs/organizations, recreation and study, meetings, common and green spaces, dining, bookstore, project collaboration, faculty offices, and so much more! We do have space for you to #LiveOn. There are also many Living Learning Communities (LLCs) created especially for you!

Students will need to Request Housing during the housing process timeline. 

How do I request housing?

For incoming first-year students, the Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract is included in the offer of admission to Penn State. Students at Behrend and University Park are guaranteed an on-campus housing space and required to live on campus, whereas students at other Penn State locations have the option to accept an HFS Contract as they go through the admissions process. Both the Offer of Admission and HFS Contract are accepted by accessing MyPennState, following the prompts, and paying the non-refundable admission fees and housing deposit.

How do I use my id+ Card to access my room?

At some locations and buildings, students are not assigned keys and will access their room, suite, or apartment with only their id+ Card. Each student in these spaces will receive a four-digit pin# at check-in; after swiping the id+ card at the door, enter this four-digit pin followed by the # key to gain entry to the room.

Contact your HFS Office if you have any trouble accessing your space.

Request Process

When can I request housing?

For the 2021-2022 academic year, students can Request Housing beginning October 15 through at least January 31. The Request Period will be extended if upperclass space is still available.