Most students agree that housing at Behrend is much nicer than it is at most other universities. Of the freshman dorms—Senat, Lawrence, Perry, and Niagara—Senat is by far the nicest and newest, but students must apply early and join a Freshmen Interest Group (FIG), which is definitely worth it. Senat offers suite-style living, and each suite has its own bathroom and shower, which is a big plus. Lawrence, Perry, and Niagara are all about the same. They are nice for freshman dorms but are not air-conditioned, have communal bathrooms and showers, and offer typical dorm-style living. Perry is next to Senat, and they both are in great locations on campus. Almy is the honors dorm, which is away from the hustle and bustle of central campus. It is a beautiful building that also offers suite-style living (each suite has own bathroom and study room), but it has the "honors" atmosphere, so it is not for everyone. Sophomore living is all suite-style and very nice. Porcupine, Tigress, and Tiffany offer suites with four rooms (two people in each) and two separate bathrooms with separate sinks. All three are in good locations on campus. Ohio Hall is also suite-style but offers suites for four people or single room options. It is very nice and has the atmosphere of a hotel. It is slightly more expensive than the other suites and is the farthest from central campus. The apartments were recently re-carpeted and furnished, and they are for juniors and seniors only.
There really are no terrible dorms on campus, but freshmen should try to get into Senat. Students who like a quiet environment should try to live in Almy because it's one of the nicest buildings on campus. Students who cannot get into either of these should probably opt to live in Perry because of its location, and Lawrence is not far from many of the buildings. Niagara is probably the worst option due to its location. The best advice for new students is to sign up as early as possible for housing because there is an extreme shortage. Students have actually been placed in nearby hotels because of this. Even upperclassmen know that housing is no guarantee.