Undergraduate Residential Options

Arcadia University guarantees housing for all undergraduate students that deposit, every year they deposit. Additionally, we offer many housing options that encourage the development of various skills and independence as a resident progresses through his/her Arcadia career.

First Year Student Housing Options

Traditional Halls, exterior 
Traditional Residence Hall, interior 
Traditional Residence Hall, lounge area

Within the traditional residence halls, staff and students work together to create safe, clean, inclusive communities that promote an environment conducive to the academic success of a diverse student body. We do this through a supportive, accessible staff, clean facilities, and an emphasis on one’s responsibility to the community.

The traditional residence halls include Kistler, Thomas, Dilworth, and Heinz. These residence halls are designed to encourage interaction among residents and emphasize cooperation, compromise, and respect for others. Each residence hall is staffed by upperclassmen Resident Assistants supervised by one of two administrators, the Area Coordinators.

Amenities that a student will find in the traditional residence halls (Kistler, Thomas, Dilworth, and Heinz) are the following:

  • Central location to campus resources
  • Laundry facilities, located on the ground floor and free of charge
  • An air-conditioned main lobby (Kistler and Heinz) and vending area with a pool table and flat-screen TV (a Foosball table can be found in the 2nd floor Thomas/Dilworth Lounge)
  • Common bathrooms on all floors

Guest rooms and single rooms are available in several traditional residence halls as well. Guest rooms may be reserved during the academic year for guests of full-time students and commuter students that are aged 18 and above.  Single rooms are available upon request, and are offered at a higher room rate than other spaces. All of the traditional residence halls are coed by floor, wing, or room. Only students that request to live on a coed by room floor (where male and female rooms are located on the same floor) are placed in this type of living environment. 

Tour Grey Towers Castle
Castle Tour

Grey Towers Castle is a first-year residence  hall that is anything but traditional! Men and women are housed by wing in rooms of 2 to 7 students. Common bathrooms are available in each wing. A laundry room is provided, and a microwave is available in the common lounge area. Microwaves are not permitted in student rooms. Please note that given the large size of the Castle rooms, all students in the Castle pay the standard room rate.

Transfer Upperclass Student Housing Options

Arcadia’s housing options support our students’ natural progression to independence.  While some traditional residence hall spaces are available, Knight Hall and Oak Summit Apartments are the most popular housing options for transfer and upper-class students.

Knight Hall

Knight Hall, exterior 
Knight Hall, interior

Knight Hall is a suite-style residence hall that houses 5-8 upper-class students per suite.  Each suite shares a bathroom, a common area with lounge furniture and a large closet.  Residents are housed in a single, double, or triple occupancy room within the suite. Each floor is equipped with a laundry facility and a large lounge with a kitchen.  Knight Hall is air-conditioned, and has elevator access to all floors.

Depending upon your desired experience, Knight Hall may be an ideal housing opportunity for a transfer student entering his/her second or third year of college.  Knight Hall offers the benefit of a smaller, more independent housing experience within close proximity to other residence halls and campus resources.

Oak Summit Apartments

Oak Summit, exterior view 2 
Oak Summit, gym facilities

Oak Summit is a student only apartment-style housing complex just a short walk from the center of campus. Two to four students are housed in one, two, or three bedroom apartments with kitchens, private bathrooms, and private laundry facilities.  Only residents with previous university housing experience are eligible for placement in apartment-style housing.

Additional amenities unique to Oak Summit are:

  • A fitness center and computer lab located in the main lobby
  • Student parking available on site
  • Direct access to Glenside proper and a short 10 minute walk to the Glenside Train Station


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Monday - Friday,
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Phone: 215-572-4026
Fax: 215-881-8755

Mailing Address:
Arcadia University
Residence & Commuter
Life Office
450 S. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038

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