We recommend staying on campus to maximize your Penland experience. There are frequent evening events and many people choose to do studio work late at night or early in the morning.
Penland housing is quite simple. Buildings are not air-conditioned – the climate is moderate and you can count on cool temperatures at night. Furnishing is basic: a bed and a place to put your clothes.
Housing assignments are made shortly before the session begins. We do our best to match students with the type of housing they request, but this is not always possible, and we cannot honor requests for specific rooms or buildings. Note: we only house people enrolled in workshops.
Penland housing is priced in two tiers: standard and economy.
Standard housing includes rooms that are a bit larger and, in some cases, are in buildings that have been recently constructed or renovated. These buildings include Arbor House, Bill’s Place, Dorm 54, Sleeping Cabins, The Roost, The Pines, and Radcliffe. Standard housing is available in the following configurations: single with private bath, single with common bath, double with private bath (shared with roommate), double with common bath, and dorm. Dorms in standard housing are rooms for four people. See the fees page for pricing.
Economy housing includes rooms that are a little smaller and/or in older buildings. They can be found in the Craft House, The Pines, and Long House. Economy housing is available as singles with common baths, doubles with common baths, or hostels. Hostels house up to 13 people. See the fees page for pricing.
We recognize that traditional housing options do not meet all students’ needs, in particular regarding a student’s gender identity or gender expression. We offer a variety of All-Gender Housing options to meet the needs of our students. Please see below for more information.
Students staying on campus pay for all meals as part of their room and board charge.
Penland provides excellent, nutritious meals made with fresh ingredients, some grown here on campus. There is always a vegetarian option and a salad bar, but we cannot promise accommodations for special dietary needs like lactose or gluten intolerance in our daily menus.