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.
Because of the pandemic, we are currently offering mostly single rooms, some with private bath, some with shared bath. Double rooms are also available, but only if they will be shared by two members of the same household who are both enrolled at Penland. 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. The application form will give you the option of requesting all-gender housing.
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, but we cannot promise to accommodate special dietary needs like lactose or gluten intolerance in our daily menus. During the pandemic, all meals will be served take-out. We will have areas across campus for well-spaced dining.