Onward State Cribs: Campus Towers

Not that it’s the most far-fetched aspect of the show, but have you ever watched The Hills and drooled over the incredible apartments and dorms of the show’s perfectly coiffed, evenly tanned cast? Seriously, shows like that (and the infinite “Apartment Inspiration” Pinterest boards out there) give us such unrealistic expectations for our future collegiate dwellings.

…Or do they?

Though when you walk into Beaver Hill or Calder Commons, you may expect any given apartment to be littered with empty Natty cans and Pokey Stix boxes, there are honestly some gorgeous, clean, well-decorated apartments and dorms in the Penn State community. Welcome to the first installation of Onward State Cribs; prepare to drool over some gorgeous decor.


This living room belongs to four lucky Penn State students: Katie Murphy, Emily Rivers, Shannon Yoxheimer, and Marie Bedard. They live in the coveted Campus Towers, right above delicious establishments like D.P. Dough and Baja Fresh. Their rent may be high, but hey, they have a whopping four bedrooms and two bathrooms! That’s the price ya gotta pay for livin’ large. By the way, Emily actually made the painting hanging above the couch herself, and she made letters to represent each of the girls living there. The colors tie it together, but the mixed patterns keep it from being too matchy-matchy. Amazeballs. Imagine coming home to flop on this couch for your post-class nap.

Emily's Room

I’ll give you a second to lift your jaw up off of your keyboard. Yes, this is Emily’s room. Yes, the headboard is a repurposed door that she spray painted gold and attached to some 2×4’s. The giraffe, rhinoceros, and zebra heads add even more creativity, and the white canopy makes the whole thing look dreamy. Cute little touches like her name on the wall and bright throw pillows pull it all together. “It represents my personality well,” Emily says. “I love that I live off campus now and can make it my own.” Understatement. This is Pinterest gold, right here.


Does this not look like the sight you’d be greeted with upon walking into a swanky hotel room? Though most of us might be terrified of dropping Nutella or crumbs on a bright white bedspread (#singlegurls4lyfe), Shannon’s pristine bed shows no sign of messiness. The whole thing is pure and gorgeous. The seashell, anchor, and sailboat tack a focus onto the whole room. “I’m really into decorating,” Shannon admits. “I’ve always loved the idea of a beachy theme.”

Marie's Room

Marie’s room is romantic, neat, and exactly what every girl hopes to grow up and move into. The Audrey Hepburn canvas seals its fate as That Room Every College Girl Wishes They Had. Little details, like the vase of flowers on her nightstand, the string lights hung around the room’s perimeter, and the Shakespeare quote on the wall make it more Marie’s personal style. “I just like to keep things simple and neat,” Marie says, “but it has to feel like home.”

Katie's Room

Basically, Katie’s room looks like a page in a PB Teen catalogue. She had this bedspread in a Twin XL going into her freshman year (when she lived in a supplemental room with three other girls in the old version of Lyons Hall! “Started from the bottom, now I’m here” seems fitting here) and loved it so much she bought it in a Full when she moved into her own apartment. “I’ve always been obsessed with this bedspread, so I just worked around it for the rest of my room,” Katie says.


There you have it! You’ve now been dazzled by the most beautiful apartment in State College… at least, so far. Think you (or somebody you know) has a better looking dwelling for us to photograph and feature? Email me at [email protected] with a few snapshots and I’ll be the judge of that. My credentials? I watch a whole lot of HGTV.

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Alicia Thomas

Alicia is a senior with majors in Print Journalism and Spanish and a minor in International Studies. Chances are that she's somewhere talking about her semester abroad or ranting about sexual assault prevention right now. She can be reached via Twitter (@aliciarthomas) or email ([email protected]).

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