Penn State’s Ultimate Campus Bathroom Guide

Penn State has a famously big campus and it can be tough to find a place for yourself to go to the bathroom take a break from daily activities. On a long day of classes when you just can’t get home, why rely on the rough offerings of the Willard or Sparks Buildings when you can seek out the true comfort that you deserve?

This list features premier bathrooms across Penn State (excluding commons buildings and the library) to help you find hidden gems on your toughest days.

Note: This comprehensive list doesn’t include pictures of the women’s facilities but assumes they look better than the men’s.

The (American) Standard

Career Services Building – Lobby

Feel like a professional in the Career Services Building bathroom. With a tasteful green marbling on the stall walls and moody, dim lighting, this bathroom is worth bending your walking route for. It’s rarely used by the public and comes equipped with an automatic air freshener. What’s not to like?

Stuckeman Family Building – Lobby

The architects flexed their creative muscles on this one. The Stuckeman Family Building’s bathroom not only has interesting tiling on the walls, sleek silver stalls, and cool lights above but also a full-sized dressing room. If you’re on the north end of campus, it’s definitely a prime destination.

Engineering Design and Innovation Building – Third Floor

A brand new building with brand new looks, the Engineering Design and Innovation Building impresses with a stark design and a cool sink. It’s usually clean, empty, and air-freshened, so stop by if you’re in the western frontier.

BBH Building – Second Floor

When you define “sanctuary,” first visit the BBH’s all-gender bathroom on the second floor. The only downside is the lack of a coat hook, but if you don’t mind putting your backpack on the sink, this bathroom is perfect.

Music Building – Box Office

This bathroom is the only one on campus with speakers, so it has to be top-tier. Piped in from the recital hall next door, enjoy the sounds of the university’s most talented practice throughout the day. It’s massive, too, so there’ll always be room for you.

“Kohler” Than Average

Davey Lab – First Floor

Physicists are meticulous, and so too is the Davey Lab bathroom. Neat, orderly, and without frills, this water closet is tucked into the back of Davey’s first floor. It’s at a choice location on central campus and worth a trip if you’re around.

Chemistry Building – Lobby

What’s left to say about nice bathrooms that hasn’t been said already? This lavatory has pops of color, nice lighting, and is easily accessible right underneath the Life Sciences Bridge. It’s also stocked with the Stall Street Journal, so you’ll have some reading material, too!

Forest Resources Building – Couch Room

Something about the Forest Resources Building is luxurious. The wood, leather couches, and bathrooms all tie together a cozy building and an equally cozy experience. If you just can’t make it back to East Halls, stop in and see for yourself.

Animal, Veterinary, & Biomedical Sciences Building – First Floor

In another brand new building, the future veterinarians of Penn State are living in luxury, and so should you. Every bathroom in the structure is still fresh and clean, but the all-gender offering on the first floor takes the top spot. The AVBMS building is a little out of the way, though, so it’s not easy to get to.

Hammond Building – Next to Advising

This is a hidden gem. The Hammond Building is a labyrinth, but its maze of floor plans has left this bathroom virtually inaccessible to class-goers on the floors above. Usually empty, and with a complementary air freshener bottle, it’s a perfect stop on your way back downtown.

Westgate Building – Westside Elevator

Small and simple, but effective. Avoid the weird smells of Waring Commons and venture to the Westgate. It’s worth the walk.

Rackley Building – Third Floor

The last of the all-gender bathrooms on this list, it’s the oldest but probably the coziest. It’s got enough room to go about your business in peace, but it’s on the third floor. That’s too many stairs for a top-tier convenience.

Kinda Crappy

Sackett Building – First Floor

Sackett’s bathroom is tough to grade. It’s classy looking with slick black and white tiles, and the stylish open windows provide scenic views of the Alumni Center and its gardens. The open windows also allow curious people to see in, ruining the privacy you expect from a quality bathroom.

Leonhard Building – Behind FAME Lab

There are not many options across the Westgate, but this one’s OK. It’s nothing special, and a little dank at times, but secluded enough to be a mostly enjoyable experience.

Business Building – Business Career Center

I don’t frequent the Business Building, but it’s got some pretty-looking bathrooms. The only problem is they’re usually busy. For that, it’s tough to recommend visiting unless you’re already in the building.

Thomas Building – First Floor

Perfectly fine facilities but a funky smell seriously downgrades Thomas’ toilet room. It’s perfectly located, though, and will do fine in a pinch.

Pollock Testing Center – Lobby

Aside from test days, this bathroom serves a perfect use case: gameday. If you’re struggling on your walk back from Beaver Stadium and refuse to use a porta-potty, make a quick pitstop at Pollock and thank me later.

Bucket List

Osmond Lab – First Floor

With Osmond Lab’s four possible urinal locations, the plumbers have decided to present bathroom goers with three options: American Standard, Kohler, and bathtub. Choose wisely.

I’m looking forward to the coming renovations where the fourth pipe might finally get some use, too.

Deike Building – Library

A foreboding aura permeates the Deike Library’s bathroom. It’s got an uncomfortable yellowish hue throughout, but if you’re looking for a spot to lie down for a minute, it does offer you that option.

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Jack Scott

Jack is a junior industrial engineering major from Pittsburgh, PA. Sometimes, he enjoys the misunderstanding of his friends and family that Penn State Club Ski Racing may be a D1 sport and usually won't correct them. Jack is way too into Thundercat for his own good. Follow him on Twitter @joscottIV and Instagram @jackscott._iv

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