Lions Gate residence hall

When You're Here, You're Home

Rigorous training mixed with a sense of humor prepares resident assistants to work with incoming freshman at The Lions Gate, the first residence hall for Penn State Abington students.

By: Regina Broscius
Workers are busy applying the final touches — a little paint here, a kitchen table delivered there — at The Lions Gate apartments at Penn State Abington.

Take a peek at the new home sweet home for 400 new students.

Lions gate living room

Living Room

Four resident assistants try out the furniture in a Lions Gate apartment. Each unit comes with fully furnished living rooms and bedrooms and modern kitchens with major appliances.

The Lions Gate — a four-story $50 million complex — is located in the heart of the township so students can easily walk and bike to classes, stores, and restaurants. It's also convenient to public transportation.

About The Lions Gate 

  • Four to six students per apartment-style unit, each equipped with a kitchen and private bathroom
  • Houses a total of 402 students
  • Two live-in professional staff
  • 10 Resident Assistants (RAs)
  • Shuttle service between the residence hall and campus
Lions Gate kitchen

Mealtime!

Two resident assistants check out the kitchen in one of the Lions Gate apartments. 

Living and Learning

  • Activities
  • Student leadership opportunities
  • Quiet study pods or lounges on each floor
  • Knowledge stations (areas for group projects outfitted with technology)
  • Seminar learning spaces
  • On-site laundry facility
Lions Gate closet space

Lots of Storage!

The architects and designers of the Lions Gate residence hall worked in as much storage space as possible including a traditional closet inside each apartment door.

Safety and Security

  • Accessible to residents and staff only with three entry points:
  • Main entrance: Key card
  • Individual apartment entrance: Key
  • Bedroom within apartment: Key
  • Front desk monitored 24/7 and Penn State Abington security patrols the site.
Lions Gate mail

Packages from Home

The lobby of the Lions Gate features the welcome and security desk as well as a fireplace, lounge, and mail boxes.

Transportation

  • Bike shares and a canopied bike storage area on site
  • Shuttle service to and from campus
  • Public transportation
  • People power: Abington is a walking-friendly community

 

What’s Nearby?

Abington is a thriving town with shops, restaurants, gyms, recreational spaces, and plenty of activities. Convenience stores such as Wawa, fast-food such as Chipotle, and full-service restaurants are easily accessible. Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods are within walking distance, and the Giant Supermarket is a mile away.

 

The Lions Gate at Penn State Abington

1001 Old York Road

Abington, PA 19001

The Lions Gate By The Numbers

More than 84,000 labor hours by carpenters, laborers, cement finishers, masons, iron workers, operating engineers, plumbers, steam and sprinkler fitters, and electricians. 
3,100 linear feet of concrete footings
28,200 square feet of slab concrete
77 tons of reinforcement steel
148,000 blocks
289,700 bricks
9,150 square feet of stone

About Penn State Abington

Penn State Abington, formerly the Ogontz campus, offers baccalaureate degrees in 18 majors at its suburban location just north of Philadelphia. Nearly half of our 4,000 students complete all four years at Abington, with opportunities in undergraduate research, the Schreyer honors program, NCAA Division III athletics, and more. The Lions Gate residence hall will open in August.