Traffic flows at night toward the campus of Commonwealth University-Bloomsburg, formerly Bloomsburg University.

Living in Bloomsburg

It turns out that a campus nestled into the side of a hill, between the Susquehanna River and the bright blue sky, is a pretty great place to start your climb.

Friends from Commonwealth University-Bloomsburg, formerly Bloomsburg University, gather for a quick selfie downtown Bloomsburg.

When visionary leader Henry Carver came to Bloomsburg, he saw something in the hardworking residents of a small town in eastern Pennsylvania. So he carved out a spot on a hill to make a place where education would be accessible, work ethic would be non-negotiable, and Huskies would always have a home.

Welcome to Bloomsburg, the only ‘town’ in Pennsylvania and the home of Commonwealth University-Bloomsburg — where small-town charm bumps right into big city opportunities.

Just a short walk from campus you’ll be in downtown Bloomsburg and on historic Main Street. That’s where you’ll find a variety of boutique shops, galleries, eateries and office buildings as well as the Town Hall, County Courthouse, Public Library and U.S. Post Office. And don’t forget to visit the 44,700-square-foot Greenly Center, home of the Office of Corporate and Continuing Education, the Bloomsburg University Foundation and the Sekisui Professional Experience Lab.

Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of campus, head down to the Town Park and enjoy some time relaxing by the river. Looking for a professional live theatre, the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble has you covered. Or maybe you’re into fairs and carnivals like the annual Renaissance Jamboree and of course the famous Bloomsburg Fair – the largest fair in Pennsylvania.

What's nearby?

Within about five miles of the Bloomsburg campus you'll find several shopping and dining locations including:

  • Big Lots, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Dunham's Sports, Marshalls, Verizon, Wal-Mart
  • ALDI, CVS, Giant, Weis Markets
  • Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, Home Depot, Lowe's, NAPA, Renco Ace Hardware, Sheetz, Staples
  • Applebee's, Burger King, Cracker Barrel, Dunkin', McDonald's, Olive Garden, Panera Bread, Perkins, Quaker Steak & Lube, Ruby Tuesday, Starbucks, Subway, Taco Bell, Wendy's
  • Family-owned restaurants serving Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine

Whatever you’re into you’ll find the town of Bloomsburg is in the sweet spot. You’ll have all the perks of a small town where you can focus on your academics but still be in close proximity to different perspectives and exciting events in major cities like Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.