Housing, healthcare and food are just a few of the things you will need to take care of as you settle into life here at Penn. The gray navigation bar to the left will help you find the information you need.

In addition to this site, almost everything you need from Penn can be found on the University of Pennsylvania website. The Penn offices are listed alphabetically at Penn A to Z.

Two things to take care of first are getting your PennCard and setting up your university email.


Penn Identification Card (PennCard)

All students and scholars must have a University identification card, called a PennCard, which permits access to Penn buildings and allows you to use other Penn services, such as the Shuttle Escort. You should carry your PennCard with you at all times.

Some students may arrange for their PennCard before arrival through Campus Express. Students and scholars can also obtain their PennCard upon arrival on campus at the PennCard Center.

    • Houston Hall
    • Houston Hall

Electronic Mail (email)

Most Penn students, faculty, and staff have electronic mail (email) access. Email is the most commonly used communication system on campus. For this reason, it is very important for you to have an email account and check it regularly. Email accounts are arranged by the individual schools. To set up your account, please consult with your academic department or visit the Penn Computing web site.

ISSS uses both email and this site to inform you about various programs, immigration updates, and other timely information. Please read our email messages carefully and check the ISSS homepage at least once a month.