International students and scholars have several options with respect to long-term accommodations. New students and scholars will need temporary housing for their first few days at Penn, see below. After this initial period students and scholars can pursue either On-Campus or Off-Campus housing. Most undergraduate, and almost all first-year students, live in university residences. Some graduate students and scholars live on campus in graduate residence halls, while others rent apartments off campus. Details about all these housing options are below.
Accommodations are in high demand in late August and early September each year, so it is advisable to reserve early. Temporary accommodations may be found at one of the places listed below or at one of the various bed and breakfast establishments in the area.
- Office of Off-Campus Services - Penn office for listings of temporary & permanent housing in University City
- International House - Children cannot be accommodated.
- Sheraton Hotel
- The Inn at Penn
Penn Tower Hotel
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Housing for the Academic Year
Freshman year undergraduate students must live in University residences the first year. The great majority of other students are able to choose where they want to live. Some choose to live in University residences (on-campus); others choose to live in non-University affiliated housing located in the neighborhoods that surround the campus (off-campus). There are a variety of factors to consider when making the choice of where to live: proximity to campus, costs, security, personal and family lifestyles, and transportation. Both on-campus and off-campus housing can be difficult to obtain in the few days just before the beginning of the semester.