Services

Bike Racks
Cable Television
Custodial Services
Furnishings
Information Center
Laundry
Mail Services
Microfridges
Moving Carts
Renter's Insurance
Storage
Telephone Service
Wireless Services

Bike Racks

All College Houses and both Sansom buildings are equipped with bike racks near building entrances. For more information on Bike Rack locations, please click here. Back to top

Cable Television

All residential facilities are provided with Penn Video cable network and with both wired and wireless Internet capabilities. Please refer to Penn Video and College House Computing for more information on these two services. Back to top

Custodial Services

Full Housekeeping is provided Monday through Friday (except holidays) for all common areas in the residences, such as corridors, lounges, lobby areas, laundry rooms, and shared bathrooms in the traditional residences. Housekeeping is also provided on weekends, but is limited to the policing of common area bathrooms, trash removal, and emergency clean-up. Residents who notice a situation that requires emergency housekeeping should report it to Facilities at 215-898-7208 and then follow up with their Info Center.  Back to top

Furnishings

For a full list of furniture provided in rooms and apartments, please click here.  Back to top

Information Center

The Information Center in your College House or Sansom Place is operated by the Residential Services Manager and offers daily, front line, 24-hour assistance to residents.

Your Information Center is the first point of contact for most residential concerns and provides services and support in many areas, including:

  • Assist and follow up with maintenance and housekeeping issues
  • Monitor and maintain systems and controls for safety, security, key control and resident privacy
  • Loan of lock out and special use keys
  • Facilitate guest access, guest passes and resident sign-in
  • Loan of moving carts
  • Loan of vacuums
  • Access to house staff and program info
  • Issue house-specific items such as game equipment Flowers and perishable deliveries: These are the only items signed for and kept at an Info Center. The student must pick them up within 3 days. Perishables such as flowers will be disposed of if not claimed.
The Residential Services Manager (RSM) is a full-time University employee who hires, trains and manages student staff, oversees the delivery of daily services to the residents and the House staff, and keeps abreast of issues and concerns affecting the condition, appearance and operations of the building. With nearly 100 combined years of service across the team, the RSMs take a great deal of ownership and pride in serving their house residents and in making sure that things are addressed and run smoothly. The RSM and other Info Center staff can assist with resident questions or problems if your RA/GA/SA is not available.

The RSM is particularly equipped to monitor and assist with resolution of resident maintenance or houskeeping issues and works closely with Residential Services administration to set priorities, follow up on open work orders, and call for emergency issues. The RSM is responsible for the building key inventory, including security, recordkeeping and control of all student room keys, as well as keys to service areas and common rooms.

The Information Center is staffed on weekdays from 8 am - 12 pm by the full-time RSM, and by student and Allied Barton guard staff on afternoons, evenings, and weekends. The Information Center program is managed by the Building Administration team in Residential Services.

The Information Center is not a lost and found and staff may not accept lost articles. Lost items should be referred to Penn Police. Personal deliveries to students may not be left at the Information Center.

For any Information Center related service, transaction, fee or other concern, please email Residential Services at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Back to top

Laundry

Each College House and Sansom Place is equipped with laundry facilities with electric washers and dryers in numbers proportionate to the number of residents in the community. As an added amenity of living in a College House or Sansom Place, there is no charge to do laundry. Residents are asked to be respectful of each other by attending to their wash and removing it promptly when the load is completed. The laundry rooms are intended for the use of residents of the Houses and Sansom Place only!

An additional feature of the Residential Laundry program is the Laundry Alert system. This web based program allows you to see what machines are available and in use! Sign in with penn6389 to view available washers and dryers. You can even have an email sent to you when machines become available.  Back to top

Mail Services

Correctly addressed first class mail is sorted into student mailboxes Monday through Friday by Datrose, Inc, an outside vendor contracted to manage residential mail and parcel delivery.

Packages are delivered Monday - Saturday to residential package rooms. Residents are notified of package deliveries via email or by package slip placed in their mailbox.

Packages and accountable mail (registered, certified, etc) are inventoried and addressees verified to be residents before any notification is sent to the resident to pick up a parcel.

Correct addressing of mail and packages is critical to insure prompt delivery to our residents. Residents can view their on campus mailing address by logging into Campus Express and choosing the "My Housing" tab.

The correct format for addressing mail for a particular College House or Sansom Place building can be found here.

Perishables:
Flowers, plants, fruit arrangements or baskets, baked goods or similar items should be sent only through local vendors or carriers. Residents having such items sent through the USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL do so at their own risk. Our Info Centers accept delivery of these items only when delivered by a local vendor. After the items are logged in, the Info Center will contact the resident for pick up. Residents are asked to pick up any perishable delivery as soon as possible.

High Volume Periods:
Alternate package notification may be used during high volume periods such as Move In.

Typically the resident may receive a package slip in their mailbox or a delivery list posted at an auxiliary pick-up location.

For questions about regular College House and Sansom Place academic year mail services, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For information about off-campus student package services or summer mail holding ONLY, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Back to top

Microfridges

Penn has partnered with Microfridge.com to offer our residents easy microfridge rentals. Roommates should collaborate on making a decision whether to rent a microfridge and limit microfridge rentals to one per apartment or room. Please note that Gregory comes already equipped with a microfridge in every unit.  Back to top

Moving Carts

Moving Carts are provided to residents through the Info Center on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Residents must sign-out their cart and sign the cart back in when they are done with it. There is a one-hour time limit for use of the cart during normal times and residents will have the option of renewing the cart if there are no other residents waiting to use the cart. Residents who return carts late or fail to return a cart are subject to fines.  Back to top

Renter's Insurance

Renter's Insurance
helps protect you from the cost of replacing your personal belongings in the event of a covered incident. We encourage residents to review any existing coverage through family homeowner or other policies. You may explore having a rental insurance rider added to an existing policy, or explore renter's insurance products through any reputable insurance company. Aspects to consider include the dollar amount of personal property coverage, the dollar amount of any deductible, the extent of replacement cost coverage, and the availability of personal liability coverage.

Storage

The University does not provide storage for resident belongings.

Residential Services partners with SchoolStorage.com to offer moving and storage services for the summer and/or semesters abroad. SchoolStorage.com has provided services at Penn for several years through Penn Student Agencies. SchoolStorage.com is the ONLY company that has an agreement with Penn through PSA and Residential Services.  Back to top

Telephone Service

Hard wire phone services are not available in residential rooms. Back to top

Wireless Services

AirPennNet is the university’s wireless network that provides secure Internet access in campus buildings and residence halls. AirPennNet uses 802.1X network encryption to secure your wireless communications. You will need to configure your device to use Penn’s wireless network before you connect to AirPennNet. Your PennKey user name and password is needed in order to successfully configure your device to connect to AirPennNet.

There is a configuration wizard available to help you configure your device for AirPennNet. When in a campus wireless zone, connect to the AirPennNet-Help wireless network. Next, launch your web browser and you will be routed to a web page that will step you through the configuration steps needed for AirPennNet.

Wireless resources are available for students living on and off campus at www.upenn.edu/computing/wireless/. Students should check with their schools for specific computing needs related to their academic studies.  Back to top