Graduate Students

Philadelphia is a diverse city of vibrant neighborhoods offering a wide array of housing options for students.  The first choice Penn students make is whether to live on campus in University housing or to live within the larger community.  Residential Services and Off-Campus Services strive to provide information and assistance to support either decision.

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On-Campus Housing

Sansom Place, a set of two on-campus high-rise apartment buildings, is conveniently located with close proximity to all campus facilities.  Living on campus affords students many opportunities to become engaged in a close-knit, student-focused community.  The diversity of residents, including many international students, creates an active and stimulating environment.  Living on campus has many advantages:

  • Easy, online application process
  • Academic-year lease options, with summer housing available
  • Furnished rooms and apartments with all utilities included
  • 24-hour security and front desk services
  • Easy payment options - rent charges are included in the monthly billing statement sent by Student Registration and Financial Services

Off-Campus Housing

Living off campus affords students the opportunity to become integrated into a local community outside of Penn. There are many housing options to choose from and students should begin their search early to find one that meets their budget and lifestyle. Off-Campus Services provides a number of resources to help graduate students locate appropriate off-campus housing:


  • Online, interactive property listing database
  • Roommate search module
  • Tips on evaluating a property
  • Individualized counseling
  • Neighborhood profile videos