Penn's residential system is comprised of twelve undergraduate College Houses and Sansom Place. Approximately 6000 undergraduate (58%) and 700 graduate (6%) students live on campus. Because the residential experience is an integral part of the Penn experience, all first-year undergraduate students, with the exception of LPS and Penn Nursing BSN Second Degree Program students, are required to live on campus and participate in the dining program. While housing is not guaranteed for upper-level students, space is generally available if students apply early and are flexible in their housing choices. As undergraduates progress through their upperclass years, more begin to choose off-campus apartments and houses within a few blocks of campus. The majority of graduate students live in West Philadelphia and Center City.
The College Houses offer distinct room-types, amenities, and communities. Options range from traditional single and double rooms that share a common hallway bathroom to suites and apartments offering more privacy, and in some cases, a living room and kitchen. Sansom Place is an apartment-style residence housing both graduate and upperclass students. The upperclass students live on contiguous floors in Sansom West. Learn more about these options by using the menu on the left. Refer to the appropriate rent schedule for room types and rates.