Residential & Guest Access

In order to access the College Houses and Sansom Place, residents must present and swipe their PennCard and enter a 4-digit PAC code to pass through the security portal. The PAC code is a unique PIN that is randomly assigned to each resident.

Click to view your PAC Code, and if desired, to change it.

It is important that you do not share your PAC with others in order to protect the safety and security of our residences.

A mobile version of this application can be found at

Guest Access

Visitors to the residences must sign in with a photo ID and be accompanied at all times by their resident host who must carry their valid PennCard. A host is responsible for their guests at all times.

A Penn host must be verified and approved by the Information Center Specialist or security guard. Guests should be prepared to show some form of acceptable photo ID on request, including government issued cards, student photo ID, etc. Following approval, guests will be registered and permitted to enter. Hosts are expected to remain with their guests. To better accommodate residents' guests who need repeated access to a specific residence for 1- 3 days, a special guest pass system exists. Access is renewable, but the resident host must still accompany their long-term guest. Distribution of guest passes is handled at all Information Centers.

Once a resident has registered a guest and received a pass, the guest must display the pass and a photo ID each time s/he enters the residence. Special access requests can be made at any Information Center.

PennCard access is restricted between 2 am and 6 am to “residents only.” Residents who have forgotten or otherwise do not have their PennCards will be expected to have their access verified at the Information Center. Residents should familiarize themselves with access procedures in order to instruct guests appropriately.