housing & dining

with a multitude of housing and dining options both on and off-campus, all members of the university community can find the accommodations that make penn feel like home.


student housing and related services
penn's college houses provide supportive residential communities which enable undergraduate students to experience the university's intellectual variety and strengths outside the classroom.

housing options
penn’s residential system is comprised of twelve undergraduate college houses and sansom place. approximately 5,500 undergraduates live on campus. the college houses offer distinct room types, amenities, and communities – making it easy to find what’s right for you.

temporary housing
although reasonably priced short-term housing near campus is in very short supply, off-campus services can provide listings of hostels, student residences, bed and breakfasts, and hotels in the area.

penn home ownership services
phos offers extensive resources and services to eligible employees interested in moving to the greater west philadelphia neighborhood.

off-campus services
assistance and resources for penn students, faculty, and staff who seek or currently occupy off-campus housing.

accommodations for visitors
a number of campus, center city and airport hotels offer special rates for individuals or groups visiting penn. the inn at penn, the sheraton philadelphia university city hotel and penn residence hall guest accommodations offer the most convenience for campus visitors.


penn dining
penn dining ensures the delivery of high-quality food at a variety of venues, each of which helps create a sense of community and comfort among faculty, staff, and students.

retail dining on campus
in partnership with bon appétit, penn dining oversees 10 retail establishments across campus, which include an array of cafés, markets, and grocers.

food trucks and carts
food vending is a penn tradition that dates back to when the university was predominantly a commuter school. today, vending activity around campus includes more than 90 trucks, carts, and tables selling a wide selection of foods.

university club
membership to the university club, located in the inn at penn, is open to penn faculty, staff, alumni, graduate students, emeritus faculty, and retired staff. membership privileges include complimentary morning refreshments, access to a reasonably priced lunch buffet, and preferred discounts.

shop penn
covering ten city blocks across penn’s campus are hundreds of retail shops, restaurants, and distinctly west philly attractions for students and tourists alike. from quick grab-and-go meals to fine dining experiences, retail splurges or just the essentials, shop penn is a great day trip or resource for the penn community.