Campus and Housing

Penn's campus is located in the University City neighborhood of West Philadelphia. There are a wide range of housing options available in Philadelphia, and Penn GSE students live both on campus and throughout the city and nearby suburbs.

Penn student housing

On-Campus Housing

Graduate students looking to live on Penn's campus in West Philadelphia have several options, including on-campus housing in Sansom Place and Graduate Associate positions in the undergraduate College Houses. 

Sansom Place
On-campus housing for graduate students is available in Sansom Place, a high-rise residential community conveniently located on Penn's campus. Units include fully furnished single rooms and apartments. Sansom Place can be a great option for graduate students new to Penn or the Philadelphia area. Graduate students can also apply to work in Sansom Place as a Sansom Advisor — leading residential activities and creating a welcoming environment for residents — and receive free housing in the building.

Graduate Associate positions
Graduate Associates are live-in staff members in Penn's twelve undergraduate College Houses who receive free housing. Graduate Associates fulfill responsibilities similar to those of Resident Advisors and are expected to advise, assist, and mentor the undergraduate residents, as well as organize House activities. Graduate students enrolled in a full-time degree-granting program are eligible to apply for GA positions.

Row houses in West Philadelphia.

Off-Campus Housing

Graduate students looking to live off-campus in Philadelphia will find many options to consider based on preferences in location, type and size of unit, and amenities. The Office of Off-Campus Services provides a database of rental listings, roommate matching, and useful information on the housing search process.

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A busy walkway on Penn's campus.

Campus Safety

Penn’s Division of Public Safety is responsible for providing comprehensive safety and security services for the campus and surrounding community. The Division delivers a comprehensive and integrated safety and security program in partnership with the community they serve. For detailed information about the collection of crime statistics required by the Clery Act, visit the Division of Public Safety’s Clery Act & Crime Reporting page.