In Penn’s thriving residential community, professors and graduate students live among undergraduates, offering mentorship and contributing to the supportive and lively College House network.
Penn’s College Houses: Meet Friends & Mentors
Each College House has its own personality and unique programming, including regular concerts in scenic roof-top lounges, autumn apple picking, and late-night brunch, a perfect complement to Spring Fling. Building styles vary from the architecture of the historic Quadrangle, to suite-style residences, to 24-story tall high-rises with panoramic views. But in all College Houses, professors and graduate students live among undergraduates, offering mentorship and contributing to the intellectual energy. All Houses offer on-site tutoring and technology, as well as resources, facilities, and programming that support a stimulating, comfortable residential life, all within minutes of campus's center.
Program Communities: a Community Within a Community
Students may choose to enrich their College House experience with one of our themed programs. Penn’s thriving program communities include Ancient Studies, Cultures Collective, and the Integrated Studies Program. Each program offers the opportunity to live with others who share a common interest, and to enjoy formal and informal discussions, film screenings, meals, site visits throughout Philadelphia, group service work, and more.
Penn is a great place for foodies. Chefs pay special attention to the dietary needs of our students, all while cooking up healthy and fresh offerings daily. Try the all-you-can-eat brunch at Hill House Dining, coffee and pastries at student-run William's Cafe, and of course traditional Philly cheesesteaks from food trucks lining Spruce Street.
Penn’s Second-Year Experience: Housing & Dining
Two is better than one! Penn’s Second-Year Experience program includes a two-year housing and dining requirement. All Penn undergraduate students are required to live in on-campus housing for their first four semesters and participate in a dining plan.