All incoming freshmen are required to live on-campus because of the convenience and safety of campus housing. Penn has a system of college houses and each house fosters a very warm and welcoming sense of community. The four most popular freshman houses are:
Quadrangle (made up of Fisher Hassenfeld, Riepe, and Ware)
Kings Court English College House
New College House
Hill College House
The other college houses that are open to freshmen are Stouffer, Gregory, W. E. B. Dubois, and Harrison (only members of the Freshman Experience Program can live in Harrison). Each college house also offers residential programs (for instance, the Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program in Ware and the Freshman Experience program in Harrison), which freshmen can apply to. Students admitted to a program live together (on the same floor) with people of similar interests. The housing application is available online from your Applicant Portal starting April 1. For more information on housing options for incoming freshman, refer to the Penn Residential Services Website.
Note: An important factor to consider in your decision is that all the College Houses with the exception of the high rises (Harnwell, Harrison, and Rodin) are closed over Winter Break. If you live in one of the other houses and expect to stay in the US over winter break, you will need to find a host to stay with for the duration of the break. All houses are closed over the summer. AIS, however, does run a Winter Housing Program, offering a limited amount of housing that international students can apply for over the Winter Break.
Winter Break Housing Program
Residential & Hospitality Services will house students at Sansom West Place for free over Winter Break. If you are staying on campus over break, you can now start to register for Winter Housing.
Housing Eligibility requirements for students to participate in Winter Break Housing Program:
The residents must have a Fall 2018 and a Spring 2019 housing assignment in the College House system.
The Spring 2019 housing assignment must be a College House that is closing during Winter Break (Du Bois; Gregory - Class of 25, Van Pelt; Kings Court; English House; Hill; Mayer; New College House; Stouffer; Quad - Riepe, Fisher Hassenfeld, Ware).
Residents are staying on campus for the majority of Winter Break, as the program is not intended for extension of Fall semester or early move-in of Spring semester.
Residents will need to log-in to the following site with their PennKey username and Password: www.upenn.edu/rhsportal, and select the option for Low Rise students. The link will be open until Noon on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.
Residents’ requests will be reviewed by university administrators and the residents will receive communication back indicating whether or not their request was approved by the close of business on Monday, December 17, 2018.
Residents will receive their Winter Break housing assignment from the Assembly of International Students by the close of business on December 19, 2018.