Campus Housing

Location
Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
10,324
Tuition
$43,738
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Convenient, but lots of people choose to live off-campus junior or senior year.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are much more expensive than they should be. Though they can be slightly closer to classes than other housing options, the comfort of the rooms isn't enough to really be worth it, in my opinion. With a few important exceptions, there isn't too much of a sense of community in the upperclassman dorms unless you plan to have several rooms on the same floor with all your existing friends. The few exceptions, such as program floors like the Arts House in Harnwell and Rodin in general, can offer more social outlets although usually you already know the people you interact with from other activities anyway.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are dorms for everyone, from quiet, small halls to the large freshman-focused Quad to the high-rises, which offer apartment-style living for the more independent student. The housing process is easy, though not everyone gets their first choice.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Majority of the dorms are suite style so you have your own bathroom. Most are close to class buildings as well as places to eat. Study rooms in each building that help me study in peace and quiet.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Yes it's slightly old, but the quad provides an awesome social atmosphere for freshman. The high rises are fine for upperclassmen and the new dorms being constructed seem like they will be very nice as well.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 705th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 923rd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1155th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 1231st
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Perry Petra-Wong
Hometown
Pasadena, Calif.
Major
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
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Freshmen have little trouble meeting people whether they are in Kings Court/English House, Hill, or the Quad. Most people apply for the Quad as freshmen because they want a social atmosphere, but since many of these first-year students get placed in Kings Court/English House or Hill, these dorms end up being filled with friendly and social people as well. Ultimately, the Quad is the most popular not because of the likelihood of making friends, but rather, because of its central location, air conditioning, and relatively nice rooms. Kings Court and Hill, however, are self-sufficient. Both have dining halls and activity rooms that the Quad lacks.

DuBois is the perfect place for those interested in African-American studies, but in most people's opinion, its existence only promotes self-segregation of the African American student population from everyone else. The high-rises appeal to upperclassmen because they provide these students with kitchens and private bathrooms and bedrooms, as well as a close proximity to Fresh Grocer and the row of restaurants between Locust and Walnut. The amenities of each dorm are fairly ample; every dorm has laundry rooms, lounges, residential programs that sponsor trips and speakers, and much more. The quality of the rooms varies enormously. Some have sinks and fireplaces, while others could be used as a storage closet during the summer.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
6,700
Average Housing Costs
$7,952
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
64%
Number of Dormitories
11
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Ethernet access
  • Free access to the Penn Video Network, which has more than 65 channels, including many satellite, cable, and international channels
  • Local telephone service and free local calls
  • Mattress
  • Window coverings
Also Available
  • Community living
  • Dining table
  • In-room sink
  • Lamps
  • Residential Programs
  • Sofa
Available for Rent
MicroFridge Microwaves Minifridges
Did You Know?
The three high-rise dorms are positioned in such a way that the space between them forms a wind-tunnel, an architectural blooper that makes this part of Locust Walk a place to avoid during the cold winter months.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Fisher Hassenfeld (Upper Quad)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 461
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, limited number of multi-person suites
Special Features: The Spiegel Family Lobby; library, Class of 1972 Computer Lab, seminar room, 2 music practice rooms, Goldberg Media Lounge and kitchen, Dickey Lounge, Spitzer Lounge, Lippincott Lounge, Kasirer and Platt Lounge, Lane Fitness Center; Residential Programs: Healthy Living, Law and Society, Media and Communications.
Gregory
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 248
Bathrooms: In-Room
Coed: Yes
Residents: 45% first-year students
Room Types: Singles; 2-bedroom doubles; 4-bedroom quads; suite style
Special Features: Van Pelt Manor: seminar room, computer room, high-end computer lab, 4 lounges, kitchen, living room, 2 pianos, game equipment, television and VCR; Class of 1925: computer lab, study rooms, piano, the Greenhouse Lounge, kitchen, lounges with game equipment, TV lounge with projection television, multi-standard VCR and DVD, stereo system; Residential Programs: Film Culture Program, The Modern Languages Program.
Hamilton (High-Rise North)
Floors: 24
Number of Occupants: 795
Bathrooms: In-room
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students in Residential Program or grouped together on floors 10 and 11
Room Types: Singles, 1- and 2-bedroom doubles, 3 bedroom triples, 3- and 4-bedroom quads, suite and apartment style
Special Features: Rooftop Lounge; mezzanine lounge with pool tables, large screen TV and Cafe; study/TV lounges on even numbered floors; computer lab; seminar room; The Underground Lounge with two music practice rooms and exercise room; package room; seasonal air-conditioning; Residential Programs: Community Service, Music Performance and Composition Program.
Harnwell (High-Rise East)
Floors: 24
Number of Occupants: 772
Bathrooms: In-room
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students in Residential Program or grouped together on floors 7 and 8
Room Types: Singles, 1- and 2-bedroom doubles, 3-bedroom triples, 3- and 4-bedroom quads, suite and apartment style
Special Features: Penthouse Lounge with scheduled study hours, Class of 1921 Lounge (with large screen TV, vending machines, and pool tables), TV lounges on even-numbered floors (4-16, 20), Rathskeller performance/rehearsal space, dance gallery, computer lab, exercise room, classroom, music practice room, one grand piano and four uprights, ATM, seasonal air-conditioning, open for winter break; Residential Programs: Ancient Studies/University Museum, Arts House Residential Program, East Asia, International, Latin American.
Harrison (High-Rise South)
Floors: 24
Number of Occupants: 797
Bathrooms: In-room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshman Experience residential program
Room Types: Singles; 1- and 2-bedroom doubles; 3-bedroom triples; 3- and 4-bedroom quads; suite and apartment style
Special Features: Rooftop Lounge with coffee bar, Robinette Lounge (with pool tables, large screen TV, and study tables), TV lounges on even-numbered floors (2-16, 20), Café Prima, 24-hour computer laboratory, exercise room, classroom, laundry rooms, ATM, seasonal air- conditioning, DVD and video library; Residential Programs: Freshman Experience, Health and Fitness, Law and Society, Science and Technology Wing (STWing), Visual Arts, World Cinema.
Hill
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 508
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Hill has the highest number of freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, traditional dormitory style
Special Features: Computer room; classrooms; 3 pianos; large-screen TV and VCR; Harnwell Lounge; Bache and Hottel Library; game room; fully-equipped exercise room; pottery studio; coffee house; commissary; kitchens; ATM; service center for equipment sign out, postage stamps, transit tokens; Residential Programs: Exploring Philadelphia, Freshman Leadership at Penn, Hill College House Upperclass Board, Medical Care and Medical Challenge.
Kings Court/English College House
Floors: Kings Court - 4, English House - 5
Number of Occupants: 330
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Doubles; traditional dormitory style
Special Features: Kings Court: 5 lounges, game room, music practice room with piano; English House: courtyard, library, computer room, seminar room, electrical engineering and multimedia labs, Oasis commissary, coffeehouse, Class of 1938 Lounge, lounge with kitchenette, indoor bicycle storage; Residential Programs: Biosphere (The Active Experience), Huntsman Program for International Studies and Business, Perspectives in the Humanities, Science and Technology Wing (STWing).
Spruce (Lower Quad)
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 462
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, doubles, limited number of multi-person suites
Special Features: Hirsch Lobby, 2 libraries, Nussdorf Computer Lab, Class of 1938 Seminar Room, Ashhurst Seminar Room, 2 music practice rooms, Rosenstein Lounge, Provosts' Tower Lounge with kitchen, Finkelstein Lounge with TV and kitchen, Nussbaum/Weidmann Family Fitness Center, Creskoff Terrace; Residential Programs: Health and Fitness, Spruce Mentors.
Stouffer
Floors: Stouffer Hall - 2, Mayer Hall - 7
Number of Occupants: 293
Bathrooms: In-Room
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Stouffer Hall: singles, doubles; Mayer Hall: efficiencies, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Stouffer Hall: study rooms, computer lab, darkroom, 2 televisions with VCRs, piano, 6 lounges, kitchenettes with microwaves, pool table, foosball table, air hockey, basketball court; Mayer Hall: seminar room, computer lab, 2 TV lounges with VCRs, exercise room, pool table, ping-pong table, foosball table Residential Programs: Healthy Living
W.E.B DuBois College House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 169
Bathrooms: In-room
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles; 2-bedroom doubles; 3-bedroom triples; 3- and 4-bedroom quads; suite style
Special Features: Library, seminar rooms, computer lab, 2 large multipurpose rooms, piano, lounge with large screen TV, kitchen, ping pong table and exercise room; Residential Programs: Politics and Cultural Pluralism.
Ware (Lower Quad)
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 546
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles; doubles, limited number of multi-person suites
Special Features: Class of 2002 Parents Lobby, library, Class of 2001 Parents Computer Lab, Class of 1971 Seminar Room, Williams Music Practice Room, Intermezzo Music Practice Room, Memorial Tower Lounge with kitchen, Class of 1941 Lounge with kitchen, Rosenman Lounge with kitchen, Dickey Lounge, Said Lounge, Class of 2002 Lounge, Friedman Fitness Center, TV and VCR; Residential Programs: Conflict Resolution, Entrepreneurs' Residential Program, Readers' Corner, Study of Infectious Diseases, Women in Science, Women in Technology.

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