Not surprisingly, alcohol and marijuana are common and easily obtained at Penn. However, students feel that the drug scene is easy to avoid if you simply do not make an effort to become involved in it. Since very few people have cars on campus, designated drivers are not necessary, which may decrease the number of sober people at parties. There are, of course, other drugs of choice among smaller groups of students. Cocaine, ecstasy, and opium are among those that can be found on campus in some instances, but it seems that most students make it through their Penn career without coming in contact with any of these.
It is easy to set your own standard of drug use while you are here. If you do not drink or do drugs at all, you will not necessarily feel deterred from going to parties, joining a fraternity, or finding people to hang out with. On the other hand, if drugs are a part of your every day life, you can find people to smoke with all the time. Besides alcohol, marijuana is the most common drug, and there is a relatively large amount of people who smoke at least occasionally. If you are into harder drugs, you can still find them, but you'll have to search a little bit harder than you would have to for beer and pot. Some say that if you join the rumored "drug frat," you should be all set.