As you know, it's time to start thinking about where you want to live during your first year at Penn. You have three great options: Residential Programs (RPs), Four-Year Houses and First-Year Houses.
- Residential Programs (RPs) offer students the opportunity to live with students and faculty who share a passion for a particular subject. The College Houses offer RPs in several categories: World Cultures and Languages, the Arts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Liberal Arts, Identity Exploration, and Leadership Development.
You can learn more about the programs we have on offer here, and learn about how you can become part of a Residential Program by visiting this link. Our partner-department Residential Services hosts the application site.
- Four-Year Houses have a mix of seniors, juniors, sophomores and first-years living in them, which gives these communities a flavor all their own. Many first-years who choose to live in these Houses love it so much they decide to stay for all four years.
The Four-Year Houses include:
- First-Year Houses are another popular option that offers a "traditional" transition into life at the University.
The First-Year Houses are:
If you've wondered about what the bathroom situation might be in your new College House, or whether choosing your own roommate would be better than being assigned a roomie, check out our handy guide here. If you haven't ever had to share a living space with anyone else, or even if you have, you might want to check out our tips for navigating the roommate relationship.
If you're having trouble falling asleep, you can review the handy rundown of Housing policies in the Residential Handbook. (Seriously, though, it's good stuff to know before you get here!)
And if you're ready to start getting hyped about New Student Orientation—a week of activities which offers way more fun than it may sound like—you can see what's in store for you here.
Your House Dean, Faculty Director, and your RA/GA really are eager to make your acquaintance as you dive in to the Penn experience. The links to the left can help you explore the many possibilities you'll find available to you once you're on campus and in your House. Your College House can become the hub that supports your academic and social life, and we can't wait to help you get started.
For instructions on filling out your Housing application, don't forget to visit our partners at Residential Services.