About the College House at Sansom West


The College House at Sansom West

3600 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106
House Office: (215) 573-0850  •  

 "A House with a Wider View"

Residents chatting in Sansom loungeThe College House at Sansom West is a community of sophomores, juniors and seniors who enjoy the privacy that high-rise living affords but also appreciate the camaraderie, engagement and fun that comes from living with smart people who are plugged in to the best that Penn and Philadelphia have to offer.

The resident Faculty Director, House Fellows, House Dean, Resident Advisors and Graduate Associates are dedicated individuals interested in providing personal and professional developmental opportunities for upperclass students. The city that we live in is vibrant, diverse, and exciting, and the community at Sansom West is right in the middle of it. House staff and faculty have a special commitment to Philadelphia, providing residents with the chance to get exposure to local politics and service opportunities while helping them gain an understanding of the social and political structures of the City of Brotherly Love. 

Sample Sansom room

Programming will include excursions with guides to local sporting events, restaurants, theater, shopping destinations and historical sites. While many in the community are from hometowns far away, it is not uncommon for Philadelphia natives to join in the fun and learn more about the city they grew up in. Additionally, with the support of the staff, the House residents are encouraged to plan, design and offer unique programs and activities showcasing their passions and expertise!

A sixteen-story high-rise on the north edge of campus, the College House at Sansom West offers easy access to classes, shopping, dining and entertainment; the House also offers convenient coinless laundry facilities and an in-House computer lab with full-time ITA support.