House Life

Welcome to your College House!

New Quakers - welcome home!

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: Program Communities (PCs), Four-Year Houses and First-Year Houses.

Program Communities (PCs)

  • "One of the best decisions I have ever made."Program Communities (PCs) offer students the opportunity to live with students and faculty who share a passion for a particular subject. The College Houses offer PCs in several categories: World Cultures and LanguagesArts & Letters, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math),Identity & Self, and Leadership Development. Some PCs, known as Course Communities, even offer academic credit for participating.
  • You can learn more about the programs we have on offer here, and learn about how you can become part of a Theme Community or Course Community by visiting this link.  Our partner-department Residential Services hosts the application site.

Four-Year Houses

First-Year Houses

More stuff to think about

If you missed the Quaker Days presentation or want to see it again, here's a PDF of the slideshow we presented about College Houses, housing logistics, and your Penn Dining options.

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.

 Welcome Home! XOXO, Your College House