Living Options

Graduate Housing

Ideal for students who are new to Philadelphia and are in a one-to-two-year graduate program, on-campus housing at Penn is a student-focused community with a variety of opportunities to engage with other graduate students. The diversity of residents, including many international students, creates an active and stimulating environment. For the 2021-2022 academic year, all graduate students will be housed in Sansom Place. Sansom Place is an on-campus high-rise apartment building, conveniently located in close proximity to all campus facilities.

There are academic year lease options, and rent charges are included in the monthly billing statement sent by Student Registration and Financial Services. Our online application process makes it easy to find an on-campus home away from home.

Room Types
Sansom Place Single Shared Bath Room Layout

Single Rooms (1BR/Shared Bath/No KIT)

Total Number: 164
Sansom Place Single Apartment Layout

Single Apartments (1BR/LR/KIT)

Total Number: 93
Sansom Place Double Apartment Layout

Double Apartments (2BR/KIT)

Total Number: 82
Sansom Place Single Apartment Layout

Grad Plus Apartments (1BR/LR/KIT)

Total Number: 20
Sansom Place Triple Room Layout

Triple Rooms (3BR/Bath/No KIT/No LR)

Total Number: 11

What’s Included in Your Room

We believe one of the most important ways to feel at home is to make sure your room is equipped with everything you need. That means giving you a foundation, but also providing the space to make your room uniquely yours; a place to call home.

  • Bed (Twin Extra-Long 36x80x6)
  • Desk + Chair
  • Wardrobe
  • Dresser
  • Curtains
  • Sofa (in some units)
  • Table & Chairs (in some units)
  • Tile Flooring
  • Microwave (Units With Kitchen)
  • Microfridge (Units Without Kitchen)

Going Above and Beyond

Residents have access to a variety of spaces for studying to working out to hanging with friends.

  • Fitness Room
  • Community lounge with TV, foosball and ping pong tables
  • Pool table and TV lounge in lobby
  • Laundry Room

The Sansom Place Family

We recognize the varying interests of our graduate students, so we curate our living experiences and programs to meet those needs. 

Special Interest Communities, sometimes referred to as academic clustering, are floors where students in similar academic programs or who have shared academic interests are housed together. You can request a Special Interest Community on your housing application via MyHomeAtPenn. Students in related fields have priority for these spaces through May 15, 2021.

Special Interest Communities are available for:

  • Design
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences (Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Nursing)
  • Law
  • Social Work


Graduate Student FAQs

Everything You Need to Know

We've compiled the questions our graduate students often ask us. If there is something we haven't answered here, don't hesitate to reach out to us!

Occupancy terms are August XX – June 30 (the date in August changes annually).

Students may terminate their lease effective May 31, if their academic year is over. Rent will not be prorated for anyone leaving before May 31.

Students whose programs begin prior to the start of our occupancy term may request early arrival when applying.  Requests will be accommodated as space permits.  Rent will be prorated for the additional time in housing.  If your room will not be ready in time for early arrival, you may request short-term housing in our other residences that are used for summer housing.  Students who need to arrive one or two days prior to the start of the occupancy term for personal needs can typically be accommodated.  Early arrival information is updated on our website annually.  Prorated rent will be charged.

Because of the size of our apartments, families cannot be accommodated.  Students may apply to live with a spouse, partner, or significant other adult (18 or older) under our Grad Plus policy.  Please be aware that the apartments are the same size as those assigned to one individual.  The only difference is that the twin bed is replaced with a queen size bed.

The student and their spouse, partner, or significant other must come to the Housing Occupancy Office located in Stouffer Commons at 3702 Spruce Street to fill out a registration form and pick up a PennCard Request Form.  This should be done within 5 days of arriving on campus.  Please note, room keys will not be issued to the spouse, partner, or significant other until all of the registration steps are complete.


Once the registration form is complete, the student and the spouse, partner, or significant other will take the PennCard Request Form to the PennCard Center, located on the second floor of the Penn Book Store at 3601 Walnut Street, to receive a PennCard.  The spouse, partner, or significant other will be responsible for paying for the cost of the PennCard.


The spouse, partner, or significant other must return to the Housing Occupancy Office so that a copy of their new PennCard and their Penn ID number can be added to the registration form.


At this point the Housing Occupancy Office will add the additional resident to the housing system, linking them to the student’s room and mailbox.


An email will be sent to the Senior Residential Services Manager for Sansom Place to set up access to the building (both a room key and PennCard swipe access) and make sure the additional resident is officially registered with the mailroom.

Returning graduate students my apply via MyHomeAtPenn on specified dates. Generally, students can be accommodated in one of their choices if applying during the returning graduate period. New graduate students are assigned on a rolling basis starting in the beginning of April. Early application is encouraged in order to increase your chances of getting your desired room type and location. Space becomes limited as the summer progresses.

Students will only be assigned to requested room types. If your room type is not available, you may expand your choices.

Students assigned to apartments that contain multiple bedrooms will be assigned to a specific bedroom within the apartment.

Due to members of our staff currently working remotely off-campus, we are unable to offer tours of Sansom Place at this time.