Spring 2021 Move-In

We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus! Please find important information below regarding move-in timeslots, shipping, and preparations for arriving to campus. We will continue to share information with you via our website, and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and will contact you directly with as new information or updates become available.

Spring 2021 move-in dates are January 10 through January 17.

Students can select their timeslot via MyHomeAtPenn. All students who are moving onto campus must select a two-hour timeslot in order to move in. This will allow us to provide a smooth and efficient move-in experience while also following physical distancing guidelines and other health protocols.  

Timeslots are for two-hours. We are unable to approve extended timeslots, so please plan accordingly.

In order to provide a smooth and efficient move-in experience while also following physical distancing guidelines and other health protocols, we are not able to provide early arrivals for residents. If you have questions about your move-in time, please email living@upenn.edu with subject line “Move-In Date.”

We are able to accommodate late move ins through March 1. Please email living@upenn.edu with the subject line “Late arrival.”  We also recommend reaching out to your academic advisor about your late arrival. 

Residents are allowed one guest to assist with move in. No additional guests will be allowed on campus or in the residential buildings. The guest will need to leave campus once the resident’s timeslot concludes. More information about registering your guest will be sent to you in December.

Residents can ship packages to campus up to 2 weeks before their move-in date. 

Please review the proper mailing addresses for on-campus residential buildings here.

To learn more about Amazon@Penn and PersonalShip, click here.

For questions about regular College House and Sansom Place academic year mail services: email housingmail@lists.upenn.edu

When preparing to move to Penn this spring, you may be wondering what you should pack. Students should be mindful that they will only have two-hours to move-in, bringing no more than two suitcases with them. We recommend that students ship bigger essential items to campus ahead of their arrival. 

If you find you need a few more items after you’ve settled into campus, you can order items to be shipped to campus or check out the inventory of room essentials at the Penn Bookstore.


Here is a list to help remember what to pack.

The Essentials

  • Computer or Laptop
  • Cell Phone
  • Chargers
  • Clothes
  • Hangers
  • Rain Gear & Umbrella
  • Bedding
  • Mattress Pad
  • Pillows
  • Surge Protector
  • Alarm Clock
  • First Aid Kit

What You Need to Stay Clean

  • Laundry Bag or Basket
  • Detergent
  • Wastebasket
  • Trash Bags
  • Recycling Bin
  • Towels
  • Soap & Toiletries
  • Shower Caddy
  • Shower Shoes
  • Tissues
  • Wet Wipes
  • Broom & Mop
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Disinfectant Spray

Regarding Food

  • Reusable Plates, Bowls, & Utensils
  • Reusable Cups & Mugs
  • Water Bottle

Just a Few Extras

  • Floor & Desk Lamps, LED/CFL Lightbulbs
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Calculator & School Supplies
  • Storage
  • Headphones
  • Mirror
  • Fan
  • Water Pitcher
  • Clothes Drying Rack

In order to make the most of your two-hour timeslot and to plan ahead for move-out, we are highly encouraging residents to only pack their residential essentials.

Additionally, creating and maintaining a safe environment is of the utmost importance to Residential Services and College Houses & Academic Services. Here are some items that are prohibited in the College Houses. Be sure to review our Residential Handbook to get specifics.

  • Pets (except fish in a small tank)
  • Candles, incense, anything that burns or creates smoke
  • Multi-plug converters, lightweight extension cords
  • Prohibited appliances (listed on our website)
  • Halogen lamps, black lights
  • Air conditioners
  • Any heavy-duty appliances/electrical equipment
  • Space heater

We also ask that you reconsider bringing large or bulky items, such as a personal printer, rugs, or televisions.

The University will be providing one microfridge (mini-fridge/freezer and microwave) in each on-campus room or suite without a kitchen or kitchenette. For apartments with kitchens, the University will be providing microwaves.

Please click here for more information about the microfridges.

Free street parking will be available for 2 hours.

Quad/Stouffer Zone

38th and Spruce to 36th and Spruce, both sides of Spruce St.

Hamilton Village Zone (Du Bois, Harnwell, Harrison, Rodin, and Stouffer-Mayer)

38th and Spruce to 40th and Spruce, both sides of Spruce St.

39th and Walnut to 40th and Walnut, South side

Limited parking on East side of 40th between Hamilton Walk and Spruce St.

Hill/Lauder Zone

North Side of Walnut between 33rd and 34th

West Side of 34th St. between Chestnut and Walnut Sts.

South Side of Chestnut between 33rd and 34th Sts.

Kings Court English/Sansom Zone

South Side of Chestnut St. between 37th and 36th

Both sides of 36th St. between Chestnut and Sansom St.

North Side of Sansom between 36th St. and Moravian Court

First-year and transfer students will pick up their cards at Move-In.

If you are moving onto campus, we will place your stored items in your room in advance of your arrival. If you are living off-campus, your assigned moving company will deliver your items to your local, off-campus apartment.