Moving Info

Before You Move In

Move-In is one of the most exciting times on campus, with over 6500 undergraduates and graduate students arriving for the Fall semester!

Whether you need to figure out what to bring or leave, or how to pack your belongings or what to do once you arrive, we have all of the information you’ll need to be best prepared for move-in. See our list below to find all of the answers to your questions, and rest assured when move-in day comes, we will be right there by your side. 

Campus Express is your one-stop location for many of your pre-moving needs, such as:


  • Arrival instructions will be linked to your assigned time. Maps to your building and remote parking will be available in mid-July.
  • Check your room diagrams and measurements. Find out about your House's room furnishings to help you decide what to bring. Click here to access our College House information. 
  • Check to see if you have a roommate, and make sure you coordinate with them on what you're bringing to your room.
  • Preregistration for guest passes will open in early July and close in early August.
  • New students can arrange for pre-made PennCards. These will be ready and available for you to pick up during the move-in period. Don't forget to upload your ID photo to Campus Express!

Make it even easier for you, your family and friends to move about campus! By preregistering your guests for move-in, they can access your residential building freely. Preregistered guests also receive a commemorative badge.


All guests, including family and friends, must present a valid form of photo ID to be signed in, and be accompanied by a building resident host. Minor aged (under 16) guests will be provided access if verified with the resident.


Please make sure that they know your room assignment and building. If you preregister for their guest passes on Campus Express, the guest passes will have your assignment information on the back of their pass.

Connected with your roommate? Making a list of what to bring and what to leave behind? Check below for recommendations and guidelines as you move into your building.

  • Lamps
  • Surge protector power strings (not extension cords)
  • Removable adhesives for room decorations
  • Minifridge at no larger than 4.5 cubic feet
  • Rent a combination minifridge/microwave from
  • Towels, washcloths, toiletries
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Sheets for a twin xl mattress (39 x 80 inches or 99 x 203 cm), mattress pad/topper, pillows
  • You can purchase your linens through Penn Student Agencies, which has a partnership with Our Campus Market to deliver linen purchases directly to room. Please visit for more information
  • Storage containers for your food to keep away unwanted pests

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

  • Can I ship packages before I arrive to campus?
    • Residents can begin shipping their non-essential items to campus two weeks ahead of their move-in date. Your mailing address is provided on Campus Express
    • During the first few weeks of the semester, Residential Services uses over-flow locations to help with the high volume of inventory. Please look at your package notice to see if your item is at a package trailer or a package room.
  • How can you get your packages to campus?
    • We recommend using UPS, DHL, or FedEx. USPS often has a longer process of getting items to campus.
    • If you're ordering from Amazon, we recommend using Amazon@Penn for optimum shipping and speed of delivery. Amazon@Penn offers a convenient location where anyone can visit to pick up and return Amazon orders.


  • Penn perk -- use PersonalShip for discounted rates!
    • PersonalShip allows you to ship your express mail packages via UPS and DHL at Penn’s discounted rates, resulting in significant savings on shipping costs.
    • More details about our mail services can be found here.

  • Need to Know: Moving Carts
    • On August 25 through 29, carts at the College Houses and Sansom Place East will be managed by Move-In staff to help make unloading go efficiently.
    • On other dates and times, a limited number of moving carts will be available for residents to borrow, either from an outside central location, or from the house Information Center.
    • If you borrow a cart, please be respectful of the needs of other residents by returning it in a timely way. A $450 charge may be assessed for carts returned late or not returned at all.
  • Need to Know: Dining Options
    • Penn Dining retail locations are available during Move-In.  New Student Orientation meals begin Thursday, August 27; regular meal plans begin Tuesday, September 1 (for Fall semester 2020).
    • Cash and credit can be used at all Penn Dining locations.
  • Need to Know: Penn Bookstore
    • Many items, as well as Penn gear, can be purchased at the Penn Bookstore or at other campus retail outlets.