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. 

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For information about the University's COVID-19 response, as well as updated guidance and expectations, please click here.


Some of the College Houses have a microfridge or microwave in the rooms. If you want to bring your own microfridge, they can be no larger than 4.5 cubic feet. You can rent a combination minifridge/microwave from

One Microfridge per Suite: 

  • Lauder College House
  • Gregory College House (Van Pelt and Class of 1925)
  • Gutmann College House 
  • Harnwell College House, Harrison College House, and Rodin College House rooms without kitchens 
  • Sansom Place West rooms without kitchens 


Microwave in kitchens and Microfridge in non-kitchen suites: 

  • Sansom Place West
  • Harnwell College House
  • Harrison College House
  • Rodin College House
  • Stouffer College House, Mayer Hall
  • Du Bois College House


Microfridges will not be provided in Fisher Hassenfeld College House, Riepe College House, Ware College House, Hill College House, Kings Court English College House, or Stouffer College House, Stouffer Hall.


New Residents
Starting June 15:
 View and Confirm Room Assignment via Campus Express.
Due July 17:  Apply for your PennCard via Campus Express.

All Residents
Starting June 21: Select Arrival Time via MyHomeAtPenn.
Starting August 1: Register your guests via RHS Portal.

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

  • 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 on August 1.
  • For new students: in order ensure that your check-in process at move-in goes smoothly, you must apply for your PennCard through Campus Express by submitting your photo on-line by July 17, 2021

Make it even easier for you, your family and friends to move about campus by registering your guests for move-in! You can register for your guest passes on RHS Portal starting on August 1.

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


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.


For a comprehensive packing list, click here.


  • Lamps
  • Surge protector power strings (not extension cords)
  • Removable adhesives for room decorations
  • 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. Please visit for more information
  • Storage containers for your food to keep away unwanted pests

Some of the College Houses have a microfridge or microwaves in the rooms. If you want to bring your own microfridge, they can be no larger than 4.5 cubic feet. You can rent a combination minifridge/microwave from

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

You have two addresses! A building address for ordering services like food deliveries and rideshares and a mailing address for receiving mail and packages.


Your mailing address is provided on Campus Express and on our website.

Residents can begin shipping their non-essential items to campus two weeks ahead of their move-in date. 

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.

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.


Sansom Place West– 3650 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19014

Checking In

In order to check into Sansom Place and enter the building, you will need to have your passport, other photo ID, or your PennCard,

If you are an incoming graduate student and do not have a PennCard, please click here for instructions on receiving your PennCard.

To officially check in, please go to Sansom Place’s Information Center, located in the lobby of the building.



Carts will be available in your residential building. Students will be able to sign-out one cart to help move their belongings.



Please note that staff will not be available to assist with street parking. If parking spots are available, you can park per the city’s parking guidelines. If street parking is not available, there are parking garages available.



We encourage guests to bring no more than two guests to help with move-in. You can sign in your guest upon arrival at your building’s Information Center. Please note that your guest must have a photo ID in order to be signed in as a guest.

Your guest is not able to stay overnight. Guests should remain with their hosts throughout the move-in process.