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. 

Haven't been to campus before? Check out this campus map for information about parking garages and street directions.

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

Information about Fall 2022 move-in will be updated over the summer. For move-in dates, 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)
  • New College House West 
  • 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.


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 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 registering your guests for move-in! You can register for your guest passes on RHS Portal.

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.