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.


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.


Sansom Place East – 3600 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19014

Please note that your assignment in Sansom Place East is not your assignment for the full academic year. Students housed in Sansom Place East will transition to Sansom Place West the weekend of August 13-15.


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 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.



You can have 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.

The guest pass will be for two-hours. Your guest must leave promptly at the conclusion of the two-hour timeslot. Your guest is not able to stay overnight or enter the building again.  Guests should remain with their hosts throughout the move-in process. Guests are not permitted to accompany students into the testing sites.


Testing Upon Arrival (Gateway Testing)

Following move-in to Sansom Place, you should proceed to either the Du Bois Field or Houston Hall testing sites for your arrival testing. A map of the testing locations can be found on the Testing Sites and Hours page. For more information about the testing process, including instructions on how to prepare for your test, visit

If you do not have your PennCard, please be sure to have your 8-digit PennID and a photo ID with you.

Please note: you must refrain from eating, drinking, tooth brushing, mouth washing, gum chewing, vaping, and tobacco use for at least 30 minutes before your test. You must also arrive “hands-free” during the testing process. Storage of personal possessions will not be available. Please arrive with your mask on and your PennCard.

More information about COVID testing and other wellness questions can be found on the University’s COVID-19 website. You can also follow the University’s COVID-19 social media channels @COVIDPenn on Twitter and Instagram.



On-campus students will be required to get vaccinated for the Fall 2021 semester. Please note that at this time, Penn strongly encourages students to get whatever vaccine is available to them. If a vaccine series is started that is not available in the US, Penn encourages you to finish that vaccine series before traveling to the US. The University’s website has the most up-to-date information about which vaccines are accepted, as well as other important information about testing and vaccines.