Moving Info

Before You Move In

Move-In is one of the most exciting times on campus, with over 6500 undergraduate 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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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: 

  • Axis
  • 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 


Microwave in kitchens and Microfridge in non-kitchen suites: 

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


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


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. Residents can register their guests via the RHS Portal.


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 Dormify. 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.

  • Hoverboards, electronic scooters, electronic bikes and other types of e-mobility devices (possession and use) *Exception – Wheelchairs, for persons who use a wheelchair
  • 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. 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.

  • Need to Know: Moving Carts
    • 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: Penn Bookstore
    • Many items, as well as Penn gear, can be purchased at the Penn Bookstore or at other campus retail outlets.