You’ll find a wide range of housing options throughout Philadelphia, all with easy access to campus.
Residences for MBA students on Penn’s campus include furnished studio efficiencies and two-bedroom apartments located in two high-rise graduate-student apartment buildings at Sansom Place. Explore your options and resources at Penn Residential Services.
Prospective students can visit apartments and houses throughout the city during Wharton’s Winter and Spring Welcome Weekends, our annual weekends for admitted students in February and April. Explore your options at Penn’s Off-Campus Services.
Where to Live?
Rittenhouse Square and Center City
Many students live near Rittenhouse Square, an elegant neighborhood over the bridge in Philadelphia’s Center City. A variety of apartment buildings and brownstones are available for rent within a 25-minute walk, or 10 to 15 minutes by public transportation or bike.
Other popular Philadelphia neighborhoods — including Old City, Queen Village, Northern Liberties, Bella Vista, Society Hill, and Fairmount — offer an eclectic mix of affordable and livable housing options, from historic townhouses to converted lofts.
Thousands of Penn students, faculty, and staff live in neighborhoods throughout University City, an area that offers rich ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity. Convenient to both the campus and Center City, the neighborhood has great restaurants, large apartments, and striking Victorian architecture.
Much of University City is in the eligible area for the Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania Partnership School(known as the Sadie School), a pre-K through eighth grade public school assisted by the University and the Penn Graduate School of Education. Opened in 2001, this neighborhood public school has been labeled a “gold standard” by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities for bringing the most effective, research-proven educational practices into the classroom.
Some students decide to live in the suburbs, particularly those with families, those with partners who work outside Philadelphia, and those who plan to remain in Philadelphia after graduation.
The towns in the near western suburbs along the Main Line, such as Bala Cynwyd, Narberth, Wynnewood, Ardmore, and Bryn Mawr, are close to campus (a 15-minute direct commuter train ride) and are known for excellent public schools. Other students choose suburbs to the north of Philadelphia or in New Jersey, also a train ride away.
Within the Philadelphia city limits, the residential neighborhoods of Germantown, Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy, Roxborough, Overbrook, and Wynnefield offer tree-lined streets, architectural charm, and family-friendly single and twin homes.
Wharton students travel from campus to other parts of the city on foot (it is a safe, pleasant walk from campus to Center City), by bike, or on Philadelphia’s comprehensive public transportation system, which includes buses, trolleys, and trains.
In addition, the University offers its own transportation options. PennBUS operates on a fixed schedule and an established route. Penn Shuttles operate between 6:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m., seven days per week, and provide riders with off-campus, “to-door” service within defined boundaries.
Safety and Security
Students at Wharton have safety concerns similar to those of students in any major city. Wharton operates under the careful eye of the Division of Public Safety at the University of Pennsylvania, which is committed to enhancing the quality of life of the campus community and operates a fully commissioned police force with state-of-the-art safety and security technology. For more information, visit Safety and Security at Penn’s website.