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Conference Housing

High-rise Residence Halls   |  Traditional Dormitory Style Residence Halls

Penn provides conference residence hall housing for Penn students, visiting students enrolled in summer courses, and internal or external groups from May through August. Our residence halls provide a comfortable balance of privacy and camaraderie in central locations.

Options for guests include:

  • Air-conditioned high-rise residence halls featuring apartment-style floor plans
  • Single apartments Shared single-bedroom apartments with capacities from one to four people
  • Air-conditioned, traditional style dormitories
  • Non air-conditioned, traditional style dormitories

Amenities
Depending on the size, length, and nature of your program, amenities such as linen can be arranged at rates that aretypically even lower than economy hotel rooms.

Harnwell House

High-rise Residence Halls

Offering a total capacity to accommodate 2,317 residents, Penn's high-rise residence halls welcome guests to apartment-style living with breathtaking views of the city, in attractive accommodations offering wall-to-wall carpeting, air conditioning, private bathrooms and many with kitchens.

Rodin, Harnwell, and Harrison College Houses
Each resident is supplied with a bed, desk and chair, and a dresser. Additional room furnishings vary depending on the type of room. Rooms in Harnwell, Harrison and Rodin College Houses are furnished. For those who prefer a private bathroom or cooking facilities within their own room, the high rises are ideal.

Each has its own public facilities, including lounges, and laundries. Many have special amenities such as commissaries, pool tables, ATMs, coffee houses, vending machines, recreational equipment and more.

In all of the College Houses, safety is of the utmost importance. Security staff are stationed at the entrances around the clock. House Managers, and a full complement of housekeeping and maintenance staff are available in case of an emergency. Visitors are welcome, but they must be signed in by residents.

Other guest furnishings include a twin, extra -long (36"x80") bed, desk, chair, one chest of drawers and wall mounted bookshelves.

Sansom Place West
Sansom Place West is a fully furnished, air conditioned apartment-style high-rise primarily accommodating Penn's graduate resident community with the privacy and quiet grad students need to pursue their advanced degrees. Conveniently located, residents have easy access to all University facilities, restaurants, convenience stores and other services. 24-hour security and a well-trained, live-in staff round out an active and stimulating environment.

Residents and Conference Guests have their questions answered by an Information Center Specialist 24 hours a day. Access to Sansom Place is limited to residents and their guests. Guest furnishings include a twin, extra -long (36"x80") bed, desk, chair, one chest of drawers and wall mounted bookshelves. Sansom Place West room type options include:

  • Double (two bedroom) apartments accommodating two single individuals sharing a bathroom. Some units have a kitchenette and dining area.
  • Single rooms that share a bathroom with one other room.

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Traditional Dormitory Style Residence Halls

The QuadThe Quad
The Quad environment is truly remarkable. Made up of over 28 interlocking building, combined into 3 distinct personalites known as college houses... Riepe, Fisher Hassenfeld and Ware. Each College house can accommodate between 450-550 guests in a variety of room configurations.

A little history...

The buildings that constitute today's Riepe College House gather around two sheltering courtyards at the eastern end of the historic Quadrangle. Built in several phases during the early twentieth century, they adopt the distinctive mixture of later medieval and early Renaissance forms that architects Walter Cope and John Stewardson invented for the earlier parts of the dormitory complex. The buildings that follow Spruce Street were built in 1904-1910 and Thomas Penn (named for William Penn's second son) and Cleemann were designed and erected in 1912-1914 with the rest of the "Baby Quad" in 1926-1929.

Fisher Hassenfeld College House surrounds the western or "Upper" Quad and includes the University's oldest, built in 1895-1900. With their design, architects perfected the charming vocabulary of English medieval forms that would come to be called "Collegiate Gothic" at Penn and around the world. The cluster of buildings that make up Fisher Hassenfeld College House are collectively called Goldberg House, honoring the generosity of Wendy and Leonard Goldberg. In 2002, the House received an extraordinary gift from alumni Alan Hassenfeld and Jerome and Anne Fisher, whose combined names create a strong new tradition in Penn's historic Quad.

The quadruple-turreted Tudor Memorial Tower entranceway, or Ware College House was designed and completed in 1900 just in time to commemorate Pennsylvanians who perished in the Spanish- American War. The buildings to the south and east were built over the next few years, but it was only in 1954 that the University completed the south range with the construction of Butcher and Speakman. The breezy eclecticism of the original buildings was now out of fashion, but the simplified style that was adopted respects the older work.

The size and configuration of rooms and suites in The Quad Houses vary greatly with a combination of amenities that may include libraries, music practice rooms, computer labs, study rooms, and lounges. These amenities are deeply important to the quality of life and help unite guest residents as a community.

Security staff are stationed at the entrances around the clock. House Managers, and a full complement of housekeeping and maintenance staff are available in case of an emergency. Visitors are welcome, but they must be signed in by residents.

Other per guest furnishings include a twin, extra -long (36"x80") bed, desk, chair, one chest of drawers and bookshelves.

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Window on the Quad

Window overlooking the Quad.

 



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