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Residential Life

Living on Campus

SAAST students are housed in the high-rise residence halls.  These air-conditioned residence halls provide a comfortable balance of privacy and camaraderie in central locations. Residents will stay in multi-occupancy guest suites and will have a private or shared bedroom. Each bedroom is equipped with a set of the following items: extra-long twin bed, desk, desk chair, lamp, and dresser. Due to space constraints, any additional furniture is discouraged.  The following items are NOT provided: sheets, pillows, blankets, towels, soap (laundry, dish, and bath), wastebasket, hamper, alarm clock, phone or computer. Amenities, such as linens, can be arranged at rates that are typically lower than economy hotel rooms. Residential Teaching Assistants (RTAs), supervised by a full-time Residential Director in the dorms and instructors in the classrooms, are current Penn undergraduates who live in the dorms with the students and serve as TAs in the classrooms.

More information about residential staff, housing, and dining will be available in the Spring. For general information about Penn's campus, please visit http://www.upenn.edu/campus/.

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.  SAAST students may live in any one of the following residence halls: Sansom Place West, Rodin, Harnwell, Harrison College Houses.


SAAST participants dine at 1920s Commons, Houston Market or at the College House dining halls.  Penn dining halls feature an all-you-can-eat menu, as well as an early-day menu.

Students with special dietary needs can be accommodated, however, the offerings may be limited due to the summer schedule. For more information, please contact the SAAST office at saast@seas.upenn.edu.

Public Safety

All entrances to the high-rise residence halls are monitored 24/7 by Penn Public Safety. Students must swipe their ID and enter a secure, private keycode to enter any residence halls. To learn more about security measures on Penn's campus, please visit: http://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/.