Campus Life

Campus Life

Campus Life

Life at Penn

Joining the Penn community means learning—and, for some students, living—in the heart of the vibrant University City district, a neighborhood full of restaurants, shops, parks, cafés, libraries, and museums. Whether you’re commuting to campus, logging on to online programs, or staying in a residence hall for the summer, high school students can experience the best of what Penn has to offer: world-class resources, peers from around the world, and the support of a vibrant academic community.

For up to date information about safety and COVID-19 protocols, please visit the Penn Coronavirus website.

Opportunities on campus

Discover an outstanding array of resources where you can access everything from academic support to recreational facilities: library facilities, fitness centers, galleries and performing arts centers, outdoor art, impressive historic and modern architecture, and the 24-acre Penn Park. While you’re on campus, take advantage of a self-guided campus tour and visit them all.

Learn moreabout Penn’s arts and culture

Campus safety and security

Penn takes student safety seriously and has policies in place to ensure that students are safe day to day—and in the case of an emergency. The Division of Public Safety is a central source for information about police, fire, and emergency services, and security services. They also include assistance like 24/7 walking escorts and special victim services.

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Health and wellness

The University of Pennsylvania is an institution dedicated to its community’s health at every level. For residential high school students, after-hours emergency or urgent care is provided nearby at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s finest pediatric hospitals.

Learn more about Penn’s health and wellness services

Shopping and dining

While on campus, students can take explore the SHOP PENN district—10+ blocks of retail dining, shopping, and entertainment. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite on the way to class or to stock up on books and supplies, everything you need is walkable, convenient, and focused on student needs.

Learn more about SHOP PENN