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Summer on Penn’s Campus

Summer on Penn Campus

Summer is one of the best times to be at Penn. Our public art, fascinating architecture, and beautiful outdoor spaces make ours one of the Ivy League’s most striking urban campuses.

Campus resources

From 11 library facilities and fitness centers to the 24-acre Penn Park, Penn’s campus offers you an outstanding array of resources where you can access everything from academic advising to recreational facilities.

Art and architecture

Arts lovers can explore Penn’s galleries and performing arts centers and the Fisher Fine Arts Library. Designed by a famed Philadelphia architect, the Library is just one of several architecturally significant buildings you will find on campus. While you’re here, take advantage of a self-guided campus tour and visit them all.

Living on campus

Located in the Philadelphia neighborhood of University City, Penn offers a variety of summer housing options through our Dining and Hospitality Services to both current Penn students and undergraduates from other US institutions.

Students taking undergraduate courses who wish to live on campus are offered housing in Hamilton Village, a mix of high-rise apartment-style buildings and traditional low-rise buildings. Students enrolled in Penn Summer Global Institute live on the west end of campus in Harnwell College House. Residential high school students taking part in one of the Penn Summer Academies or the Pre-College Program are housed within one of Penn’s dormitories, where staff members are in residence.

All Penn housing is secure, furnished, air-conditioned, and equipped with high-speed internet. And Penn’s Division of Public Safety works alongside the campus community to keep our neighborhood safe.


While in residence, your meals may be included in a campus dining plan. In addition to Penn dining facilities, there are retail food outlets throughout campus. Get takeout items from one of our campus cafés, visit popular food truck vendors, or pick up fresh items from area grocery stores and our weekly on-campus farmers’ market.

For more local dining options, check out the University City District dining guide.


As a Penn Summer student, you are eligible for certain medical services through Penn’s Student Health Services. 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.