Whether you’re a first-year student who is required to live in the college houses or you’re an upperclassmen student searching for apartments near campus there are plenty of options out there. Penn offers a variety of housing options for students including studio apartments, multi-bedroom apartments and houses. The university has a housing resource center that can help you find the right apartment and answer any questions you may have about upenn housing.
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If Penn wants to retain its mandatory housing policy for sophomores — a policy that remains controversial because of the high cost to families — it should provide safe, stable housing that meets the minimum standards of decent living. Sprinklers that go off in Lauder, the evacuation of a building at Harrison and rodent sightings at Kings Court English House are not the kind of experience that should be expected in student housing.
While the University can’t control the decisions of private landlords, it can make sure that the University’s own buildings are well maintained. In this regard, it seems the administration is falling short.
A housing fair geared toward undergraduates will be held on Thursday, May 6 at Houston Hall to make it easier for students and their parents to learn about the housing options available. Real estate agents, mortgage lenders and credit counselors will be on hand to answer questions. The event is sponsored by Penn Home Ownership Services. In addition to its own property ownership programs, Penn helps students buy homes in West Philly and provides financial assistance for those interested.