Moving to Philadelphia

Penn is situated in the University City section of West Philadelphia, just across the river from Center City Philadelphia. The city’s neighborhoods and suburbs offer a wide range of housing choices, nightlife, culture, and recreation. We encourage you to visit Philadelphia and explore its diverse neighborhoods.

Events and Calendar


Fontaine Society holds monthly social events for peer interaction and “Chat and Chews” with faculty. They sponsor travel awards and “Philly Nights Out” to sample local cultural offerings – plays, films, sports games, taprooms, etc. They also organize conferences and workshops to support academic work, like “Dissertation Bootcamp.” The annual Fontaine Dinner, for current members and “prospectives”, and “Celebration of Progress” are major social highlights. Fontaines partner with other student groups throughout the year, and many volunteer in service projects, such as the “Science Education Academy” for grade school students in West Philadelphia. See the calendar for details.