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.

Family Resources


imageBringing your family with you to graduate school can be stressful as you navigate options in a new city. See resources page for students with children to get information on local daycare options, schools, healthcare, and more.

Once you’ve arrived on campus, you’ll want to register with the University’s Family Resource Center, which is a hub for information, resources, activities, and advocacy for students with children. The Family Center provides a welcoming environment for Penn students and their children, as well as designated caregivers. The space includes a children’s play area complete with toys, books, stuffed animals; a lactation room; and a community bulletin board. Join the community of Penn student families throught the Family Resource Center!

The University also provides many other support mechanisms for students with children, including a Student-Parent Mentoring Program, a Family Grant Program for PhD Students, Emergency Backup Child Care, playdates, and more. See the resources page for students with children page to for more details on how you and your family will be supported within the Penn community.