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.

Transportation & Parking


imagePenn Transit Services provides transportation around the core of the campus, West Philadelphia and Center City in the evening and late night hours. All services are free of charge with a valid PennCard. Services include bus service, door-to-door shuttle services, and accessible transit.

Uniformed professional security officers provide Walking Escort Service to campus locations 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Escorts will accompany you from one campus location to another, to a Penn Transit Stop, or to an on-campus SEPTA transit stop.

SEPTA Mass Transit is the public transportation serving the Philadelphia area. SEPTA maps and schedules are available online. Many subway, trolley and bus lines serve the campus area.

If you are planning to bring a car with you and hope to park it daily in a University lot, contact the Parking Office to learn about fees and available spaces. Parking is extremely limited on campus, so make arrangements as soon as possible.

Riding a bike instead of driving to Penn’s campus is a great way to not only save money, but also stay in shape. Penn has many bicycle racks throughout campus. See Penn Public Safety’s bicycle information for safety tips, how to register your bike, a list of campus bike racks, a regional bicycle map, and more. If you want to ride a bike only occasionally, you can sign up for PennCycle, the campus bike-sharing program.

During New Graduate Student Orientation, the Graduate Student Center offers seminars on SEPTA and Penn Transit. Our NSO website includes presentations from last year’s seminars, and a schedule of upcoming seminars to take place in August.