Summer on Penn's Campus

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One of the best times to be on Penn’s campus is during the summer months! Our lush, green lawns, public art, fascinating architecture and beautifully landscaped outdoor spaces make Penn one of the most striking urban campuses you can explore while gaining an Ivy League education.

Campus resources

Right in the heart of Penn’s campus is one of the city’s unique art spaces. The Arthur Ross Gallery is free to all and has new installations throughout the year.

Calling all art aficionados! The Fisher Fine Arts Library is your #1 resource for information and research in contemporary and historic art, architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation, landscape architecture, studio art and urban design.

Catch the latest exhibitions by up-and-coming artists from around the world at the Institute for Contemporary Art, located just steps away from our bookstore and quad.

From group exercise classes to swimming pools to state-of-the-art fitness centers, Penn has everything you need to stay active this summer.

All Penn students receive free admission to one of the country’s finest ancient history museums.

Though Penn may be America’s first university, our facilities are anything but ancient. Enjoy modern academic buildings, gyms, dining halls and housing amidst the red brick charm of the Ivy League.

Along with being the University of Pennsylvania’s central library, Van Pelt is also home to the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

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.

If you’re an art lover, explore the different exhibitions at the Penn Museum, Van Pelt Library, Institute of Contemporary Art or Arthur Ross Gallery. You can also take in the Fisher Fine Arts Library—designed by a famed Philadelphia architect, the red sandstone, brick-and-terra-cotta Venetian Gothic building once served as Penn’s main library. It is just one of the several architecturally significant buildings you will find on campus.

While you’re on campus, take advantage of a self-guided campus tour (PDF) from Penn Admissions to discover our stunning facilities and public artwork.

Living on campus

While spending your summer at Penn, you can enjoy the tree-lined streets and parks all around campus as well as a plethora of academic and recreational activities that make life at Penn so exciting.

Penn Summer offers both on- and off-campus housing options for students. Enjoy state-of-the-art facilities perfect for relaxing, studying and making lifelong friends.

The safety and security of our campus are a top priority at the University of Pennsylvania. Our Public Safety program includes the Penn Police Department—the largest private police department in Pennsylvania.

At the center of campus, you’ll find some of the University’s most historic buildings like the Quadrangle as well as its most popular outdoor space, College Green.

Penn is located in the bustling Philadelphia neighborhood commonly referred to as University City. Penn offers a variety of summer housing options through our Dining and Hospitality Services to both current Penn students and visiting students.

If you are living on campus, you will enjoy housing that is secure, furnished, air-conditioned and equipped with high-speed internet. For students enrolled in Penn Summer Global Institute, your residence is on the west end of campus in Harnwell College House.

If you are a residential high school student taking part in one of the Penn Summer Academies or the Pre-College Program, your centrally-located home is within one of Penn’s modernized, fully air-conditioned dormitories, where our staff members are in residence with you.

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 more traditional low-rise buildings.

Penn’s impressive Division of Public Safety works alongside the campus community to keep our neighborhood safe.


There’s no shortage of places to eat on campus. From all-you-can-eat cafés to quick and easy markets, Penn dining plans have everything to fit your palate and budget.

For quick, easy and delicious meals on the go, stop the dozens of cafés all around campus.

All throughout campus, you’ll find global food trucks offering up tasty and affordable fare—it’s an absolute foodie must!

Go green this summer and buy your fruit, vegetables and bread at Penn’s farmer’s market that’s held every Wednesday at the corner of 36th and Walnut Streets.

There are plenty of picnic tables and outdoor seating around campus—perfect for an al fresco study session or lunch with friends.

While in residence, your meals may be included in a campus dining plan. In addition to the Penn dining facilities, there are multiple retail food outlets throughout campus. Get takeout items from one of our campus cafés, or visit the popular food truck vendors and enjoy the flavors of Penn at one of the many outdoor seating areas.

For more local dining options, check out the University City District dining guide detailing all the cuisine offered within walking distance of campus. You also have the option to pick up fresh items from area grocery stores and our on-campus farmer’s market located at the corner of 36th and Market Streets on Wednesdays.


Play a game of flag football, go for a run or work on your backhand with the city skyline as your background.

From primary care to women’s health and stress reduction, Penn has everything you need to stay healthy this summer.

Penn is home to one of the nation’s finest (and its first) hospitals dedicated to pediatric care, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

As a Penn Summer student, you are eligible for limited medical care 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 continuously ranked as one of the nation’s finest pediatric hospitals.

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3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

(215) 898-7326

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