Move In Info

Moving to Penn is a major event in a student's life, and we understand that it is an event for families as well. The following pages provide helpful information about getting to campus, moving into your College House, and essential student services

Move In Dates and Times & Extenuating Circumstances

New Student Orientation (NSO) begins Wednesday, August 22, 2018 for all new students, with some specific populations (international, transfer, exchange, and/or FGLI students) having events before then, on Tuesday, August 21.

Penn wants new students to experience a warm, enthusiastic, and efficient Move In to Penn. To best ensure this, most new residents have been assigned a move in time on Wednesday, August 22. International freshmen, exchange students, transfer students, FGLI freshmen, and disabled students will be able to move in on Tuesday, August 21. Students may find their assigned Move In time slot on Campus Express. We encourage new students and their families to plan to arrive within their assigned date and time, so that we can provide the best resources to make moving in go smoothly

Those with substantial extenuating circumstances should contact us at for information about exceptions to their assigned date. Services and support will be limited for those approved to arrive prior to their assigned date, i.e. assistance with finding parking, unloading and so on will not be available.


Many of the items you will need are available on campus at the Penn Bookstore. Also, Residential Services partners with an outside company to offer MicroFridge rentals. Refer to the Residence Policy specific to your College House for more information on bringing your own electric appliances. Click here for directions to local stores where you'll be able to pick up all the essentials for dorm life. 

When you move in, members of the College House Computing staff will be there to help you with setting up your computer and making sure you have the latest in virus and spyware protection on your computer. More information about computing can be found on the Computing page

Packages and Mail

Residents will frequently ship items to campus to ease the move-in task. Penn offers great options that add convenience and reduce costs for shipping to Penn. For more information, visit Residential Services to learn about how to access Penn’s PersonalShip savings, leverage Amazon@Penn benefits, and to otherwise expedite parcel pickup from move in satellite parcel trailers at the Quad/Stouffer and Hamilton Village.


If you have any further questions about the move-in process, please contact Residential Services at or visit the Move-In page.