Community 13

If I get assigned a room (ex. too small) I don't like in the Quad freshman year, can I request to change or relocate to another room?

Yes but I think the chance of the request being granted is pretty low. I think once you see your room in person, regardless of where you're living, you'll find it to be decently sized. I lived in Hill double, which is one of the smallest rooms on campus, and it didn't feel small since you spend so much of your time outside of your room.

Zesty Zebra, May 23 2019, 4:57 PM

What is the best College House in the Quad to get a single?

Ware, for sure.

Absent Aardvark, April 19th 12:08 AM

I had a single in Ware my freshman year. It was depressingly tiny, but also pretty cosy. One thing that annoyed me a little was that my friend who lived one floor above me also had a single and it was twice the size of my room.

Rumbling Raccoon, April 25th 1:35 AM

Where are the best study spots on/off campus? What are the best coffee shops in the area? What are the best study spots for studying late?

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Angsty Armadillo, April 16th 2019 11:23 AM

What apartments are safe, affordable ($700 or less) and close to campus? What resources can I use to look for affordable apartments near campus?

I don't know of any specific apartments, but Penn has an Off Campus Housing Search website to help students find housing.

Zesty Zebra, April 15th, 2019, 3:11 PM

Just a heads up, finding something for $700 or less is going to be next to impossible for an apartment. I think if you are devoted to this price range, look around 42nd street (or farther).

Angsty Armadillo, April 16th 2019 11:20 AM

Does living in a single during freshman year hinder your social life at all?

Not at all. Almost all of my friends are from clubs or classes, so living in a single hasn't impacted me at all. It's true that having a roommate might make it easier to expand friend groups (although it's a 50/50 whether you like your roommate in the first place), but I don't think it's that important to having a good social life at Penn.

Absent Aardvark, April 15th 8:42 PM

I lived in a single my freshman year and it was a FANTASTIC choice. It was great to have my own space to go back to and just chill. If you can foster a close hall community (which is also 50/50) having a single makes no difference. I hung out with my hall literally everyday in our lounge and essentially was just back in my room to sleep.

Angsty Armadillo, April 16th 11:17 AM

What is the Science and Technology Wing? Are residential programs worth it?

The Science and Technology Wing is a residential program on the second floor of Kings Court College House.  STWing (as they call it) is the only mixed residence hall in Kings Court, meaning that freshmen and underclassmen can live there (all the other halls are freshman-only).  I lived elsewhere in Kings Court, but it seemed like a pretty tight-knit community interested in video games, nerdy things, etc.  I lived in residential programs for my first two years of college, and I personally think it's a strategic way to get a specific location and to have something in common with your hallmates.  However I would not expect too much from residential programs, because most people end up feeling like their program did not host many events.  

Friendly Fox, April 15 2019, 10:10 PM

Do I have to be a Wharton student to join Penn's Business Fraternities? (freshman year)

Nope! Two of my friends in Engineering received bids for business frats. Definitely not a requirement.

Zesty Zebra, April 15th 2019, 3:09 PM

Are residential programs worth it?

It's cool how many residential programs there are at Penn. :) I've heard that some are great; people become good friends, plus there are cool opportunities to explore your interests (trips, workshops, etc.). However, my experience was not amazing... I think it depends a bit on the RA (or whoever leads your residential program) and the size of your hall. I was happy that I got into a really competitive residential program in the Quad, but in the end, we only maybe had 2 events related to the program (besides free food every few weeks), and since my hall was so big, I felt a bit overwhelmed and didn't get close to anyone. The people in my hall are all unique and brilliant, so I regret not making more of an effort to get to know them.

Wallowing Whale, April 14, 2019, 6:50PM

Opinion on senior societies?

I recently joined a senior society - there are a good amount at Penn! But, I wasn't super attached to getting in. I found myself naturally wanting to reach out to the people who were already in this senior society because I thought what they've done / worked on at Penn is so cool! I've talked to my junior friends about their thoughts on senior societies as well, and generally all of us feel like it's a great way to get to meet new people in your last year at Penn, but none of us put too much pressure on ourselves on getting in. It's been a bit of an ongoing struggle for me to "find my community" at Penn, so I'll say that I am quite happy that I got into this senior society :) I feel accepted here.

Wallowing Whale, April 14, 2019 6:20PM

How are introverts treated at Penn (it's the "social ivy") and what suggestions do you have for making friends at Penn?

There's plenty of ways to hang out with friends without being in huge groups or going out/partying/drinking. I'm an introvert myself and I love having time to myself to do what I enjoy, whether it be watching TV, cooking, or having a spa night with friends! Penn being a "social ivy" just means you have more options for those instances when you do want to go out, but you can meet plenty of people with tendencies like you through clubs, mutual friends, your major, or even randomly hitting people up you don't know well to coffee chat :) I met the bulk of my friends through clubs!

Chunky Chipmunk, April 12 2019 8:05PM