Housing and dining experiences for Penn students will be markedly different in the upcoming academic year, due to precautions the University is implementing to keep students physically distant while maintaining a sense of community.
Penn is providing housing for all first- and second-year students who already had a room assignment. There will be only one person occupying each bedroom and a maximum of six sharing a bathroom. That plan has necessitated placing third- and fourth-year students in Sansom Place East, a campus high-rise that traditionally houses graduate students, or in off-campus housing through master leases secured by the University.
First-year students are typically required to live on campus, but the University has waived that requirement for those who live locally and feel they would do better commuting, as well as those who want to remain home and take all their classes remotely.
Because eating, like sleeping, is something people do without a mask, the dining experience will be very different as well. At the beginning of the school year, rather than indoor dining and group seating, meals will be prepackaged and ready for pickup, or students can pre-order using the Penn Eats Mobile App.
Penn Today spoke with Marie Witt, vice president of business services, about housing and dining plans.