Helpful Things to Know

Computers and Equipment on Campus

PennDesign Information Technology (IT) Services

PennDesign’s IT Services provides technical support for all PennDesign students.  Visit their website for information on: computing policies; printing and plotting tips, fees, and policies; see schedules for the Meyerson Hall and Addams Hall computer labs; and reserve equipment.

Weigle Information Commons

Located on the first floor of the Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center, the Weigle Information Commons (WIC) is open to all Penn students Monday-Friday 8:30am-6pm.  The Vitale Digital Media Lab, which is open Monday-Friday 9am-5:45pm, is located inside the WIC and provides many services to Penn students including free video/audio equipment rentals, poster printing for a fee, group study room reservations (some with installed video technology), and document, large-scale, slide, and film scanning.

SAS Computing MultiMedia Services

Located in David Rittenhouse Laboratories, 209 S. 33rd Street, MultiMedia Services offers computer lab access to all Penn students. These computer labs have computers with ArcGIS and other software installed, but please note that Adobe Creative Suite is not available in these labs.

Bicycle Resources

Penn Campus Bike Map

Go to the Penn Campus Map here, and then click the “Biking Penn” button just above the map to see the biking-related items, such as bike lanes, racks, and repair station locations.

Bike Repair Stations

The stations include all of the tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. Hanging your bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments.  There are three (3) bike repair stations on campus:

34th and Chestnut Streets (in the outdoor parking lot on the northeast corner of the intersection)

34th Street between Walnut and Spruce Streets (by the Chemistry Building’s bike racks)

Walnut Street between 37th and 38th Streets (by the Pottruck Fitness Center’s bike racks)

Bike Sharing Stations

The Penn Community can take advantage of the City of Philadelphia's integrated bike share system, Indego.  This program features over 600 self-service bicycles and 70 bike share stations throughout Philadelphia.  Three stations are located on campus: at 40th and Spruce, near the University City Station Regional Rail Station, and 36th and Sansom. For more information about Indego, station locations throughout the City, membership registration, or a map of the city-wide docking stations, visit Philadelphia's bike share program website at www.RideIndego.com.

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

The Bicycle Coalition provides important information and resources for Philadelphia bicyclists which includes lists of bike shop locations and bike clubs and teams; maps of bike lanes, paths, and trails; and tips on commuting with your bike on SEPTA, bike laws and symbols, locking and theft, and what to do if you are involved in a crash

Penn Transit Services

Penn Shuttles and Buses

Shuttle service is available to anyone with a PennCard and provides transportation free of charge to and from Transit Stops and West Philadelphia, Center City and Powelton Village, within defined boundaries. Penn Transit schedules can be seen here and a live map of all Penn Transit routes and stops can be seen on www.pennrides.com. There are also on-call shuttles that operate as requested by patrons and can be requested by calling (215) 898-RIDE (7433).

Penn Bus East and Penn Bus West operate Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., year round except for holidays observed by the University of Pennsylvania. The Penn Bus will pick up and deliver passengers only at designated Transit Stops on campus and at any intersection with a stop sign or light along its off-campus route.

Penn Accessible Transit (PAT)

Penn Accessible Transit (PAT) is a service of Penn Transit, which provides transportation within service boundaries for persons with disabilities. To obtain pre-approval to use PAT, students should contact the Office of Student Disabilities Services at 215-573-9235.

Public Transportation Student Discounts

Penn offers discounts to full-time students for SEPTA and New Jersey Transit.  Please see the Penn Transit Services website for more information on purchasing a PennPass.

Penn Walking Escort Service

The 24/7 Walking Escort Service offers public safety officers as walking escorts to all locations between 30th and 43rd Streets and Market Street to Baltimore Avenue.  Additionally, escorts are available from 10:00am until 3:00am between 30th and 50th Streets and Spring Garden Street to Woodland Avenue via the University’s partnership with the University District Ambassador Program. Call 215-898-WALK (9255) to request a walking escort 24/7.

Parking

Philadelphia Residential Parking Permits

Students living off-campus on a street with permit parking can see how to apply for a residential parking permit here.

Penn Campus Parking Permits

Students may purchase a campus parking permit on an annual or semester basis through CampusExpress.  For more information about applying for a permit and the associated fees, please see the Penn Parking Services website.

Amazon@Penn

Amazon@Penn offers the Penn community a convenient and secure location to pick up and return Amazon orders, including virtually everything one needs, from everyday essentials to technology. Additionally, Amazon Student and Prime members will receive free same-day pickup for orders placed by noon on over two million items. Amazon@Penn is open seven days a week, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and on Saturday-Sunday from noon-9 p.m. Learn more at penn.amazon.com.

Local Restaurants and Food Trucks

Check out our list of restaurants and food trucks in the University City area here.