Room Information

While every effort will be made to meet a resident’s preference, the University reserves the right to make all assignments of rooms and roommates and does so without regard to age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation. 

What’s in your room

Room Features and Furnishings

  • All residential rooms include the following for each resident:
  • Extra-long twin bed (36” x 80”)
  • Desk and desk chair
  • Dresser and/or wardrobe
  • Cable television connection
  • Data port for internet and network connection

What to bring

  • Alarm clock
  • Bed linens (extra-long sheets fit best)
  • Blanket, comforter and pillows
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Desk lamp
  • Laundry basket and supplies
  • Telephone
  • Wastebasket

Things to Consider Bringing

  • Area Rugs
  • Computer
  • Fan
  • Fun-tac adhesive for pictures
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Stereo and television
  • Surge protectors and/or power strips

Prohibited Items

  • Air conditioners
  • Halogen lamps and sunlamps
  • Hot plates, heating coils
  • Microwave ovens (except in townhouses and apartments)
  • Open-flame items such as candles and incense
  • Pets (except for small fish)
  • Toaster ovens
  • Waterbeds

Room Rates 2016-2017

Residence Halls     $5,870
  Mott - Premium Double     $6,090
  Mott - Single     $6,490
  Mott - Premium Single     $7,040
Townhouses     $8,250
  Independence Plaza     $8,660
  Falls Center
     Studio     $9,150
     1 BR 1 Person & 2 BR 2 Person     $9,150
     1 BR 2 Person & 2 BR & 3 BR     $8,660

Additional Information

Refrigerator and MicroFridge Program

During the summer months, students receive rental information for refrigerators and refrigerator/microwave combination units through a non-University vendor. Refrigerators are available in a small refrigerator unit or a combination unit containing a refrigerator, freezer and microwave. Residents also have the option to bring their own refrigerator unit up to 4.3 cubic feet in size, but may only have microwaves offered through the rental program. Rooms are only permitted one refrigerator per room. Residents in 4 – 5 person rooms may have two 4.3 cubic feet refrigerators.

Residents of the Townhouses and Independence Plaza may bring their own microwave up to .6 cubic feet in size with a maximum of 700W cook and 300W defrost capability.

Decorating Your Room - Residence Hall Linens

Our residence hall mattresses are twin extra-long. To insure you have the right size linens, we have made special arrangements with Residence Halls Linens.  They provide a wide selection, affordable prices, and free shipping on most orders. Their linens are guaranteed until graduation. Residence Hall Linens backs their products with a "Guarantee until Graduation." If for any reason you are not completely satisfied at any time during college, your money will be refunded.

Cars on Campus
Only students with twenty-four (24) or more credits may have a car on campus. Parking on Main Campus is limited; students living on Main Campus may be required to park in the Ravenhill parking area. For more information please visit Parking at PhilaU.

The University works with a vendor ( that provides safes for students to rent or purchase. These safes are not installed in the room but are secured via a cable.

The University does not provide storage for students at any time. Any summer storage should be arranged by the student on his/her own. The Office of Residence Life can provide information about local storage companies.

Mail Services
The University provides each student with an individual campus mailbox. Please refer to the Student Handbook available online for specific information and services.

Information Technology
The University provides each student with an individual email account and voicemail box in their residence area. For more specific information regarding on-campus technology and computer-network services, please refer to the Office of Information Technology website and the Student Handbook.