Where should I live?
There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to what area of the city makes you and your student feel most comfortable. While many partners and their families choose to live in Center City, there are Wharton students living in all parts of the city and its suburbs. Be sure to check out our Neighborhoods page for characteristics and insights into popular living areas.
If you choose to live in the city, housing choices usually fall into two categories: apartment buildings and brownstones. When you’re on the housing hunt, we recommend looking at both options and talking with other Wharton students and partners to learn about their experiences. The Wharton Partners Club will also offer an apartment tour during both of our Welcome Weekends, so you can visit the homes of current Wharton partners to compare different areas of town and housing options. If you have pets, don’t forget to ask if a building allows cats or dogs.
In our experience, partners haven’t had much luck with paid apartment-finding services. There are plenty of free internet searches, apartment books around town and the experiences of the Wharton family to help you find the perfect place to call home. Be sure to check out our list of resources below to aid your search!
- This guide is the most up-to-date descriptions and reviews of many of the most popular buildings for Wharton students
- Chattersource is a website with reviews from current Penn students on housing, local vendors and discounts around Philadelphia. It compiles and publishes the Wharton Housing Guides above
- Centra Associates
- Janis Dubin, Prudential agent with properties in Center City
- Main: 610.688.4310
- Cell: 215.920.2116
- Email: JanisDubin@aol.com
- Statistical snapshots of schools, crime risk and cost of living for hundreds of U.S. cities
- Off-Campus Living Office at 4046 Walnut St.
- They have many listings for all types of living arrangements, information is updated weekly and their service is free
- The Philly Apartment Company Team
- Philadelphia Inquirer
- Philly’s primary newspaper