Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Biomedical Postdoctoral Council

New Postdoc Resources

After arriving at the University of Pennsylvania

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Specific Issues

  • Housing Options
    • The Office of Off-Campus Living has an excellent database of rental places. It is also a very useful source of practical information about the practical things you need to know before signing the lease. You can also go to their office at 4046 Walnut, Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm.

    • Make sure you pay attention to lease renewal terms. Some companies expect you to renew lease up to 6 months ahead of your end of lease. BPC postdocs can get special lease renewal terms at New Horizons Housing (4101 Baltimore Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19104)
    • My apartment map has ain interactive map, so that students can easily find housing near campus . It even shows nearby grocery stores, public transportation, and other amenities
    • Other useful websites to check out apartment listings in the Philadelphia area are:,
  • Day care/ Childcare options: Penn Children’s Center is open to all University Faculty, staff and students.
  • Public Transportation:
    • On Campus: Various services are provided for the transportation of employees to/from campus.
      • It includes Pennbus, Penn Shuttle, PAT (handivan) and walking escort. Information can be found on the Transportations services website.
      • LUCY With a valid ID you can use this SEPTA service to loop through the campus, 30th street station and other stops in the University city area
    • Off Campus: SEPTA is the network of public transportation of Philadelphia and most of the useful information can be found on their website. SEPTA includes:
      • Rail Service: R2, R3 and R1 lines directly stop at the University City Station. You can connect to these trains at 30thStreet Station. Monthly passes range from $100- $150.
      • Trolley service connects to the University on Spruce Street.
      • Numerous bus routes operate through the University City Area
      • Passes and trolley tokens are sold at the University Transportation office at Suite 447A, 3401 Walnut St. Tel (215) 898-8667 or on the second floor of the Penn Bookstore
  • Parking
    • Access to parking on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania is provided through the Department of Transportation and Parking, which manages and operates a number of visitor and permit parking facilities. Be warned that the waiting list for postdocs for most faculty-permit garages can be as long as 3 years!
  • Public Safety:
    • The University of Pennsylvania Division of Public Safety includes Penn police. The emergency number from campus is 511 and 215-573-3333 from off campus
    • RAD: The Rape Aggression Defense System is a free service offered by Penn Police dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics
  • Social Interaction and Recreation:
  • University of Pennsylvania resources:
    • The campus map is very useful to find your way around the University of Pennsylvania campus
    • Check the Resource related links for Postdocs in this website
  • Contact information: Here is a link to some important telephone numbers
  • Philadelphia resources:

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Contact Us!

If you have any questions, suggestions or recommendations on any issues affecting Postdocs at the University of Pennsylvania please contact the council at

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