Summer Institute Student Life & Housing
Spend your summer in the coolest city in America.
Anchored on the vibrant Avenue of the Arts, our campus is located in the cultural district of Center City—the heart of downtown Philadelphia. During your summer at UArts, you'll immerse yourself in creating and grow artistically. But creativity doesn’t stop when classes end. Between impromptu jam sessions and open studios, you'll find yourself creating something new with a classmate from the other side of the world or exploring one of the world-class museums, theaters, or concert halls—all within a short walk from campus—with teachers and friends.
Life @ UArts
Residence Halls & Community Advisors
The apartment-style residence halls come with private bathrooms and air conditioning in each unit. Bedrooms are equipped with a bed, dresser, and desk for each student. Summer Institute students will reside in either Juniper Hall or Spruce Hall. Juniper Hall features shared bedrooms for 2 - 4 students, with a common area and kitchen, while Spruce Hall features large studio apartments shared by 2 students with a kitchenette. Male-identifying and female-identifying students reside on separate floors within a residence hall.
Each residence hall has laundry facilities on every floor. The cost of each wash is $1.25 and $.50 for 30 minutes of drying.
All residence halls are supervised by professional UArts staff, including Community Advisors (CAs) and Hall Directors. Students will become well acquainted with their CA, who will provide guidance about the city, the school, or life in general. A public safety officer is stationed in the residence halls 24 hours per day, and students use their UArts photo ID to gain access to their residence hall. No guests are permitted in the residence halls.
For photos of the Residence Halls, visit our Flickr page.
Apartment & Roommate Assignment
Housing assignments are based on gender identity, program length, academic program, and student comments on the housing form. Female-identifying students and male-identifying students live on separate floors of the residence halls.
The University does not share roommate information prior to move-in due to student privacy. Every effort is made to accommodate mutual requests for students to reside together. In such cases, each student's name must appear on the other student’s housing form and be signed by parents. Students must be admitted to programs of the same duration. These requests must be made at the time of application.
Students & parents should plan to make their own transportation arrangements to and from campus. Residential move-in is Sunday, July 5 from 12 pm - 2 pm. Housing cannot be provided before this date. Early arrivals are not encouraged. Final check-out from residence halls varies by program of study. For planning purposes, students should expect to leave campus by 6 pm on the last day of their program.
There are a number of trained undergraduate students and professional staff members who reside in the residence halls and supervise students in the Pre-College Summer Institute. All residential staff report to the Director of Residence Life, who is actively engaged in the welfare of Pre-College Summer Institute students.
Students are in classes Monday - Friday with evening workshops, open studios, and activities each evening and optional off-campus field trips on Saturdays. Free time is provided for lunch, between classes, before curfew, and on weekends (primarily on Sundays).
Residential and Academic Building Security
Each UArts residence hall is staffed with a security officer 24-hours per day to ensure the safety and welfare of Pre-College students. Only Pre-College students who live in a residence hall are permitted to enter the residence hall. Pre-College students must wear UArts issued ID cards that include their residence hall. No guests are permitted in the residence halls at any time, with the exception of parents on move-in and move-out days only. Academic buildings are staffed with security officers during building hours, and only those with a UArts ID or building pass are permitted inside the buildings.
More about Safety @ UArts
Residential Curfew & Nightly Check-In
For safety purposes, all students are required to observe a weekday and weekend residential curfew and check-in. Check-in time is 10:00 pm on weekdays and weekends. Students who miss check-in are in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may be dismissed.
Specific Housing Orientations for parents and students are held on the evening of move-in. Parent Orientation is optional, although highly recommended. It takes place simultaneously to the CA floor meeting, which residential students attend at 2:30 pm on Sunday, July 5. Parent Orientation addresses issues of safety, security and student life, as well as academic issues.
All students attend a mandatory Housing Orientation designed to provide residential students with information regarding campus resources, rules and regulations pertaining to residential life, as well as personal safety on and around the University campus.
Residential Meal Plans include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday - Saturday; brunch and dinner on Sundays.
Commuter Meal Plans are optional and include lunch Monday through Friday.
Meal plans include all you can eat freshly prepared salads, deli sandwiches, pasta dishes, pizzas, and more. A selection of vegan, vegetarian, and dairy-free options are offered daily and many dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Commuters who do not purchase the meal plan are not able to eat in the dining hall. If a student's class is held in Anderson Hall, they can eat a packed lunch on the Mezzanine level lounge and if a student's class is in Terra Hall, they can eat in the 16th-floor lounge. There are tables and chairs for students to enjoy their meals comfortably on campus. Also, students may go to Hamilton Hall and enjoy one of our shaded, outdoor courtyards.
In addition to the meal plan, students can enjoy take-out or dining from one of the many restaurants Philadelphia has to offer.
Learn more: Dining Services
UArts is dedicated to keeping all Pre-College students safe and healthy. Health Services are administered by a certified nurse on campus, at no extra cost to the student. Counseling services are also available to students who need or want assistance. Students who need emergency care are taken to Jefferson Hospital, located just a few blocks from campus, at the student’s expense.
All students are required to submit health forms, insurance information, and immunization reports before arriving on campus. The Director of Health Services will review all medical information before the start of the summer program to ensure that all student needs can be met.
More about Health & Wellness @ UArts
Our facilities are a mix of historic and contemporary buildings which have been redesigned and updated to meet the needs of artists and performers. All academic buildings are located along the Avenue of the Arts. Each campus classroom, studio, lab, performance space, and gallery is air-conditioned.
UArts’ extensive on-campus library includes a collection of books, magazines, films, slides, music and more. Philadelphia’s Free Library is also a wonderful resource and is located just a few blocks away from campus.
Student lounges provide areas for students to relax and socialize with other students. There are lounges located throughout campus and a large Pre-College Summer lounge located on the first floor of the Juniper Residence Hall. The Pre-College Summer lounge includes couches and chairs, flat-screen TVs, game consoles, movies and board games, and an eating area.
Residential and Commuter students are expected to attend all classes, rehearsals, and required trips and activities, including those scheduled on Saturdays. Sunday activities are optional. All residential students are expected to stay on campus for the duration of the program, including each weekend. There is no weekend release.