Visit the Center

Located in the heart of campus at 3615 Locust Walk, the Graduate Student Center is the centrally-located home for graduate and professional students at Penn. Students are invited to relax, work, and enjoy the Center and its resources.

Our Space

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Your Space on Penn's Campus

The Grad Center provides a centrally-located space to relax, eat lunch, and connect with other graduate and professional students from across the university. 

The Welfer Common Room, located on the main floor, is the Grad Center's primary space for hanging out. Whether you come for relaxation or work, its comfortable couches, large tables, Andy Wu fireplace, coffee service, and signature French doors overlooking Locust Walk make it the perfect place to connect with Penn's graduate community.

Stop in to use the printer or connect wirelessly to the Internet. The latest editions of the New York Times, and the Chronicle of Higher Education are available. The Welfer Common Room is always staffed with a friendly Grad Center Fellow available to answer your questions or assist you with registration for upcoming events.

Use Policies 

  • The Graduate Center is a space for all current Penn Graduate and Professional students and their guests. 
    • Other Penn students, postdocs, and visitors can access the Center as the guest of a graduate or professional student.
    • You may be asked to show PennID at any time.  
  • Graduate and professional students and their guests can study, meet informally, socialize, nap, enjoy coffee and tea, or enjoy their own food and drinks during operating hours. After hours access is not permitted.
  • Graduate students can hold small informal meetings in the Common Room or meeting rooms when space is available and providing that their activities do not disrupt the other users of the Center. 
  • Very occasionally, the Welfer Common Room is used for events sponsored by the Office of the Provost or Grad Center programs open to all graduate and professional students. Signs will be posted in the room when such uses are scheduled.
  • Postering  and flyers are restricted to the bulletin boards at the ground level entryway. Postering or leafletting in other Grad Center spaces is not permitted. 
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Free Coffee and Tea

Famous for Keeping It Fresh and Free

The Graduate Student Center is perhaps best known and loved for providing free coffee and tea every day, all day in the Welfer Common Room. 

  • Free coffee and tea are for Penn graduate and professional students and their guests only.
  • BYOM: You need to Bring Your Own Mug to fill up.
    • If you didn’t BYOM, you can purchase a travel mug or a paper cup ($1). The Fellow at the Main Desk will be delighted to assist you with this transaction.
  • Although our beverage service is free, your voluntary donations are always appreciated and help to defray costs.
  • Other yummie items, such as sushi, salads, sandwiches, snacks and drinks, can be purchased at the Gnome's Cafe in back of the Welfer Common Room.
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Study and Meeting Rooms

We have study and meeting rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors that are available to reserve Monday – Friday during normal Graduate Student Center hours.

As long as space is not reserved, you can use and share the space with other graduate students for quiet study or a group meeting.

See all of our available rooms and spaces and submit a reservation request on our reservations page.  

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Gnome's Cafe

Bon Appetit and the Grad Center present Gnome's Cafe, a little place to catch a quick bite or snack. Conveniently located in the back bar of the Welfer Common Room, Gnome's Cafe features a range of breakfast pastries, sandwiches, and snacks!

Gnome's Cafe is open each weekday (M-F) from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

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Location and Hours

Graduate Student Center
3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221
215-746-6868
gradcenter@upenn.edu

Academic Year Hours

Welfer Common Room

Monday - Thursday: 8:30AM - 7:30PM
Friday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
Saturday-Sunday: 12PM - 6PM

Second & Third Floors

Monday - Thursday: 8:30AM - 7:00PM
Friday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED

Summer Hours

Welfer Common Room

Monday-Friday: 10 AM-5 PM
Weekends: CLOSED

Second & Third Floors

CLOSED

The Grad Center is closed for all University recognized holidays and closings. View the official academic calendar at almanac.upenn.edu/penn-academic-calendar.

Get directions, accessibility information, and maps on the Penn Facilities website. The Grad Center focuses on the importance of both virtual access and facilities access. Read our full accessibility statement here

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Additional Resources

Book Swap

The third floor lobby features book swap shelves where you can drop off the book you've finished reading or pick up something new to read! 

Wireless Internet (Wifi)

Wireless broadband Internet service is available throughout the Grad Center building.

For instructions and assistance connecting to AirPennNet, visit the TechCenter website. If you continue to have difficulty, please email help@isc.upenn.edu or call 215-573-4778. 

Wireless Internet service at the Graduate Student Center was made possible, in part, through a generous contribution from GAPSA in 2002.

Public Computers and Printing

The Graduate Student Center has two public computers in the Welfer Common Room available for graduate and professional students to use and print documents.

  • You must login with a valid PennKey to use these computers.
  • The kiosk computer at the adjustable table is given priority use for students with disabilities.
  • Printing requires a PennCash account debit from your PennCard. Please follow the instructions posted in the Computer Lab. 
  • Printing prices and instructions can be found on the VPULTS Printing page.

Please note: public computers and printers are owned and maintained by VPUL Technology Services. If you experience technical problems with the computing and printing services, please inform the Fellow at the Welfer Common Room Main Desk. We will try to help you, but unfortunately, our computing support staff is located in an off-site office and many issues require at least 24 hours to be resolved.

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Your Space on Penn's Campus

The Grad Center provides a centrally-located space to relax, eat lunch, and connect with other graduate and professional students from across the university. 

The Welfer Common Room, located on the main floor, is the Grad Center's primary space for hanging out. Whether you come for relaxation or work, its comfortable couches, large tables, Andy Wu fireplace, coffee service, and signature French doors overlooking Locust Walk make it the perfect place to connect with Penn's graduate community.

Stop in to use the printer or connect wirelessly to the Internet. The latest editions of the New York Times, and the Chronicle of Higher Education are available. The Welfer Common Room is always staffed with a friendly Grad Center Fellow available to answer your questions or assist you with registration for upcoming events.

Use Policies 

  • The Graduate Center is a space for all current Penn Graduate and Professional students and their guests. 
    • Other Penn students, postdocs, and visitors can access the Center as the guest of a graduate or professional student.
    • You may be asked to show PennID at any time.  
  • Graduate and professional students and their guests can study, meet informally, socialize, nap, enjoy coffee and tea, or enjoy their own food and drinks during operating hours. After hours access is not permitted.
  • Graduate students can hold small informal meetings in the Common Room or meeting rooms when space is available and providing that their activities do not disrupt the other users of the Center. 
  • Very occasionally, the Welfer Common Room is used for events sponsored by the Office of the Provost or Grad Center programs open to all graduate and professional students. Signs will be posted in the room when such uses are scheduled.
  • Postering  and flyers are restricted to the bulletin boards at the ground level entryway. Postering or leafletting in other Grad Center spaces is not permitted. 
local_cafe

Free Coffee and Tea

Famous for Keeping It Fresh and Free

The Graduate Student Center is perhaps best known and loved for providing free coffee and tea every day, all day in the Welfer Common Room. 

  • Free coffee and tea are for Penn graduate and professional students and their guests only.
  • BYOM: You need to Bring Your Own Mug to fill up.
    • If you didn’t BYOM, you can purchase a travel mug or a paper cup ($1). The Fellow at the Main Desk will be delighted to assist you with this transaction.
  • Although our beverage service is free, your voluntary donations are always appreciated and help to defray costs.
  • Other yummie items, such as sushi, salads, sandwiches, snacks and drinks, can be purchased at the Gnome's Cafe in back of the Welfer Common Room.
people

Study and Meeting Rooms

We have study and meeting rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors that are available to reserve Monday – Friday during normal Graduate Student Center hours.

As long as space is not reserved, you can use and share the space with other graduate students for quiet study or a group meeting.

See all of our available rooms and spaces and submit a reservation request on our reservations page.  

fastfood

Gnome's Cafe

Bon Appetit and the Grad Center present Gnome's Cafe, a little place to catch a quick bite or snack. Conveniently located in the back bar of the Welfer Common Room, Gnome's Cafe features a range of breakfast pastries, sandwiches, and snacks!

Gnome's Cafe is open each weekday (M-F) from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

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Location and Hours

Graduate Student Center
3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221
215-746-6868
gradcenter@upenn.edu

Academic Year Hours

Welfer Common Room

Monday - Thursday: 8:30AM - 7:30PM
Friday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
Saturday-Sunday: 12PM - 6PM

Second & Third Floors

Monday - Thursday: 8:30AM - 7:00PM
Friday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED

Summer Hours

Welfer Common Room

Monday-Friday: 10 AM-5 PM
Weekends: CLOSED

Second & Third Floors

CLOSED

The Grad Center is closed for all University recognized holidays and closings. View the official academic calendar at almanac.upenn.edu/penn-academic-calendar.

Get directions, accessibility information, and maps on the Penn Facilities website. The Grad Center focuses on the importance of both virtual access and facilities access. Read our full accessibility statement here

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Additional Resources

Book Swap

The third floor lobby features book swap shelves where you can drop off the book you've finished reading or pick up something new to read! 

Wireless Internet (Wifi)

Wireless broadband Internet service is available throughout the Grad Center building.

For instructions and assistance connecting to AirPennNet, visit the TechCenter website. If you continue to have difficulty, please email help@isc.upenn.edu or call 215-573-4778. 

Wireless Internet service at the Graduate Student Center was made possible, in part, through a generous contribution from GAPSA in 2002.

Public Computers and Printing

The Graduate Student Center has two public computers in the Welfer Common Room available for graduate and professional students to use and print documents.

  • You must login with a valid PennKey to use these computers.
  • The kiosk computer at the adjustable table is given priority use for students with disabilities.
  • Printing requires a PennCash account debit from your PennCard. Please follow the instructions posted in the Computer Lab. 
  • Printing prices and instructions can be found on the VPULTS Printing page.

Please note: public computers and printers are owned and maintained by VPUL Technology Services. If you experience technical problems with the computing and printing services, please inform the Fellow at the Welfer Common Room Main Desk. We will try to help you, but unfortunately, our computing support staff is located in an off-site office and many issues require at least 24 hours to be resolved.