Grad Center Spaces

First Floor
Welfer Common Room

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.

The Welfer Common Room's primary purpose is to provide lounge space for grad and prof students during consistent times. Therefore, we do not reserve the space during our normal hours.

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.

The Welfer Common Room is only available after hours/weekends for special events and therefore always incurs housekeeping and staffing fees. If you are interested in reserving this space, please contact for more details well in advance of the event date. 

Photo of Common Room FrontAndy Wu Fireplace

Room 204
Conference Room

The Second Floor Conference Room seats up to 18 people without crowding or alienating anyone. With spare clean lines and no decorative excess, the central meeting table provides a surface equally suited to a comfortable dining experience or the demands of copious amounts of handouts.

This room features:

  • wall-mounted dry-erase board
  • smartboard and LCD projector 
  • side table ideal for use with catered events
  • capacity for 18 seated around the conference table


SMART Board Whiteboard and Projector

The SMART Board interactive whiteboard system combines a projector with an interactive digital whiteboard, offering a large interactive surface for teaching and learning.

Conference Room

Room 302
Small Conference Room

The Small Conference Room located on the third floor is ideal for those seeking a quiet meeting space for groups of 10 or less.

Room 302 Photo


Third Floor Lobby

The third floor lobby features:

  • comfy couches with wonderful southern exposure
  • book swap shelves where you can drop off the book you've finished reading or pick up a book you haven't yet read!

3rd Floor Lobby

Room 303
Group Study Room

The Group Study Room offers a simple, flexible workspace. If you need a refuge from the vibrant activity of the main floor's Welfer Common Room, look no further. Generously proportioned worktop tables are ideal for collaborative projects (and provide plenty of unhampered legroom). Lacking visual clutter, these rooms assure that you can get down to work without distraction.

The room features:

  • wall-mounted dry-erase whiteboard
  • three easy-glide wheeled worktop tables
  • seating for 4 - 8
Room 305
Multipurpose Room

The third floor Multi-Purpose Room provides you the opportunity to enjoy a large, versatile room prepared to your specifications. Whether arranged in a classic conference table configuration or classroom style with individual worktop tables for participant pairs, this light-filled space is generous without feeling impersonal. Catered group meetings or multimedia presentations have access to everything necessary for a successful and memorable event sure to be cherished by participants for at least a couple of hours.

This room features:

  • wall-mounted dry-erase whiteboard
  • easy-glide wheeled worktop tables
  • integrated LCD projector and screen with HDMI and VGA inputs
  • flexible furniture configurations with capacity for:
    • 28 seated at a conference table or classroom style
    • 38 seated theater style


SMART Board Whiteboard and Projector

The SMART Board interactive whiteboard system combines a projector with an interactive digital whiteboard, offering a large interactive surface for teaching and learning.

Lower Level
Family Resource Center

Located in the Lower Level of the Graduate Student Center, the Family Resource Center at Penn is a hub for information, resources, activities and advocacy for students and post-docs with children. The Family Center provides a forum for student parents to connect and develop supportive networks, and offers a welcoming and family-friendly environment for Penn students, post-docs, caregivers, and children.

The Family Center is a membership based facility, all University of Pennsylvania students and post-doctoral fellows with children are eligible to join and memberships are free.


Other Graduate Spaces on Campus

Looking for a quiet place to study or for your group meeting or event? The following spaces are available for all Penn graduate & professional students: 

  • Graduate Student Reading Room 
    Van Pelt Library Class of 1937 Reading Room, 5th Floor 
    Includes 34 carrels, 2 large reading tables, and soft seating for 8. 
  • Penn Libraries 
    View and search public and reservable spaces across all Penn libraries. Spaces include group study and meeting rooms, classrooms, carrels, and more. 
  • Perelman Quadrangle
    Includes Houston Hall, Irvine Auditorium, ARCH Building, Iron Gate Theatre, and selected classrooms and outdoor spaces. 
    Student organizations receive first priority in booking and do not have to pay space rental fees. 
  • Penn Women's Center
    The Penn Women's Center prioritizes educational, artistic, networking, outreach and/or civic engagement programs that empower women and promote gender equality at Penn and beyond. Reservable spaces include the Penn Environmental Education Kitchen (PEEK) Kitchen. Space details and reservation policies on the PWC website.