Many students opt to live off campus as their years at Penn progress, although most don't go far, staying almost exclusively in the surrounding area that comprises University City. As a result, students in off-campus housing are not at all isolated from campus life. Many students take pleasure in the freedom of not being told when to move in and out and of not having RAs and GAs to monitor their activity. The Office of Off Campus Living can assist students with everything, from finding a place to live; to settling disputes with landlords. There are also local real estate companies that cater to members of the Penn community.
The school is, in one way, forced to make off-campus living a convenient option for students because Penn is only equipped to house about 70 percent of students. The school responds to this need by providing shuttles and other forms of transportation around campus and also by offering an internet connection to those students who decide not to live in dorms. There is an abundance of houses including spacious Victorian-style homes and apartment buildings in close proximity to Penn's official campus. So many inhabitants of these buildings are Penn students and faculty that the few streets west of campus are regarded as part of Penn by most who travel there for parties or dinner.