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The University offers a number of resources to students so they can work — and play — hard.

Physical health

Feeling a bit under the weather? Go to the Student Health Services.
Located at 3535 Market St., SHS offers regular check ups and resources if you are sick. Vaccinations are also available.

You can schedule an appointment with a general practitioner over the phone, through SHS’s website ( or in person.

During non-business hours, students should call SHS’s on-call physician at 215-746-3535.

In case of an emergency, students should go to the Emergency Department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, located on the first floor of the Silverstein Building on the corner of 34th and Spruce streets.

Mental health

Penn offers limited free counseling to its students through Counseling and Psychological Services, located at 36th and Walnut streets.

CAPS guarantees confidentiality and can refer students to therapists for long-term care.

To schedule an appointment, call the CAPS office at 215-898-7021.
For emergencies, call 215-349-5490 and ask for the CAPS clinician on call.

Another resource for students is the Reach-A-Peer help line.
An anonymous, confidential service, the RAP Line is staffed by trained student volunteers on call between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. for any concerns or problems you may have. The number is 215-573-2RAP (215-573-2727).

Alcohol policy

You may be on a college campus, but the legal drinking age is still 21.

If you do choose to drink illegally, the University guarantees medical amnesty to any student seeking medical help if they or a friend overdoses on alcohol or drugs.

Any University-funded student organization wishing to serve alcohol at an event must register in advance with the Vice Provost for University Life.

No kegs of any kind are allowed on University-managed properties.
The full text of Penn’s alcohol policy can be viewed online at

Working out

Most gym-inclined Penn students exercise at the Pottruck Health and Fitness Center, a multi-level facility located at 37th and Walnut streets.

The facility offers a wide array of exercise and weight machines, basketball courts, a swimming pool, a climbing wall and even a virtual golf studio.

Many students also sign up for group exercise classes such as spinning, Pilates and dance.

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