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The Axis on 36th Street is located near the Sheraton Hotel, north of Penn's campus. Credit: Abhiram Juvvadi

Penn will lease the Axis apartment building for on-campus upperclassmen housing for the 2024-2025 academic year to house students during the renovation of Ware College House.

According to an email sent to undergraduate students on Dec. 6, Penn will use the Axis because Gutmann College House will become a four-year college house next academic year, providing space for the students displaced during the renovation of Ware in the Quad.

Because Gutmann, which is currently a second, third, and fourth-year college house, will allow first-year students to also live there next year, Penn will lease the Axis to provide more housing options for displaced upperclassmen. 

The email says that the closure of Ware will result in 624 first-year bed spaces needing replacement within the College House system. This is 170 more bed spaces than are currently unavailable because of the Riepe College House renovation.

All rooms in the Axis will be single occupancy with a private bathroom, according to the email. The rate for the rooms will be $12,166, making it the lower rate of Penn’s two housing costs. 

The Axis is located at 20 S 36th St., near Kings Court English College House. The Axis will operate as part of Kings Court English College House during the lease. It will have College Houses and Academic Services faculty and staff support, as well as programming and residential advisors.

Penn is currently leasing The Radian until August 2026 for on-campus housing, also to make space for students displaced by the conversion of Lauder College House and Gregory College House Van Pelt Manor into first-year only dorms because of the renovation of the Quad. The Radian is available as a housing option for second, third, and fourth-year students.

The Quad is currently being renovated, with one college house closing within the Quad each year until 2026. Riepe is currently under construction. Ware will be under construction for the 2024-2025 academic year, while Fisher Hassenfeld College House will be under construction for the 2025-2026 academic year.

Rooms in the Axis are equipped with microfridges, and the dorm also has a fitness room, free community laundry, and a community lounge with community kitchen.