On the day of departure, check-out time is no later than 11:00 AM.  If your schedule allows, breakfast-to-go will be available on the rooftop lounge of your dorm.

If you are leaving Philadelphia by plane, arrangements for a shuttle to pick you up at the same drop-off location and take you to Philadelphia International Airport.  The schedule will be available on the last day of orientation. Please fill out the survey so that we can arrange an appropriate shuttle for you. Plan to leave for the airport 2 to 2.5 hours before your flight’s scheduled departure.  Since shuttle service is not available between 12:00 midnight and 5:00am, please take a taxi (or Uber or Lyft) if you need to arrive at the airport early.

For those who are leaving Philadelphia by train or bus, a taxi is the quickest and most efficient mode of transport to the train or bus station.

If you are leaving Philadelphia by other means, let us know if you need help making travel arrangements.

If you are not leaving Philadelphia on the scheduled departure date, you will need to make your own housing arrangements. Let us know if you need help or suggestions finding suitable accommodations.


Most airlines charge a fee for checked baggage on flights within the United States. Therefore, if you are flying from Philadelphia to another U.S. city, you will likely have to pay this fee upon check-in.

On average, airlines charge $25 for the first bag, and $35-50 for the second bag. Overweight bags are also assessed an additional charge. You can refer to this website for all applicable fees. The travel allowance you receive on the first day of orientation will offset any baggage expense you may incur.

For convenience and in some cases a small discount, you can pay for your checked bags online before checking in. Please refer to your airline’s website for more information.

Note: We highly recommend that you pack as lightly as possible! There are no porters to handle your baggage once you land in Philadelphia. Please also consider shipping items to your host institution to avoid baggage fees. Many websites such as and offer free shipping if you wish to purchase new things for your stay.