Housing FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about: 


    Who can live at International House Philadelphia?

To become a resident member of IHP, you must be at least 18 years old and participating full-time in an academic program (such as classes, internships, or observerships) in order to be  eligible to stay with us.  If you have any questions about your eligibility, please email us at Housing@ihphilly.org or call us at 215.895.6540.  We’re always happy to answer questions.

Do you have to be an international student to live at IHP?
Not at all!  American students usually make up 15-25% of our population.

What are the application steps?

The application process can be completed in 3 steps. It is important to check your email regularly because that is how IHP will communicate with you during the application process.  

  • Complete the online application for housing.
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Pay the deposit to hold your reservation. 

What is the application fee?
The application fee is covers the administrative processing of your application. While this fee does not guarantee your housing, we are able to house most applicants that meet our eligibility requirements.

Is a deposit required prior to move-in?
Once your application has been accepted and you have been approved for housing at IHP, a $350 deposit is required to hold your reservation. We will send instructions for the deposit to the email address you use with your online housing application.

Your $350 deposit will be applied towards your first payment when you sign your housing occupancy agreement after moving in. However, if you cancel your housing reservation, the deposit is not refundable.

What do the rooms look like?
Photos and floor plans are available on our website.

How much will my room cost?
Your initial rent is based on the rate in effect when you submitted your application.  Current rates can always be found on our website.

What happens if I cancel my reservation?
If you have reserved a room, including paying your deposit of $350, and then need to cancel, you should contact the Admissions Office as soon as possible.  Unfortunately, cancelling your reservation means forfeiting your deposit of $350.



How do I get to IHP?
IHP is located at the corner of 37th Street and Chestnut Street in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia. Our location is adjacent to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. Additionally, IHP is near a number of transportation options that connect our residents to the city, region, country, and the world!

IHP’s address is:
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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When can I check in?
You may check in any time after 3:00 p.m. (15:00) on your scheduled day of arrival at the Front Desk in our lobby.

What do I need to check in?
When you arrive, the only thing you will need is photo identification, such as a passport, university ID, or driver’s license. IHP staff at the Front Desk will provide you with your keycard and room number. Visit your room, unpack, and make yourself at home.

What do I do after I check in?
Within the next two business days, you should visit the IHP Admissions Office to sign your housing occupancy agreement and make your first payment. If you have not already done so, you will also need to submit documentation of your status as a student or scholar (example: offer letter, DS-2019, I-20).


Does IHP provide cookware and kitchen supplies?
While IHP does not provide kitchen supplies, resident members in the suites with a shared bathroom and kitchen often share some of their utensils and cookware within the suite. Additionally, many of our former resident members have donated their kitchen supplies to the suite kitchens for community use. However, you may also need to provide some additional kitchen supplies. We recommend that you move into your suite and talk with your suitemates about the kitchen prior to buying your kitchen supplies. 

Resident members staying in apartments will need to provide their own kitchen supplies and cookware. 

What is included in the linen set?
A basic set of linens is provided for each bed. This includes a pillow, pillow case, sheets, blanket, and a towel.

What size is the mattress?
The mattress is a standard twin bed. (Not an XL twin bed) 

Does IHP allow smoking?
Smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes, hookahs, or any other substance is not permitted inside at IHP. Designated smoking areas are provided just outside of the building.

Does IHP allow pets?
Unfortunately, no.

When are you open?
IHP remains open year-round and resident members have access to their rooms at all times throughout their stay.  The Front Desk is staffed 24 hours a day, while our administrative offices, such as the Admissions Office, are closed on nights, weekends, and holidays.

I want to live by myself – must I have a roommate?
At IHP, it is always an option to live by yourself! In fact, the majority of the rooms at IHP are single bedrooms designed for only one person.  

Can I have a roommate in my room?
The majority of rooms at IHP are single bedrooms with no roommates, however if you are assigned to an apartment or private room, you may select a roommate over the age of 18. IHP will not assign a roommate for you, so it is your choice whether to seek out a roommate. Only one roommate is permitted per unit. Please note that adding a roommate to your room includes a $200 per month fee in addition to your monthly rate.

What is the guest policy at IHP?
Please note:  Anyone under the age of 18 is not allowed to stay overnight at IHP.

Residents can arrange for guest rooms for family and friends at a discounted rate.  Please see the Admissions Office to inquire about availability prior to inviting your guest.

Alternatively, If you live in a single room
, you may have one guest in your room for a maximum of two nights at no additional cost; however, you must escort your guest at all times: you may not leave your guest in your room while you are out of the suite or building.

If you live alone in an apartment or Private Room, you may have a guest stay with you at no charge, for a stay of up to ten days.  You would simply need to register your guest with the Admissions Office.  Stays of more than ten days qualify your guest as a roommate and the related roommate fees.

Does IHP have a gym?
While there is not a gym (or fitness center) in the building, IHP residents are eligible for a discounted membership at Drexel’s Recreation Center.  Please contact the Drexel Recreation Center for the most up-to-date information.

Is there a cafeteria at IHP?
There is a café located on the first floor, but most residents prepare their own meals, purchase meal plans from their universities, eat at local restaurants, or order food to be delivered. IHP does not offer meal plans or a cafeteria. 

What are my responsibilities for cleaning?
IHP Facilities staff will visit each suite every weekday (Monday-Friday, excluding holidays) to clean all shared areas, including suite bathrooms and kitchens.  However, residents are asked to clean their own dishes and tidy all common areas after use.

Residents are responsible for cleaning their bedrooms, and residents in apartments and private rooms are responsible for the cleaning of their unit.  IHP has vacuum cleaners that residents may borrow if they wish.

What is there to do at IHP?
IHP and Lightbox Film Center  continually offer an exciting array of films, cultural events, and programs. Each week, a resident newsletter keeps our resident members informed about options to attend at IHP. Our calendar of events is located on our website and you can always connect with us on Facebook.  Additionally, signs are posted in the building to advertise events.   

Do you have parking?
We do!  A 23-space garage is attached to the back of our building. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information on availability and rates.


How much is due when I move in?

When you visit the Admissions Office within two business days of moving in, you will make your first payment. This payment will include the first month of rent, a full last month of rent, a linen fee, service fee, and any other applicable fees. (Please see our rates page for more details.) If you are staying less than 3 months, fees for your entire stay will be due at this time.

What is a last month of rent payment?
As part of your initial payment, you will pre-pay one full month of rent at your current monthly rate. This payment is held by IHP until one month before your move-out date. At that time, we will apply this money to your account to pay for your last month of rent.

When do I pay my rent?
After your initial payment (first and last months’ rents, plus fees), subsequent rent payments are due on the first business day of each month. You have a ten day grace period to complete your payments prior to the addition of any late fees. 

How do I pay?
In person at the Admissions Office, we accept cash, travelers’ checks, personal checks drawn on an American bank account, debit/credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover), or a combination of these. Please note that we do not accept wire transfers.

If the Admissions Office is closed, you may pay online with your checking account or credit/debit card. Simply visit www.ihousephilly.org/pay and login to your account. You may also pay by leaving a personal check at the Front Desk. 

My parent/friend/family member wants to pay for me.  Is this possible?
You may certainly share your IHP login username and password with a friend or family member so they can process an online payment to your account. If you are requesting this for your initial contract signing fees, please consult with the Admissions Office. 

I need a document with all my payments and charges. Could you give this to me?
Of course!  This is called an Account Statement and you may request one from our Cashier in the Admissions Office.

May I pay rent online?

Yes! IHP is pleased to offer this service using the same username and password you used for your housing application. Simply visit www.ihousephilly.org/pay and log in. Rent charges are available for payment on the first of each month. 

Do you offer automatic billing/payment?

Yes, you may register your checking account or credit/debit card with us to be charged automatically each month. Please see the Cashier in the Admissions Office for more information. 

Can you exchange currency, give me change for a large bill, or give me cash for a check?
We are not able to offer these services, but can direct you to several local banks that may do this for you.