Penn Graduate Student Center

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Welfer Common Room

The Welfer Common Room, located on the main floor, is the Grad Center's primary space for hanging out. Whether you come for relaxation or work, its comfortable couches, large tables, Andy Wu fireplace, coffee service, and signature French doors overlooking Locust Walk make it the perfect place to connect with Penn's graduate community. Stop in to use the computer lab or connect wirelessly to the Internet. The latest editions of the New York Times, and the Chronicle of Higher Education are available. The Welfer Common Room is always staffed with a friendly Grad Center Fellow available to answer your questions or assist you with registration for upcoming events.

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The Welfer Common Room is only available for reservation when the Grad Center is closed, and therefore always incurs a rental fee.

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Gnome's Cafe

Bon Appetit and the Grad Center present Gnome's Cafe, a little place to catch a quick bite or snack. Conveniently located at the back bar of the Welfer Common Room, Gnome's Cafe features a $6 lunch special: any sushi, salad or sandwich, a drink, and a snack!

Gnome's Cafe is open each weekday from 10:30AM-4:00PM.

Common Room Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM - 8PM
Friday: 9AM - 6PM
Saturday-Sunday: 12pm - 6pm

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221