Other Resources

Banking • Childcare • Medical Insurance  Public Transportation


Most students open a checking account in Philadelphia. ELP can provide you with contact information for bank representatives familiar with the banking needs of ELP students. 

Banks are typically open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Basic banking, such as deposits, transfers, and withdrawals, are available 24 hours a day via ATMs located inside banks and at many campus locations.


Childcare centers are often private and require payment weekly. You will want to visit the centers during the school hours and ask questions. Childcare centers will have applications that may also require a health report from the child’s doctor. The Child Care at Penn website is a great place to begin your search for a childcare center. Centers can become full quickly, so it’s best to begin your search early.

Medical Insurance

All full-time student visa holders (F-1 or J-1) must purchase medical insurance through the ELP. To learn more about your medical insurance coverage while at the ELP, review your Geo Blue Student Member GuideFull-time students not on a F-1 or J-1 visa must provide proof of personal health insurance coverage.

Public Transportation

It is easy to get around Philadelphia without a car. The city’s public subway and buses are run by SEPTA. Penn also provides some buses that are free for PennCard holders. You can also explore a lot of the city by walking or biking. The Indego Bike Share program recently arrived in Philadelphia.