With the exception of those applying to live in a Program Community, first-year students who submit their Housing Application by the deadline are assigned via a computerized lottery process. The program attempts to place students in one of their preferences. If no space is available in the College Houses preferenced by the student, they will be placed in any available room. Approximately 80% of students applying by May 5 receive one of their top three choices. While student requests are considered if the form is submitted after the deadline, assignments will be made based on availability. If no form is submitted by June 28, a student will be assigned to any available space.
Students applying to a Program Community are accepted and placed into programs by the College House Directors.
The Room Selection process begins early in the spring semester. Students returning to their same College House have priority over students changing Houses. While housing is not guaranteed, space is generally available on-campus if students are flexible in their room type choices. It is not uncommon for some students to be placed on a waitlist and accommodated throughout the summer.
As a reminder, all members of the Class of 2026 will take part in Penn’s Second-Year Experience initiative by living on campus for their first two years. Residential Services is supporting this commitment by providing new and distinctive housing options for students to build off of their first-year living in the College Houses.
Transfer students submitting their Housing Application by June 30 are assigned in the first round. Assignments will be posted on or after July 13 on Campus Express. While preferences are considered, they cannot be guaranteed because of limited availability. Anyone not submitting a request form by July 11 be assigned to any available space.
Returning graduate students will get priority when it comes to room assignments in Sansom Place West. New graduate students are assigned on a rolling basis beginning in late April. Early application is advised to all graduate students to increase the likelihood of securing a preferred room type.