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What is the Room Change Process for Fall 2022?

Incoming & Returning Residents

The fall room change period opens the afternoon of Monday, September 19. During this period, all residents of the College Houses and Sansom Place West can submit a request for a room change via MyHomeAtPenn. Please note that vacancies on-campus are scarce and may impact the ability of staff to process many room changes.  Most vacancies are in shared bedrooms.


All submissions will be randomized, and room changes will be processed during three separate “waves” in the fall term. Room change offers will be sent on the following dates:


  • Thursday, October 6
  • Thursday, October 27
  • Thursday, November 17


Students will have the weekend to accept or reject the offer. If an offer is accepted, students will be expected to move the weekend after offers are made. The periods for student room changes are:


  • Friday, October 14 – Sunday, October 16
  • Friday, November 4 – Sunday, November 6
  • Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 4


Students that either reject their offer or do not accept within the given window will be unable to move to the offered space and their request will move to the bottom of the list. Students will only be offered spaces that meet their requested preferences.

The fall room change form will close on Sunday, November 13 at 11:59 pm. Those students still seeking a room change can submit a request for a mid-year room change starting November 21. Students that apply for a mid-year room change and have their request processed should anticipate vacating their fall booking completely when departing campus for winter break and moving into their new space upon their return to campus for the spring semester. The mid-year room change form will close on Sunday, December 4 at 11:59 pm.

Are you a currently enrolled student who missed out on Housing Selection? It’s not too late to land a home in the College Houses for the 2022-2023 Academic Year. The Rolling Undergraduate Application goes live on the afternoon of March 17, and applicants will be assigned housing starting in mid-April in an ongoing basis throughout the spring and beginning of the summer. To access the Rolling Undergraduate Application, visit MyHomeAtPenn.

First-Year Students:

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.


Returning Students:

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:

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.


Graduate Students:
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.

Due to summer conferences and maintenance work, we are unable to show undergraduate rooms in advance. Our website has lots of information about the College Houses, including room type diagrams, lists of amenities, and much more!  Diagrams may not be exact and are only meant as a general guide.


Unless otherwise requested, all rooms are designated as single-sex. However, students may apply for Gender Inclusive Housing. If you are under 18 years of age written parental permission must be provided in order for your request to be considered. Gender Inclusive Housing room assignments will be made without regard to sex assigned at birth or gender identity. Please refer to the Gender Inclusive Housing policy for details.

No. The gender of the bathroom (male/female/co-ed) is either predesignated or designated by the students on the floor at the beginning of the fall semester.

All University of Pennsylvania undergraduate students are required to live in on-campus housing for their first four semesters (excluding summers), regardless of the number of course credits (CU) or class standing. Sophomore transfers are required to live in on-campus for their first four semesters. Junior transfer students are required to live in on-campus housing for their first two semesters.

  • Transfer students who lived on campus their first year at their previous institution may count those semesters toward the requirement.  Students will provide campus residence and contact information in their application.
  • Students who study abroad during their sophomore year may include that time toward the requirement.
  • A student who has taken a leave of absence during their first two years living on campus may apply for an exemption from the residency requirement.  The exemption will be approved if a student lived on campus for three complete semesters. 
  • Signing an off-campus lease or entering into a housing agreement within a fraternity or sorority house does not exempt the student from this policy

An exemption is only granted to students who meet one of the following criteria:

  1. The student is enrolled in the College of Liberal Studies or in the Penn Nursing BSN Second Degree Program.
  2. The student is married or in a University-recognized domestic partnership.  Proof of marriage or domestic partnership is required.
  3. The student is living with their dependents. Official copy(s) of birth certificate(s) or federal/state income tax returns showing exemptions claimed for dependent(s) is required.
  4. The student is age 22 or older at the start of the academic year.
  5. Exemption requests must be submitted by February 18 for rising second-year and transfer students, by May 31 for Fall 2022 incoming students, and by June 30 for newly-admitted transfer and exchange students. Late requests will not be considered.

Students meeting one of the above criteria must submit an exemption request through MyHomeAtPenn.

If you feel you meet the above criteria for exemption and are interested in living off-campus for the 2022-2023 Academic Year, you will need to complete a Housing Exemption Form via MyHomeAtPenn. Once submitted, you will receive a follow-up email from the Housing Occupancy team requesting proof of residency. The proof of residency must be on official university letterhead, signed by personnel within the previous institution’s housing office. It must also include the following:

  • Student’s full name
  • Student’s College House/Residence Hall
  • Student’s room number(s)
  • Dates of occupancy

Once the proof of residency is submitted and is reviewed, you will receive determination from the Housing Occupancy Team via email. It is highly encouraged that you do not sign any binding agreements with off-campus properties until your final decision is received.