We know that there is a lot to consider when thinking about your home at Penn. Below you'll find some of the most frequently asked questions regarding assignments.

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 6 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 June25, 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 2025 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 15 be assigned to any available space.


Graduate Students:
Returning graduate students may reserve their rooms during a specified time in the spring semester. New graduate students are assigned on a rolling basis beginning in April. Early application is advised to increase their chances of securing their 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.

If you have selected a room through the Room Selection Processes but would prefer a different room type and/or location you may apply for a room change using the Room Change Request Form at

  • Beginning February 2 and ending April 2, complete the room change request at MyHomeAtPenn. You may request a mutual swap with another student, a specific space in a friend's room, or a general room change. If you are interested in a general room change, include specific room types and locations you are interested in and use the additional comments section to give information you think would be helpful in finding a new room (example: "anything with a kitchen", or "any room with a private bedroom," etc).  You will only be offered a space that meets your criteria.
  • As spaces become available, they will be offered to students with an open room change request.
  • If you are offered a space, you must accept it in writing to within 48 business hours.  If we do not hear from you, the offer expires. You will remain in your originally selected room, and your request will go to the bottom of the room change request list. 
  • If you want to apply as a group with potential roommates, each person must submit a request. Use the "additional comments" section to include names if you have more than one roommate. If the group is offered a room change, each person must respond by the deadline.

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 for their first four semesters (excluding summers), regardless of the number of course credits (CU) or class standing. Students who transfer to Penn from another institution with second year standing and who lived on campus their first year at their previous institution may count those semesters toward the Penn housing residency requirement.  Students will provide campus residence and contact information in their application.

  • Students who transfer to Penn from another institution with junior standing are required to live in on-campus housing for their first two semesters at Penn.
  • Students who study abroad during their sophomore year may include that time toward the requirement. Students who take a leave of absence may not count partial semesters in residence toward the requirement.
  • 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 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 April 1 for rising second-year and transfer students, and by June 1 for Fall 2021 incoming students. 

Students meeting one of the above criteria must submit an exemption request through MyHomeAtPenn. If you need to submit an exemption request after the exemption request period has closed, please email

Entry into a lease agreement off campus or living in fraternity/sorority housing is not grounds for an exemption.