Room Selection

How to Apply

Whether you are new to Penn, returning for your second, third, or fourth year, or just here for a semester or year, the application process is tailored to your needs. To help you feel prepared to hit submit, please review the information provided about room rates, roommates, and save the dates, all specific to you. 

How to Apply

Need to Know

Timing is everything, and our room selection timelines vary depending on the your time at Penn. Updates, deadlines, and other specifics regarding room selection will be sent to your student email account. We recommend checking your email daily to not miss any time-sensitive information.

Students eligible to participate in room selection must be full-time students enrolled in a degree-granting program for Fall 2022 and in good financial and disciplinary standing in order to apply. Please check your standing in the Student Registration System prior to the start of the Room Selection process to be sure your graduation year is accurate.

How to Apply

First-Year Students

Housing Application

More information for incoming first-year students will be shared in the spring semester.

 

Program Communities

First-year students also have the option to apply to a Program Community, a tight-knit living-learning community based around a specific theme. Check out the College Houses & Academic Services website to learn about the Program Communities available to first-year students. Students who want to apply to a Program Community will be expected to write an essay as part of their application and need to submit the housing application by the preferred deadline, May 31. Students who are accepted into their requested Program Community by the House staff are assigned to spaces within the Program Community prior to the start of the randomization by the housing system.

Roommates

All first-year students will answer a series of Lifestyle Profile questions on the housing application to reflect on the time they go to bed and wake up and the environment they want to have in their room. First-year students may optionally request one specific roommate by creating a Roommate Group name and password in their application, and sharing that information with their roommate, who will use it to join the group on their own application.

First-year students who do not request a specific roommate but are assigned to a double, and roommate pairs who are assigned to rooms that house more than two students, will be matched with roommates based on their answers to the Lifestyle Profile questions. First-year students will only be matched with other first-year students for roommates. Roommates are matched so that all halls are co-ed but all students in a specific suite have the same legal sex, unless students sign up for Gender Inclusive Housing in the housing application, in which case roommates are assigned without regard to legal sex.

How to Apply

Transfer Students

Housing Application

More information for incoming transfer students will be shared in the spring semester.

Program Communities

Transfer students also have the option to apply to the Transfer Living Community (TLC), a Program Community in Rodin College House designed specifically for transfer students. Check out the Transfer Living Community webpage to learn about the TLC. Students who want to apply to the TLC will need to select this option on their housing application and submit by the preferred deadline of June 29. Students who are accepted into the TLC assigned to spaces within the Program Community prior to the start of the randomization by the housing system.

Transfer Communities

Recognizing your journey to Penn is a unique one, the College Houses offer communities to meet your needs.  Within the housing application, you can select the Transfer Living Community as a Program Community choice. This community, located in Rodin College House, offers support and programming designed to best serve transfer students. 

Roommates

All transfer students will answer a series of Lifestyle Profile questions on the housing application to reflect on the time they go to bed and wake up and the environment they want to have in their room. Transfer students may optionally request one specific roommate who is also an incoming transfer student by creating a Roommate Group name and password in their application, and sharing that information with their roommate, who will use it to join the group on their own application.

Transfer students who do not request a specific roommate, and roommate pairs who are assigned to rooms that house more than two students, will be matched with roommates based on their answer to the Lifestyle Profile questions. Transfer students may be matched with other transfer students, continuing Penn students, and/or exchange students for roommates. Roommates are matched so that all halls are co-ed but all students in a specific suite have the same legal sex, unless students sign up for Gender Inclusive Housing in the housing application, in which case roommates are assigned without regard to legal sex.

How to Apply

Exchange Students

Housing Application

More information for incoming fall exchange students will be shared in the spring semester. 

Roommates

All exchange students will answer a series of Lifestyle Profile questions on the housing application to reflect on the time they go to bed and wake up and the environment they want to have in their room. Exchange students may optionally request one specific roommate who is also an incoming exchange student by creating a Roommate Group name and password in their application, and sharing that information with their roommate, who will use it to join the group on their own application.

Exchange students who do not request a specific roommate, and roommate pairs who are assigned to rooms that house more than two students, will be matched with roommates based on their answer to the Lifestyle Profile questions. Exchange students may be matched with other exchange students, continuing Penn students, and/or incoming transfer students. Roommates are matched so that all halls are co-ed but all students in a specific room have the same legal sex, unless students sign up for Gender Inclusive Housing in the housing application, in which case roommates are assigned without regard to legal sex.

How to Apply

Second-Year Students

Application

On January 23, the Room Selection application will open for all current students who intend to return to campus housing for the 2024-2025 academic year. All students entering their second year and transfers who were admitted as second year students are required to live in our College Houses as part of their residency requirement.  

Regardless of whether you have intended roommates, plan to live alone, or want to be matched with students, the Room Selection application holds everything you will need. With the ability to create and join a password protected group, adjust your lifestyle profile, or apply for a Program Community, the housing application will give you the tools to find the ideal housing fit for you in the College Houses. 

Develop a plan, discuss it with your intended roommates, and become familiar with your preferences. Information about the Room Selection process will be shared throughout the fall and spring semester. 

 

Program Communities

You have the option to apply to live within a tight-knit community based around specific themes, student-designed programs, or course communities. If this appeals to you, you will need to complete the Program Community portion of the Room Selection application.

Program Communities 

You have the option to apply to live within a tight-knit community based around specific themes, student-designed programs, or course communities. If this appeals to you, you will need to complete the Program Community portion of the Room Selection application. 

Many program communities require an essay. If one is required, please respond to these questions within the application (maximum 500 words): 

  • Why are you interested in joining this Program Community? 

  • What would your involvement bring to this Program Community’s overall experience? 

  • How have you participated in your current House community? 

Please be sure to include your room type preferences and roommate requests on your application. When possible, your preferences will be considered but are not guaranteed. 

House Directors review Program Community applications and decide on your acceptance.  Housing Occupancy staff assigns accepted students to a space. 

Selection

All rising second-year students will receive timeslots for the phase of selection called ‘Move to Another House.’ While rising second-year students are not eligible to participate in ‘Return to House’ (having priority to return to the College House you currently reside in), you are still eligible to select a space in any of our Four-Year or Upperclass Houses, including the College House you currently live in, if applicable. Our Four-Year and Upperclass Houses include: 

  • Du Bois College House 

  • Gregory College House 

  • Harnwell College House 

  • Harrison College House 

  • Lauder College House 

  • Gutmann College House  

  • Rodin College House 

  • Stouffer College House 

  • College House at the Radian 

Second-year students can be in roommate groups with third- or fourth-year students.  Students in these mixed-year groups can be assigned by their third- or fourth-year group member to a space during that member’s Return to House selection process.  

Once the application window to participate in selection closes, you will be emailed two timeslots. One timeslot will be for ‘Move to Another House – Fill a Unit’, and the other for ‘Move to Another House – Fill a Bed.’ The difference is in the name: 

For Fill a Unit, you can only select rooms and apartments where you and your group fill every vacant bed space.  

  • If your group consists of three students, you may only select a unit with just three vacant beds. 

  • If you are a student applying as a single occupant, you can only select a single, or take one single bed in a unit so long as it fills the room. 

For Fill a Bed, you may select any space regardless of the size of your group and the number of vacancies in the room/apartment you select. 

 

Return to House

Love where you live?  Good news, you have the opportunity to return to your College House!  Within the application, you will form your group as normal. When you receive your timeslots via email, be sure to coordinate with the member of the group who lives in your desired community, whether that’s you or another member. This student will select and assign spaces for your entire group during their timeslot. Easy as that!

Move to Another House

If you are looking for a new community, Move to Any House is the phase for you. Move to Any House allows you to select a space in any Four-Year or Upperclass House. For this, you will want the student in your group with the earliest timeslot to select your space and assign beds for your group. This way, you have a better chance to land the room type or location you are after.

How to Apply

Third & Fourth-Year Students

Application

We have space across campus for third and fourth-year students that want to live Penn, so we are offering the Third & Fourth-Year Room Selection application.  The Rising Third & Fourth-Year Room Selection application is an opportunity for these students to let us know they want to participate in the spring semester’s room selection process.  Any current second or third-year student, or any fourth-year students graduating in December 2024 who want to live on campus next year is highly encouraged to submit this application.  Space on campus is limited and not guaranteed.   

Applications selected by the randomization process will be eligible for Room Selection timeslots, provided the Room Selection application is completed by February 7 at 5 pm.  Those students with Rising Third & Fourth-Year Room Selection applications not selected will still be able to submit a Room Selection application during spring’s process.  However, they will be placed on the waitlist and not be able to select or be assigned a space during Room Selection. 

Whether you have intended roommates, plan to live alone, or want to be matched with students, the housing application holds everything you will need. With the ability to create and join a password protected group, adjust your lifestyle profile, or apply for a Program Community, the Room Selection application will give you the tools to find the ideal housing fit for you in the College Houses. 

Room Retention

The ability to retain your room is available to rising third and fourth-year students in eligible spaces.  Retainable rooms are multi-space units that are not allocated as part of a Program Community in College Houses designated as Four-Year and Upperclass next year.  Students will know if their space is retainable if the Room Retention page is available to them in spring’s Room Selection application. 

Program Communities

You have the option to apply to live within a tight-knit community based around specific themes, student-designed programs, or course communities. If this appeals to you, you will need to complete the Program Community portion of the housing application.

Many program communities require an essay. If one is required, please respond to these questions within the application (maximum 500 words):

  • Why are you interested in joining this Program Community?
  • What would your involvement bring to this Program Community’s overall experience?
  • How have you participated in your current House community?

Please be sure to include your room type preferences and roommate requests on your application. When possible, your preferences will be considered but are not guaranteed.

House Directors review Program Community applications and decide on your acceptance.  Housing Occupancy staff assigns accepted students to a space.  

Return to House

Love where you live? As a third- or fourth-year student, you have the opportunity to return to your College House. Within the application, you will form your group as normal. When you receive your timeslots via email, be sure to coordinate with the member of the group who lives in your desired community, whether that’s you or another member. This student will select and assign spaces for your entire group during their timeslot. Easy as that!

Move to Any House

If you are looking for a new community, Move to Any House is the phase for you. Move to Any House allows you to select a space in any Four-Year or Upperclass House. For this, you will want the student in your group with the earliest timeslot to select your space and assign beds for your group. This way, you have a better chance to land the room type or location you are after.

How to Apply

Spring 2024 Housing

Returning Students

You will submit your preferred housing options by completing the Housing Application located at MyHomeAtPenn.  To access the application, you will need to log in using your PennKey username and password and navigate to the Spring 2024 Housing Application tab. 

The housing application will become live on October 23.  The application must be submitted by November 30 to be considered in the first round of assignments.  Applications received after November 30 will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis.   

All students that were admitted for Fall 2020 and later are required to reside on-campus for four semesters.  If a student that was admitted for Fall 2020 or later is returning from a leave of absence and has not completed their four-semester residency requirement, they will be required to apply for Spring semester housing.  For more information about the on-campus residency requirement, please visit here. If you are returning from a leave of absence, the Housing Occupancy team will contact you via email with application instructions. 

If you are a returning undergraduate student, you will self-select your room for the Spring 2024 semester in early December.  An email will be sent to all applicants in early December notifying them about their timeslot and how to select their rooms 

Exchange Students

You will submit your preferred housing options by completing the Housing Application located at MyHomeAtPenn.  To access the application, you will need to log in using your PennKey username and password and navigate to the Spring 2024 Housing Application tab. 

The housing application will become live on October 23.  The application must be submitted by December 1 to be considered in the first round of assignments.  Applications received after December 1 will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis.   

Exchange students who do not submit their housing applications by December 9 will be assigned to any available space.  Spring housing assignment information will be made available on Tuesday, December 12. 

All incoming exchange students are required to reside in on-campus housing, and students that were admitted for Fall 2020 and later are required to reside on-campus for four semesters.  If a student that was admitted for Fall 2020 or later is returning from a leave of absence and has not completed their four-semester requirement, they will be required to apply for Spring semester housing.  For more information about the on-campus residency requirement, please visit here

Exchange students will rank all 8 College Houses that are available to Upperclass students.  While your preferences are considered in the housing assignment process, they are not guaranteed due to availability, as returning Penn students have already been assigned rooms. Due to the high demand for high-rise apartments with private bedrooms, it is strongly encouraged that you also include preferences in other buildings.  There is limited availability for single and private bedrooms, so students should anticipate an assignment in a shared bedroom.