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 timeline vary depending on the your time at Penn. Updates, deadlines, and other specifics regarding room selection will come 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 2021 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 will be shared in the spring semester.

 

Program Communities

Program Communities are smaller theme-based communities within a College House. When completing your housing application, you can apply to one Program Community.  Most Program Community applications require an essay. Your essay should describe your present interests and activities related to the Program, the contributions you expect to make, and the benefits you hope to derive from the community membership. These essays are reviewed by the House Director for acceptance into the Program and room assignment.  

How to Apply

Transfer Students

Housing Application

More information will be shared in the spring semester.

Program Communities

Program Communities are smaller theme-based communities within a College House. When completing your housing application, you can apply to one Upperclass Program Community. You will not be required to submit an essay for your Program Community application.  Space is limited. 

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 up to two Transfer Communities built to surround you with students that share your experience. These communities, located in Gregory College House and Stouffer College House, offer support and programming designed to best serve transfer students. 

How to Apply

Exchange Students

Housing Application

More information will be shared in the spring semester. 

How to Apply

Second-Year Students

Application

In January, the housing application will open for all returning students who intend to return to campus housing for the following academic year. All students entering into 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 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 housing application will give you the tools to find the ideal housing fit for you out of the rooms available.

Start your planning, discuss it with your intended roommates, and become familiar with your preferences. More information and dates for room selection will become available shortly!

 

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 phase 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 and room assignment.

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 Preferred Room Selection Application for this group starting on October 26.  The Preferred Room Selection Application is an opportunity for these students to let us know they want to complete spring semester’s room selection process.  Completing the Preferred Room Selection Application gives students in advantage when room selection timeslots are determined.  

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 housing application will give you the tools to find the ideal housing fit for you out of the rooms available.

Start your planning, discuss it with your intended roommates, and become familiar with your preferences. More information and dates for room selection will become available shortly!

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 phase 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 and room assignment.

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 bed 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 Another 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

Graduate Students

New Grad Students

New graduate students interested in living on campus will access the application online with their Pennkey and password. You will be asked to enter your room or apartment type preferences within the application. If none of your preferences are available, you will not be assigned housing unless you answered “yes” to the question asking if you will accept any room type. Priority is given to full-time graduate students; part-time students may be accommodated as space allows at the discretion of the Director.  

Special Interest Communities

Special Interest Communities, sometimes referred to as academic clustering, are floors where students in similar academic programs or who have shared academic interested are housed together.  You can request a Special Interest Community on your housing application. Students in related fields have priority for these spaces. 

Special Interest Communities available: 

  • Design 
  • Education 
  • Engineering 
  • Health Sciences (Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Nursing) 
  • Law 
  • Social Work
Returning Grad Application

As a returning graduate student, you have the option to remain in your current room for the next year. When completing the application, be sure to select the Room Retention section. If you do not retain during the Returning Graduate Housing Application dates, you may still request to, but your room may be assigned to another student. Students who retain their rooms have the option to remain in continuous residence and will be charged July and August rent.  

If you are looking to change rooms for the next year, be sure to select the Room Change section of the application. You will need to list your room type preferences, being as specific as possible, list all of the options you are willing to consider. Applications will be processed in the order received.