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 2020 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

As an incoming first-year student, you will complete your housing application through MyHomeAtPenn.  To apply, you must accept your Admissions offer.  In early May, you will be given information on how to set-up your PennKey.  You will need to set-up your PennKey to access the housing application MyHomeAtPenn.  The application will become live on May 6.  The application must be submitted by May 31 to be considered in the first round of assignments. Applications received after May 31 will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis beginning in June. Students who do not submit their housing applications by June 25 will be assigned to any available space.

When completing the application, you will be asked to rank your top 6 preferred College Houses.  First-year students will be able to select any First-Year or Four-Year College House.  While your preferences are considered in the housing assignment process, they are not guaranteed due to availability.

Once assignments are available, usually in mid-June, you will view and confirm your assignment by logging into Campus Express with your PennKey usernameand password. 

 

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

As an incoming Transfer student, you will complete your housing application through MyHomeAtPenn.  To apply, you must accept your Admissions offer.  Once you accept your Admissions offer, you will be sent information on how to set up your PennKey.  You will need to set-up your PennKey to access the housing application.  The housing application will become live on June 16.  The application must be submitted by June 30 to be considered in the first round of assignments.  Applications received after June 30 will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis.  Students who do not submit their housing applications by July 15 will be assigned to any available space.  

When completing the application, you will be asked to rank your top 6 preferred College Houses.  Transfer students are eligible to select any Upperclass or 4-Year College House.  While your preferences are considered in the housing assignment process, they are not guaranteed due to availability. 

Once assignments are available, usually in mid-July, you will view and confirm your assignments by logging into Campus Express with your PennKey username and password. 

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

Whether coming to Penn for the fall, spring, or academic year, 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. You will receive information via email about how to create a PennKey and password a few weeks after being accepted.  

The housing application will become live on June 16.  The application must be submitted by June 30 to be considered in the first round of assignments.  Applications received after June 30 will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis.  Students who do not submit their housing applications by July 15 will be assigned to any available space.

When completing the application, you will be asked to rank your top 6 preferred College Houses.  You will be able to select all available Upperclass and 4-Year College Houses.  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.   

 

Once assignments are available, usually in mid-July, you will view and confirm your assignments by logging into Campus Express with your PennKey username and password. 

How to Apply

Second-Year Students

Application

In mid-February, the housing application will open for all returning students who intend to return to campus housing for the following academic year. This application is for all third- and fourth-year students who plan to stay on campus, as well as for our second-year students, including transfer students, who are required to live with us for their first four semesters at Penn.

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!

*Housing is not based on a first come, first served basis. Whether you apply as soon as the application opens or the day before it closes has no effect on your timeslot for selection. So, take your time with the details! *

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.

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:

  • DuBois College House
  • Gregory College House
  • Harnwell College House
  • Harrison College House
  • Lauder College House
  • New College House West
  • Rodin College House
  • Stouffer College House

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 amount of vacancies in the room/apartment you select.

 

How to Apply

Third & Fourth Year Students

Selection

In mid-February, the housing application will open for all returning students who want to return to campus housing for the following academic year. This application is for all third- and fourth-year students who plan to stay on campus, as well as for our second-year students who are required to live with us for their first four semesters at Penn.

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!

*Housing is not based on a first come, first served basis. Whether you apply as soon as the application opens or the day before it closes has no effect on your timeslot for selection. So, take your time with the details! *

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.

New for 2021 Selection

Please familiarize yourselves with the terms ‘Fill a Unit,’ and ‘Fill a Bed.’ In the past, you may remember our ‘Priority,’ and ‘Open,’ selection.

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 in a single group, you can only select a single, or take one single bed in a unit so long as it fills the room.

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

  • Are you and your roommate looking to fill two of four beds in a quad? Or is it just you and you’d like to take one bed in a triple apartment?
  • Any scenario is possible during Fill a Bed.
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 Another House

If you are looking for a new community, Move to Another 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.