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! *
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.
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.