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.

 

How to Apply

Transfer Students

Housing Application

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

How to Apply

Exchange Students

Housing Application

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

How to Apply

Second-Year Students

Application

On January 18, the Room Selection application will open for all current students who intend to return to campus housing for the 2023-2024 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.

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?  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 2023 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.  

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.  

Returning Grad Application

If you are interested in living in Sansom Place West for the spring semester, you can apply via MyHomeAtPenn starting on October 25th. 

Please note that Sansom Place West will close at the conclusion of the 2022-2023 academic year.

How to Apply

Spring 2023 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.

The housing application will become live on October 25.  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 13.

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.

If you are an undergraduate student, when completing the application, you will be asked to rank your top 4 preferred College Houses.  If you are an exchange student, 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.  There is limited availability for single and private bedrooms, so students should anticipate an assignment in a shared bedroom.     

If you are a graduate student, when completing the application, you will be asked to select your preferred room type options in Sansom West.  Please note, you are only required to input one choice, but you can add up to 4 choices.