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Room Selection

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Room Selection

Housing Policy

For the 2020-2021 academic year, all first-year students, including transfers, and exchange students are required to live on campus.   

As part of the Class of 2024, incoming first-year students will be required to live on campus for four semesters.  

Exceptions to this policy include students enrolled in the College of Liberal Studies or in the Penn Nursing BSN Second Degree Program. Exceptions will also be granted for married students, those in a University-recognized domestic partnership, and those living with their dependents. 

 Graduate student housing is available with priority given to full-time graduate students.  Part-time students may be accommodated if space allows and at the discretion of the Director.  

Room Selection

First-Year

As an incoming student to the Penn community, we know that you’re excited to learn which College House is going to be your first home away from home. That’s why our application process is designed to match students with their ideal room. Through the information you share in the Lifestyle Profile and Room Preferences, our team helps find your first assignment. 

Important Dates
  • Application available – Wednesday, April 1 at 12 noon 
  • Preferred deadline – Monday, May 4 at 11:59pm 
  • Assignment available – Monday, June 8 
  • Application closes – Friday, June 26
Important Info
  • All first-year students are required to live in a College House and purchase a dining plan. 
  • First-year students can live in a First-Year House or Four-Year House. 
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Transfer

As a new member of the Penn community, we know that you’re ready to hit the ground running and make your mark at school. That’s why our application process helps your find your first place at Penn. 

Important Dates
  • Application available – mid-May 2020
  • Preferred deadline – Wednesday, June 17 at 11:59 pm
  • Assignment available – Friday, June 26
  • Application closes –  Friday, June 26 at 11:59 pm
Important Info
  • New transfer students are required to live in a College House and purchase a dining plan their first year of enrollment.
  • Students are welcome to live in any of our Four-Year or Upperclass communities if space is available. 
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Exchange

We know that you want to make the most of your time at Penn, and we want you to be at the heart of campus. Our Exchange Student application is designed for you to share with us your housing and lifestyle preferences, so that our team can help match you with the College House that will soon become your home at Penn. 

Important Dates
  • Application available –  Wednesday, April 1
  • Preferred deadline – Wednesday, June 17 at 11:59 pm
  • Assignment available – Friday, June 26
  • Application closes – Friday, June 26 at 11:59 pm
Important Info
  • All exchange students are required to live on campus and participate in a dining plan their time at Penn. 
  • Students are welcome to live in any of our Four-Year or Upperclass communities if space is available. 
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Second-Year

With the experience of living in the College Houses under your belt, you now have even more opportunities to expand your communities and design how you want to live during your second-year. As a returning undergraduate student, you have three phases of room selection to help you select your next – Program Communities, Return to House, and Move to Another House. 

Important Dates
  • Typically, room selection for returning undergraduates happens in January and February. We’ll update over the summer with specific dates.
Important Info
  • Starting with the incoming class of 2024, Penn’s Second Year Experience initiative will include a two-year housing commitment. 
  • Second-year students can live in our Four-Year and Upperclass Houses. 
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Third-Year & Fourth-Year

You know your College Houses, and our application process gets you one step closer to returning to our College House communities. As a returning undergraduate student, you have three phases of room selection to help you select your next – Program Communities, Return to House, and Move To Another House. And a bonus – rising third and fourth-year residents are also able to participate in the Room Retention process.

Important Dates
  • Typically, room selection for returning undergraduates happens in January and February. We’ll update over the summer with specific dates.
Important Info
  • Third-Year and Fourth-Year students can live in our Four-Year and Upperclass Houses. 
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New & Returning Graduate

New and returning graduate students have the opportunity to live in our graduate-only housing, Sansom Place East. Graduate students have a lot on their plates, and our application is designed to help make your housing search simpler. Brining you close to classes, dining, and your research, Sansom Place East not only connects you to campus, but also to students in similar academic programs as your own; through their Special Interest Communities. 

Important Dates
  • April 1 – Application opens for new graduate students
  • May 15 – Rolling room assignment release via Campus Express
Important Info
  • Priority is given to full-time graduate students; part-time graduate students may be accommodated as space allows and at the discretion of the Director. 
  • Graduate students residing in designated Sansom Place East Grad Plus apartments may share their one-bedroom apartment with a spouse, partner, or significant other adult (18 or older). Families with children cannot be accommodated. 
  • Tours of Sansom Place East are available upon request. 
  • Special Interest Communities available include: Design, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences (Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, and Nursing), Law, and Social Work.