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Housing Policy

All University of Pennsylvania undergraduate students are required to live in on-campus housing for their first four semesters (excluding summers), regardless of the number of course credits (CU) or class standing. Sophomore transfers are required to live in on-campus for their first four semesters. Junior transfer students are required to live in on-campus housing for their first two semesters.

  • Transfer students who lived on campus their first year at their previous institution may count those semesters toward the requirement.  Students will provide campus residence and contact information in their application.
  • Students who study abroad during their sophomore year may include that time toward the requirement.
  • A student who has taken a leave of absence during their first two years living on campus may apply for an exemption from the residency requirement.  The exemption will be approved if a student lived on campus for three complete semesters. 
  • Signing an off-campus lease or entering into a housing agreement within a fraternity or sorority house does not exempt the student from this policy

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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 College House Preferences, our team helps find your first assignment. 

Important Dates

Information for incoming first-year students will be shared in the spring semester.

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

Information for incoming first-year students will be shared in the spring semester.

Important Info
  • All University of Pennsylvania undergraduate students are required to live in on-campus for their first four semesters.
  • Students are eligible to live in any of our Four-Year or Upperclass communities.
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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

Information for incoming first-year students will be shared in the spring semester.

Important Info
  • All exchange students are required to live on campus and participate in a dining plan during their time at Penn. 
  • Students are eligible to live in any of our Four-Year or Upperclass communities. 
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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 Any House. 

Important Dates
  • November 1:  Housing Exemption form opens for current second year transfer students who have previously lived on-campus at other institutions
  • January 18:  Room Selection application opens at 1 pm.
  • January 18:  Housing Exemption form opens for any current first year and second year transfer students.
  • January 27:  Program Community application closes at 1 pm.
  • February 7:  Room Selection application closes at 5 pm.
  • February 9:  Room selection timeslots and Program Community assignments emailed to all current first year and second year transfer students
  • February 10 – March 3:  Room selection processes open to eligible students. 
Important Info
  • Members of the Class of ’26 and transfer students admitted as second year students are required to live on campus for the 2023-2024 academic year as part of Penn’s Second Year Experience.
  • Second-year students can live in our Four-Year and Upperclass Houses: Du Bois, Gregory-Class of ’25, Gutmann, Harnwell, Harrison, Radian, Rodin, and Stouffer-Mayer.
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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 Any House. And a bonus – rising third and fourth-year residents are also able to participate in the Room Retention process.

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 rising third or fourth-year student that wants to live on campus next year should submit this application while it is available.  All applications received by the closing deadline of November 21 at 5 pm will be randomized, so it doesn’t matter when an application is completed!  

Applications selected by the randomization process will be eligible for Room Selection timeslots provided the remainder of the application is complete and submitted by February 7 at 5 pm. Those students with Rising Third & Fourth-Year Room Selection applications who have been placed on the housing waitlist will still be able to submit a Room Selection application during spring’s process.  Students will be removed from the waitlist and eligible for Room Selection dependent upon how many students fail to complete the remainder of their application by February 7 at 5 pm.

Submitting a Rising Third & Fourth-Year Room Selection application does not commit a student to housing until they select or are assigned to a room during the selection process in the spring semester.

 

Important Dates
  • November 1:  Rising Third & Fourth-Year Room Selection application opens at 1 pm for current second, third, and fourth-year students graduating in December 2023. 
  • November 21:  Rising Third & Fourth-Year Room Selection application closes at 5 pm
  • December 1:  Notification via email about Room Selection eligibility to all students who submitted a Rising Third & Fourth-Year Room Selection application
  • January 18:  Room Selection application opens at 1 pm. Any student who completed a Rising Third & Fourth-Year Room Selection application should complete this application to be eligible for room selection.
  • January 27:  Program Community application closes at 1 pm.
  • February 7:  Room Selection application closes at 5 pm.
  • February 9:  Room Selection timeslots and Program Community assignments emailed to all eligible students
  • February 10 – March 3:  Room selection processes open to eligible students. 
Important Info
  • Because rising third and fourth-year students are not guaranteed on-campus housing, any student that wants to live on campus next year should submit a Rising Third & Fourth-Year Room Selection application by November 21 at 5 pm.
  • Third and fourth-year students can live in our Four-Year and Upperclass Houses: Du Bois, Gregory-Class of ’25, Gutmann, Harnwell, Harrison, Radian, Rodin, and Stouffer-Mayer.
  • Rising third- and fourth-year students who fail to complete the Rising Third & Fourth-Year Room Selection Application by November 21 will still have the ability to submit a Room Selection application in the spring. These students will be placed on the housing waitlist.
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New & Returning Graduate

New and returning graduate students have the opportunity to live in our graduate-only community, Sansom Place.

If you're interested in on-campus housing in Sansom Place West for the spring 2023 semester, you can apply via MyHomeAtPenn starting October 25. 

Please note that continuous summer residency is not available and that Sansom Place West will close for housing at the end of the 2022-2023 academic year.

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Spring 2023 Housing

Are you returning from studying abroad?  Are you returning from a leave of absence? We have on-campus housing available for you!

Important Dates
  • October 25 – Application opens
  • December 1 – Preferred deadline for application
  • December 13 – Spring housing assignments become available
  • January 7 – Spring 2023 Move-In begins for undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students