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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

Fill out the Housing Application anytime between May 5 to May 31 at 11:59pm EDT. The date you submit does not impact your priority during this time period.

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

The housing application will open on June 16.

The preferred deadline to complete the application is June 30.

The application deadline is July 11.

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

The housing application will open on June 16.

The preferred deadline to complete the application is June 30.

The application deadline is July 11.

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

Room Selection for the 2022-2023 has closed! We will update dates for the following academic year's room selection process in the Fall 2022 semester.

Important Info
  • Members of the Class of ’25 and transfer students admitted as second year students are required to live on campus for the 2022-2023 academic year as part of Penn’s Second Year Experience.
  • 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 Any House. And a bonus – rising third and fourth-year residents are also able to participate in the Room Retention process.

New this year!  We have space across campus for third and fourth-year students that want to live Penn, so we are offering the Preferred Room Selection Application for this group starting on October 26.  The Preferred Room Selection Application is an opportunity for these students to let us know they want to complete the spring semester’s room selection process.  Completing this gives students an advantage when room selection timeslots are determined.

Submitting a Preferred Room Selection Application does not commit a student to housing until they actually select a room during the room selection process in the spring semester.

Important Dates

Missed room selection? We've got you covered! Apply for on-campus housing via our Rolling Undergraduate Application, which is currently open at MyHomeAtPenn.

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 community, Sansom Place. Graduate students have a lot on their plates, and our application is designed to help make your housing search simpler. Bringing you close to classes, dining, and your research, Sansom Place not only connects you to campus and other graduate students.

Important Dates

Returning graduate students can apply starting April 4 via MyHomeAtPenn. New graduate students can begin applying April 4th or when their graduate program provide them with their PennKey and password. 

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 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