Roommates

Students can request roommates or have roommates and suitemate assigned to their common living space. Read below to find more information about these processes for our residents. 

You can request one roommate or complete your Lifestyle Profile in the application, and Housing Occupancy will use those selections along with your room type preferences to match you with a roommate. 

If you and your roommate share the same sex assigned at birth, there are specific steps you must take to be assigned together. 

  •  Start your application and create your usernames for the housing portal and share those with each other.  
  •  Make sure all housing preferences and room choices are exactly the same. 
  •  If you are applying to a Program Community, both roommates must apply and be accepted into the program. A Program will not accept one roommate without the other. 
  •  One roommate can then request the other by entering the first, last, and user name exactly as they have been entered. 
  •  The requested roommate must then accept the request. If the requested roommate decides to decline for any reason (or not attend Penn), it is their responsibility to share this information with the requester. 
  •  Neither roommate should submit their form without confirming the other roommate has applied and completed the roommate step.  You cannot change or add information once you submit your application. 
  •  Both forms must be submitted by May 4. If you submit after May 4, both forms must be received within a close time period (1-3 days). 

If your roommate has a different sex assigned at birth than you, here is how you make your roommate request. 

  •  Both you and your roommate must indicate that you are interested in Gender Inclusive Housing.  
  •  After this step, you will enter the first, last, and user name of your requested roommate (do not use the roommate request search function earlier in the application).  
  •  If you are under 18 years of age, a guardian must submit written consent. 
  •  Residential Services recognizes that transgender and intersex students may have particular needs for their on-campus living environment. Students are encouraged to contact the Housing Occupancy Office to discuss possible options for best supporting their needs. 

As a returning student, selecting who you live with is an important part of the application process. You and your roommate(s) will create a “Group” within the application. One of the members of your Group will need to be identified as the “Captain” and will set the Group Name and password. Once the Group is established, the Captain must share the Group Name and password with the other members so that they can opt into the Group. Once all members of the Group are showing on the Captain’s application, they will need to “Verify” the Group. Once a Group is verified, its members are locked in and new members cannot be added. All members of the group must either be of the same sex assigned at birth or have selected Gender Inclusive Housing. 

If you plan to live alone, or do not have a specific roommate request, you will need to follow the steps above to create your Group. You will simply verify your group with you as the only member. During Priority Selection you will only be allowed to select single rooms, but during Open Selection, you will be allowed to fill any vacant space without regard to filling the room. Students can select bed spaces in occupied rooms, so long as their gender matches that of the occupants. Should a student select Gender Inclusive Housing, they can only reserve a space where all other occupants have also made that selection. 

You may request one roommate of the same sex assigned at birth by following the steps below. You and your roommate must start your Housing Preference Request Forms and create your usernames (screen names) for the housing portal.

  • Share your username with your roommate and discuss your housing preferences because all room choices must match to be assigned together. Be aware that if you are applying to a Special Interest Communities, both roommates must apply and be accepted into the program.
  • One roommate may then request the other by entering the roommate’s first and last names exactly as they appear on their housing form (Details step).
  • The requested roommate then returns to the housing form and must accept the request. If the requested roommate decides to decline for any reason (or not attend Penn), it is their responsibility to share this information with the requester.
  • Neither roommate should submit their form without confirming that the other roommate has applied and completed the roommate step. You cannot change or add information once you submit your Housing Preference Request Form.