Study Abroad

Be sure to coordinate your on-campus housing while planning your study abroad. Our flexibility provides students the ease of knowing where they will live for a semester, whether they are abroad in the fall or spring.

Students may apply for spring housing beginning October 23 at MyHomeAtPenn. Housing is generally available mid-year, although room type availability may be limited. To receive priority, apply by December 1. We will try to accommodate requests to live with friends currently on campus if space is available in their room/apartment. Applications are prioritized based on the date submitted. Applicants will receive an email on December 1 with instructions on how to select a room and their timeslot information.

Students may apply for on-campus housing for the upcoming year via the Room Selection process that takes place during the Spring semester. You are eligible to participate in all three phases: Program Communities, Return to House, and Move to Any House. The application information is available in the Returning Students section of our website. Apply and select a room at MyHomeAtPenn at the appropriate time. Please check your Penn email regularly for up-to-date information and reminders. If you miss the Room Selection process, you may apply to the Rolling Undergraduate process at MyHomeAtPenn beginning mid-March.

If you have not identified specific roommates you want to live with when you return, submit the Spring housing application with your room type preferences. The Housing Occupancy Office will attempt to place you in a matching room type, but please note that availability at mid-year is limited and room type preference matches and housing in general are not guaranteed.

If you want to live with specific friends when you return, you have two options: 

  1. Find a student who is graduating in December 2024 or studying abroad for the Spring 2025 semester who can participate in Room Selection with your friends in your place. Do not participate in Room Selection 2024-2025. When you are ready to return to campus, submit the Spring housing application instead and request the specific room of the person who is leaving. Make sure that the person who is leaving submits their Request for Early Termination in November 2024, or their room will not become available for you.  

  2. If you did not take option 1, you can submit the Spring housing application and request the specific room you’d like to fill upon your return. Please note that requests are subject to availability and we can make no guarantee of your placement.