First Year Student

Housing and Food Service Contract process for new first-year students attending University Park

To accept your Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract, all you have to do is accept your Offer of Admission to Penn State! First-year students are required to live on campus at University Park. By accessing your MyPennState account, you can accept your offer to Penn State, submit your nonrefundable admission fees and housing deposit, and accept your HFS Contract - all at the same time!

Alternatively, you may return your Acceptance Notification, acceptance fees, and housing deposit by mail to the following address:

Office of the Bursar
The Pennsylvania State University
103 Shields Building
University Park, PA, 16802-1276

If you choose to mail in your acceptance notification, the HFS Contract will be available for you to accept on the eLiving website after the University receives your acceptance fees and processes your acceptance.

First-year students are required to live on campus per the following timeline:

Semester Admitted Residency Requirement
Summer Session Summer session, Fall semester, Spring semester
Fall Semester Fall semester, Spring semester
Spring Semester Spring semester (optional offer for following academic year available)

Housing Contract Preferences

After you accept your offer of admission and HFS Contract, you can then log into eLiving to indicate preferences on your HFS Contract, such as housing area, Campus Meal Plan level, roommate choice, or a Special Living Option choice, before the deadline. When room assignments are processed, the date that the offer of admission is accepted is used to determine priority. Therefore, the earlier the offer of admission is accepted, the better chance of receiving housing preferences for the academic year. HFS Contract preferences are never guaranteed.

Contract preferences can be modified until May 15. Students attending both summer and fall semesters should indicate preferences for both contract periods. For a limited time at the beginning of summer session, summer session students can submit fall roommate preferences.

Roommate Request Process

To learn how to request a roommate, see the Roommate Request Process.

Supplemental Housing

Students who accept their offer of admission after April 1 may not receive their indicated preferences and will have a greater chance of being assigned to a supplemental housing room – a reduced rate residence hall room that houses four or more people – rather than to a regular double room. Learn more about supplemental housing at

Requesting an Exemption from First Year Housing

All first-year students are required to live on campus during the first year. However, there are a few valid reasons for students to request an exemption to this policy. Learn more about Housing Exemptions.

Medical Accommodations

Penn State provides a climate of equal opportunity to all programs, activities, and services, and is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Penn State is committed to providing accessible housing to students with disabilities as defined by these laws. Review the medical accommodations process and the associated deadlines for submitting paperwork.

Room Assignments

Summer session room assignments will be posted two weeks prior to arrival. Fall semester room assignments will be posted by late July. Assignments are posted on eLiving, and notification is sent to students when assignments are available to view. 

Room and Board Charges

Room and Board charges for each semester that a student has an accepted HFS Contract will be posted to the student's Bursar account. If there is a change to a student's room assignment that has a different room rate, the charge/credit will be applied to the student's account based on a prorated amount.