Supplemental Housing

What is Supplemental Housing?

The University uses supplemental housing space to offer more students the opportunity to enjoy the on-campus living experience. Some universities may refer to this type of housing as temporary or overflow housing.  Supplemental housing space is typically lounge space that has been converted to permanent living space - the rooms are located within University housing and offer students all the amenities of a regular room - bed, desk, drawers, hanging space for clothes, Internet and cable TV connection, microfridge - but since the room is larger, the room can accommodate four to eight roommates. Some students may also be assigned to share a double room with a Resident Assistant (RA). These types of assignments, even though it is located in a regular double room, will also be considered supplemental housing and the student will be reassigned as regular space becomes available. 

Both first-year and upperclass students are assigned to supplemental housing.

First-year students

Housing space is reserved for first-year students, and students are guaranteed a space on campus. When the assignment process is run, students are put in date-order of when the offer of admission was accepted. As assignments are processed, at some point, space reserved in regular double rooms is filled. Once that happens, students are assigned to supplemental housing. Generally, a student who has accepted the offer of admission after April 1 has a greater chance of being assigned to supplemental housing. As students decide not to attend Penn State before or after the semester has started, the cancellation will create a vacancy in regular housing. Students assigned to supplemental housing may then be reassigned, based on the amount of space available. 

Upperclass students

During the housing contract process for upperclass students, HFS Contract offers are made for regular and supplemental housing. Upperclass students who accept a supplemental housing HFS Contract will be assigned to a supplemental housing space. Any student with an HFS Contract is eligible to add his or her name to a Waitlist for other housing options available, and could be reassigned if space becomes available.

Supplemental Housing Room Information

Supplemental housing rooms are available in every residence hall, and there are many layouts. Learn more about the most common supplemental housing room, including room furnishings, dimensions, room diagrams, and photos.

Moving to Regular Housing Space

The amount of time that a student spends in supplemental housing varies, depending upon the overall occupancy and when/where a vacancy exists. As regular housing space becomes available, staff will determine which student living in supplemental housing will be reassigned. This determination depends upon many factors, including where the vacancy exists, the type of student currently living in the vacancy, and how many students are currently living in the supplemental housing room. Housing makes every effort to keep a student in his or her current assigned building or housing area, and will assign a roommate who is of similar semester standing. If a student is reassigned, he or she will be notified of the new assignment in plenty of time to prepare to move within the four-day allotted time frame.

Supplemental Housing Room Rate

The room rate for supplemental housing is a reduced room rate relative to the housing area where it is located. If a student assigned to supplemental housing is reassigned to another room type, the room rate will be prorated and the additional cost will be charged to the student’s Bursar account