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Current Students

Students who want to #LiveTheTradition for the 2020-2021 academic year will need to participate in the Housing Process, which sends students invitations to view available housing options and then create a Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract.

Current Penn State students who are eligible to #LiveTheTradition next year will need to REQUEST HOUSING during the established timeline. The housing process is managed through the eLiving system, which requires a student to authenticate using their Penn State Access Account User ID (e.g., abc1234) and password.

Every student who Requests Housing will receive an invitation to view available housing options, however the University is not able to guarantee that every student will be able to select a specific preferred housing option. This assures that every student has the opportunity to live on campus next year. The housing process also supports Gender Neutral Housing assignments.

Housing Process Steps

 

Step One: Attend an Information Session

Attend an Information Session, held during Parents and Family Weekend, to learn more about the process. The Housing Assignment Office will be at the Housing Fair to answer questions. Students are also encouraged to visit the Assignment Office to learn more about the process.

Not able to attend?  Sorry to hear that! Later in October, you can review the Housing Information Session Presentation.

Step Two: Review Housing Options

Upper-class students have many housing options to consider! Review the available housing options and associated room rates to determine which housing option meets your need and fits your budget. Posted room rates are for the current academic year. The room rates for the 2020-2021 academic year will be approved in February/March by the Board of Trustees; you should assume that there will be a rate increase (a good estimate would be 3-5%).

Upper-class student housing options (roommate requests that can be entered):

  • Double Room, Traditional Residence Halls (1 roommate)
    The majority of students live in regular doubles, with limited quads and triples. Space is located in Pollock, West, and South Housing Areas.
  • Double Room, Renovated Residence Halls (1 roommate)
    The majority of students live in regular doubles in Chace, Hibbs, and Stephens Halls, as well as other limited renovated spaces within South Housing Area.
  • North Hall suites (1-3 roommates)
    2-bedroom/4-person suite with shared bathroom. Limited 2-bedroom/2-person suites are available.
  • Nittany Hall suites (1-3 roommates)
    2-bedroom/4-person suite with shared bathroom.
  • Single Room, Traditional Residence Halls (no roommates)
    Single-occupancy rooms located in Pollock, West, and South Housing Areas.
  • Eastview Terrace (no roommate)
    Single-occupancy room with private bathroom and air conditioning
  • Nittany Apartments (1-3 roommates) 
    2-bedroom/4-person apartments and 4-bedroom/4-person apartments
  • White Course Apartments (1-3 roommates)
    4-bedroom/4-person apartments
  • Supplemental housing (1-3 requested roommates, rooms accommodate between 4-8 students)
    Students who accept this type of HFS Contract will be assigned to supplemental housing and will be moved to another housing option as vacancies become available.
  • Supplemental housing by request (1-3 requested roommates, rooms accommodate between 4-8 students)
    Students who accept this type of HFS Contract will automatically be assigned to permanent supplemental housing and will not be moved.

Step 3: Request Housing 

Eligible students interested in living on campus for the 2020-2021 academic year will need to Request Housing in October, December, or January. Students who Request Housing in October will be eligible for the November invitation process, and those who Request Housing in December and January will be eligible for the February invitation process. Invitations are offered on a random basis, not on a first-come, first-served process. The date that a student Requests Housing is not considered when housing invitations are made. All students who Request Housing will receive an invitation!

Ineligible students interested in living on campus for the 2020-2021 academic year will be able to add their name to the Housing Waitlist when it opens at noon December 1. Students on the Waitlist will receive HFS Contract offers for supplemental housing on Monday afternoons, starting in late-February. 

Step 4: Review the Housing Invitation

Invitations are sent between noon and 5:00pm on Mondays and Thursdays throughout November and February. Once a student receives an invitation, the student will need to complete the entire process before the invitation expiration date (Monday invitations expire Thursday at noon, Thursday invitations expire Monday at noon). The invitation is not a Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract offer, but an opportunity for the student to view available housing options and make the decision to live on campus and create a Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract.

1: Select a Housing Option

The invitation will display the available housing options and how many spaces are remaining for each option. If the student has a roommate request, each housing option will indicate the maximum number of roommates that can be added.

2: Add a Roommate Request

After selecting a housing option, the student can add an eligible roommate request. To be eligible, the roommate requested must have Requested Housing and not have already accepted a HFS Contract. The roommate is not required to have received an invitation.
 

3: Accept HFS Contract Offer

Once the student enters eligible roommate requests, the student will be able to “generate an HFS Contract offer.” The system will create an HFS Contract offer for the student and roommate(s), which will be added to each student’s Shopping Cart in eLiving. Once the HFS Contract offer is available, each student is responsible for individually accepting the HFS Contract offer before the invitation process expiration date. If the HFS Contract offer is not accepted by the expiration date and the offer expires, the offer cannot be remade.

 

Waitlists

After a student has accepted a HFS Contract, the student may utilize the Housing Option Waitlist to indicate interest in another housing option. Waitlists for the different housing options and Special Living Options will be available at noon December 1, and a student may select one Waitlist to be considered for reassignment. As vacancies occur, students on the Waitlist will be reassigned into that specific housing option.

Students who are not eligible to participate in the housing process will also be able to add their name to a Housing Waitlist, which will open at Noon December 1, 2019. This Waitlist is for supplemental housing initially, but once the student has accepted a HFS Contract, the student can add their name to one Waitlist for another type of housing option to be considered for reassignment. Any student who is assigned to supplemental housing is automatically considered for reassignment to a double room, traditional residence hall as space becomes available.

Eligibility Guidelines for University Park

Students who are eligible to participate in the housing process:

  • Students who are currently living on campus at University Park
  • Students attending another Penn State Campus and who anticipate a Change of Campus to University Park for the following academic year

Students who are not eligible to participate in the housing process:

  • Incoming first-year students
  • Students who currently live off campus at University Park
  • Students who did not Request Housing during the request time
  • Students transferring from another university

Roommate Requests

A roommate request is not required. If the housing option selected permits a roommate request to be added, and the student wants to indicate a roommate request, the system will verify the student’s eligibility:

  • The roommate request must have Requested Housing
  • The roommate request must not have already accepted a HFS Contract

If the system indicates that a roommate request is “ineligible”, the roommate request will not be added. The student can indicate a different, eligible roommate request. The housing process also supports Gender Neutral Housing, and allows students to indicate a roommate request of a different gender.

Special Living Option members and Sorority Chapters

  • Students who considering recruitment for a sorority chapter or are a part of certain Special Living Options should review the appropriate housing process for those groups. Please note that some Special Living Options are available to first-year students only, and upper-class students may not return to that living space.