Current Students

Current Penn State students who want to #LiveOn for the 2022-2023 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 #LiveOn 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 and #LiveOn next year! 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, Webinar, or stop by a Tabling Event

Attend an Information Session, Webinar, or stop by a Tabling Event to learn more about the process. The Housing Assignment Office will also be at both Housing Fairs to answer questions regarding housing options for upper-class students. Students are also encouraged to contact the Housing Assignment Office to learn more about the process.

Not able to attend?  Sorry to hear that! Please view the LiveOn 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 academic year will be approved in either 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 (Beaver, Hiester, Wolf), South (Atherton, McElwain, Simmons), and West (Hamilton, Jordan, Thompson, Watts) Housing Areas
  • Double Room, Renovated Residence Halls (1 roommate)
    The majority of students live in regular doubles in South Housing Area (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 By Request (1-5 roommates)
    larger room that can accommodate up to 6-8 roommates. Located in traditional residence halls in South, West, and Pollock, or a renovated residence hall in South

 

Step 3: Request Housing 

Eligible students interested in living on campus for the 2022-2023 academic year will need to Request Housing in October, or between December - January. The Request Housing feature in eLiving opens/closes at NOON.

  • Students who Request Housing October 1-31 will be eligible for the November invitation process
  • Students who Request Housing in December 1 - January 31 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 to #LiveOn!

Ineligible students interested in living on campus for the 2022-2023 academic year will be able to add their name to the On-Campus Housing Waitlist when it opens at noon December 1. Students on the Waitlist will receive a Housing HFS Contract offer 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 Friend Request

After selecting a housing option, the student can add an eligible friend request. The friend does NOT have to be someone the student wants to live with, but can be added as a roommate preference on the HFS Contract. For the friend to be eligible, the friend requested must have Requested Housing and not have already accepted a HFS Contract. The friend is not required to have received an invitation.
 

3: Accept HFS Contract Offer

Once the student enters eligible friend requests, the student will be able to “generate an HFS Contract offer.” The system will create an HFS Contract offer for the student and friend(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. During the HFS Contract acceptance process, the student can then indicate housing preferences (if available) and roommate(s) preferences. 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 Living Learning Communities (LLCs) 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 can add their name to the On-Campus Housing Waitlist, which will open at Noon December 1. Overflow housing is not a specific housing option; based on preferences that a student indicates on the HFS Contract and any Housing Option Waitlist that a student adds their name to, the student will be assigned to a space that is available. All students who accept Overflow Housing will be assigned to a room on campus.

Eligibility Guidelines for University Park

Students who are eligible to participate in the housing process:

  • Eligibility is based on a student's fall or spring semester active HFS Contract.  Those living on campus right now are eligible to Request Housing.  Students who are new to Penn State or deferred admission to Spring will be eligible to Request Housing once they have scheduled spring courses during the second Housing Request phase.
  • Every student who Requests Housing will receive an invitation to live on campus, and can select an available housing option.  So if you want to #LiveOn, you will be able to do so!
  • The Request Housing phase will be Oct. 131, and then Dec. 1 - Jan 31 
  • Invitations will be made in November and February

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

  • Incoming first-year students (housing is guaranteed through the Admissions process)
  • Students who currently live off campus at University Park
  • Students who did not Request Housing during the request time
  • Students who were released from the HFS Contract
  • Students transferring from another university

Friend and Roommate Requests

A friend and/or roommate request is not required. If the housing option selected permits roommates (an option other than a single-occupancy room), the student is able to indicate a friend on the invitation. The system will verify the friend’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 friend request is “ineligible”, the friend request will not be added. The student can indicate a different, eligible friend request. The housing process also supports Gender Neutral Housing, and allows students to indicate a friend request of a different gender. The friend is someone who will receive a HFS Contract offer for the same type of housing option selected - the friend does not necessarily have to be a roommate who the student wants to live with. 

Roommate requests can be added to the HFS Contract when the student accepts the offer, there will be a page to enter roommate requests Penn State Access Account IDs.

Living Learning Community members and Sorority Chapters

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