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Current Students

Information For: current Penn State eligible students who live on campus at University Park and are interested in living on campus at University Park next year.

Student will use the eLiving system to participate in the online Housing Contract Lottery process during the established timeline, based on eligibility guidelines. The student's Penn State Access Account User ID (e.g., abc1234) and password are required to log in to eLiving.

Housing is not guaranteed for any student who participates in the process.

View the presentation from Parents and Family Weekend.

Contract Requests

The student should review the different housing options available on campus - there are two timelines for the lottery processed, based on the housing option. The student should also review the applicable room rate associated with the each housing option to determine which processes to participate in. Room rates are not approved until March by the Board of Trustees; the student should assume that there will be a rate increase (a good estimate would be 3-5%).

The student must submit a contract request during the established timeline for the appropriate housing option to indicate interest in living on campus. A student may submit contract requests for any housing options that are of interest to him or her. The timeline for housing requests and offers varies for each housing option, so it is important to view the timeline for each housing option. The system is not first-come, first-served, but a random lottery system. The date that a student submits a Contract Request is not referenced when offers are made. Submitting a Contract Request in the beginning of the process doesn't increase the student's chance of receiving an offer. Not all students who submit a request will receive an offer.

Housing and Food Service Contract Offers

Offers for a Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract for the different housing options will be made during the established timeline. If the student receives a HFS Contract offer, the student must accept it by the deadline date and time indicated on the offer. Once a HFS Contract offer has expired, the offer cannot be reissued to a student.

Each housing option process is run independently of other housing option processes. If a student participates in multiple processes, but decides not to accept an offer, this will not impact his or her ability to receive an offer for another housing options process. However, once a student has accepted any HFS Contract, he or she will not be considered for a contract offer during the process for other housing options.

Once all offers have been made, any student who has not received an offer will be notified and his or her name added to a supplemental housing Waitlist. The supplemental housing Waitlist will be referred to should any housing become available, but there is no guarantee that a contract offer will be made.

Housing Options

  • Double Room, Traditional Residence Halls - the majority of students live in regular doubles, but there are limited quads and triples. Supplemental housing is also offered.
  • Double Room, Renovated Residence Halls - includes regular doubles in Chace, Hibbs, Stephens, and other available space in South Halls.
  • North Hall suites
  • Nittany Hall suites
  • Single Room, Traditional Residence Halls
  • Eastview Terrace
  • Nittany Apartments
  • White Course Apartments
  • Supplemental housing by request (students accepting this type of HFS Contract will automatically be assigned to supplemental housing and will not be moved to other housing options)

Roommate Requests

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

Waitlist

A supplemental housing Waitlist opens in early February as a part of the housing contract process. If a student participates in the housing contract process but does not receive any type of contract offer, his or her name will automatically be added to the supplemental housing Waitlist. After these student names are placed on the Waitlist, the list will be made available to students who allowed HFS Contract offers to expire, who did not participate in the process, and who were not eligible to enter the housing process. Housing will refer to the Waitlist when a vacancy occurs. Any contract offer made from the Waitlist will be for supplemental housing. A student is not guaranteed housing by adding his or her name to the Waitlist. Students on the Waitlist will be notified if the Waitlist closes and there will be no further offers made from the Waitlist. If a student is no longer interested in on-campus housing, he or she should remove his or her name from the Waitlist.

HFS Contract Offer Types

An HFS Contract offer will be one of the following types of offers:

  • Self-Select: the student will return to eLiving at the designated date/time indicated on the student's HFS Contract to pick a room assignment.
  • Housing Preference: the student can indicate a housing area, building, room type, and roommate preference when accepting the HFS Contract. The Assignment Office staff will process the actual room assignment, based on space available. The student will be notified when room assignments are posted in eLiving.

Room Assignment Self-Selection 

HFS Contract offers for a renovated residence hall, Eastview Terrace, single room, North suite, Nittany suite, Nittany Apartments or a White Course Apartment will include two types of offers: room assignment self-select option or housing preferences option.

  • Self-Select: the student will return to eLiving at the designated date/time indicated on the student's HFS Contract to pick a room assignment from available vacancies. If a student does not select a room, the Assignment Office will process an assignment.
  • Housing Preference: the student can indicate a housing area, building, room type, and roommate preference when accepting the HFS Contract. The Assignment Office staff will process the actual room assignment, based on space available. The student will be notified when room assignments are posted in eLiving.

For self-select contract types, the student should log into eLiving at the specified time indicated on his or her HFS Contract and click on the "My Room" link from the left-hand navigation. This function will display a list of rooms available for the contract type. The student can see the details of available rooms including the type, room rate, and the name of a student who may already be assigned to that room. If a student has a mutual roommate request who also has the same type of HFS Contract, the student with the earliest self-select date can assign both students. A student is able to change rooms during the specified timeframe as often as desired. However, once an initial room has been selected, the person making the room change can move only him or herself. If the roommate also wants to move, he or she must use eLiving to select the other room.

Housing Contract Preferences

For some HFS Contracts, a student will be able to indicate housing preferences when the HFS Contract is accepted. The student can indicate preferences for housing area, building, room type, Special Living Options, and roommate preference roommate(s). After indicating preferences, the student can prioritize the preferences. The student can modify preferences after the HFS contract is submitted until the modification deadline date indicated on the timeline.

The student is encouraged to review the preference summary page after accepting the HFS Contract to ensure that preferences are displaying correctly.

Mutual roommate requests will be honored, provided that the request is mutual - both students must request each other!

Contract preferences are used as a guideline for processing housing assignments and are not guaranteed.

Eligibility Guidelines for University Park

  • Students who are currently living on campus at University Park or have requested a Change of Campus to University Park from another Penn State campus are eligible to request a HFS Contract for University Park.
  • Off-campus students at University Park or students who did not participate in the housing contract process may add their names to the supplemental housing Waitlist when it opens, according to the timeline. Off-campus students at University Park are NOT eligible to submit a request.
  • Students who are members of a sorority chapter or certain Special Living Option 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.