On-Campus Housing for 2016-2017
- Did you miss out on accepting your HFS Contract offer? Or did you not paricipate in the lottery process? You can still live on campus! Add your name to the Supplemental Housing Waitlist! The Waitlist will open at Noon Friday February 5 in eLiving. HFS Contract offers will be made as we determine space is available.
Living on campus puts students in the heart of all the action, and provides students the opportunity to build long-lasting friendships and discover new passions. Plus, the convenience of being on campus allows students to be near events, classes, and numerous dining options. It's all at their fingertips, just a short walk from the residence halls. Students interested in living on campus are encouraged to participate in the contract process. On-campus housing is very popular; while we cannot guarantee your student will receive the housing option he or she is most interested in, based on previous years, the majority of students receive some type of offer, including for supplemental housing.
Housing and Food Service Contract Process
The eLiving Housing System opened for students to submit contract requests on October 16. Students have the ability to submit separate requests for any of the housing options where they would be interested in living.
The process is separated into two phases, based on housing options:
1. Eastview Terrace, Nittany Apartments, White Course Apartments, Suites, Singles, and Renovated Residence Halls
- Requests must be submitted by noon on November 30.
- The first round of offers will be made by 5pm on November 30, and expire at noon on December 3.
- The second round of offers will be made by 5pm on December 3, and expire at noon on December 7.
2. Traditional Residence Halls and Supplemental Housing
- Requests must be submitted by noon January 21.
- The first round of offers will be made by 5pm on January 21, and expire at noon on January 25.
- The second round of offers will be made by 5pm on January 25, and expire at noon on January 28.
- The final round of offers will be made by 5pm on January 28, and expire at noon on February 1.
- Once all regular space has been allocated, students who requested a traditional residence hall may receive an offer for supplemental housing. After accepting the offer, students will be eligible to add their name to Waitlists for other housing options after noon on February 5.
What do you need to know about the contract process?
- The lottery process is not first-come, first-served, but a random lottery. As long as a student has submitted the request before the deadline date, they will be considered for that housing option. Each housing option is run independently; if a student receives an offer for a housing option but does not accept the offer, it will not affect their ability to receive an offer for another housing option. Once a student has accepted a contract, they will not be eligible to receive additional offers.
- The offer process is separated into two offer periods. This provides the opportunity for students to know sooner in the fall semester if they have received on-campus housing, but still provides the flexibility for students to participate once spring semester has started.
- Contract offers made in the first group will include two types of offers: either a self-select option or a housing preferences option.
o The self-select option will allow the student to return to eLiving at the designated date/time to pick a room assignment.
o The housing preference contract will allow students to indicate housing area, room type, and roommate preferences. The Assignment Office staff will process the actual room assignment, based on space available.
- Contract offers have an expiration date that end at NOON; once the offer has expired, the offer will not be reissued.
- Once a student accepts a contract offer, they will have the option to add their name to internal Waitlists after noon on February 5 for other housing options. Students will be reassigned if vacancies become available.
- The Housing and Food Service Contract is a legally-binding contract - once accepted, the contract cannot be cancelled. The only exception to this is if the student is no longer attending University Park.
- Room assignments will be posted on eLiving on July 19.
What happens if I don't receive a contract offer?
With the first-year residency requirement, the Assignment Office must ensure that enough bed spaces are reserved to accommodate that class. All other spaces will be used for upper-class students. The Assignment Office is not able to predict how many students will participate in the lottery, or how many students will accept the contract offer. Therefore, it cannot be known in advance if all students will receive an offer. However, it is anticipated that some students who accept a contract will not be returning to Penn State, so additional offers for supplemental housing are made to accommodate that fluctuation.
If the Assignment Office is not able to accommodate every student who participates in the process, those students will automatically be placed on a Supplemental Housing Waitlist. While on the Waitlist, students can pursue the variety of off-campus living options in downtown State College and the surrounding areas. The Office for Off-Campus Living will host a Housing Fair on Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the HUB-Robeson Center.
Living on campus is very popular and a one-of-a-kind experience. You will make friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Make sure you don't miss out on the opportunity to request on-campus housing through eLiving.