roommates

Roommates

Roommate Request Process

Penn State does not utilize a roommate matching survey or ask questions regarding a student's personal preferences, and will randomly match students to reside together.  Penn State values diversity in its student population and feels strongly that living with others from different backgrounds, cultures, and ethnic groups serves to enhance the college experience.  The University is committed to equal access to facilities for all persons and maintains an environment free of harassment and free of discrimination against any person. Discriminatory conduct and harassment violates the dignity of individuals, impedes the realization of the University's educational mission, and will not be tolerated. 

First-Year Students

Penn State recognizes that many students may have an interest in rooming with a friend, and offers the opportunity for a student to list another person as a roommate request. Roommate requests must be mutual - both students must indicate the other student's Penn State Access Account (i.e. abc123) as a preference on the Housing and Food Services (HFS) Contract. Each student is responsible for verifying that the other student's information listed is correct, and that the record is displaying before the modification deadline of May 15. 

The following timeline is used for processing mutual roommate requests:

  • A roommate pair where both students have accepted the offer of admission before January 31 will be assigned together, based on indicated housing area/type preferences, including renovated residence halls. The University may not able to honor all mutual roommate requests together in renovated residence halls due to limited space available.
  • A roommate pair where one student accepted the offer of admission before January 31 and one student accepted the offer of admission after February 1, the student who accepted the offer of admission before January 31 will need to indicate whether they want to be assigned with the requested roommate in a traditional residence hall OR be assigned to a renovated residence hall with a different roommate. The University may not able to honor all mutual roommate requests together in renovated residence halls due to limited space available.
  • A roommate pair where both students accepted the offer of admission between February 1 and March 30 will be assigned together in a traditional residence hall or suite, depending upon housing preference indicated and space available.
  • If a student accepts the offer of admission after April 1, the likelihood of the student being assigned to supplemental housing increases as the May 1 acceptance deadline approaches. The April 1 date is a guideline; the University will continue to assign students to traditional residence halls until all available space is filled, and will then start assigning students to supplemental housing. 
  • A roommate pair where one student accepted the offer of admission before March 30 and one student accepted the offer of admission after April 1, the student who accepted the offer of admission before March 30 will need to indicate whether they want to be assigned with their roommate preference in supplemental housing (provided the student IS assigned to supplemental housing) OR be assigned to a traditional residence hall with a different roommate. If the student who accepted the offer of admission after April 1 is not assigned to supplemental housing, the University will assign the students together in a traditional residence hall. If the student who accepted the offer of admission after April 1 is assigned to supplemental housing, and the student who accepted the offer of admission before March 30 indicated that they are willing to be assigned to supplemental housing with their requested roommate, the University will assign them together in supplemental housing
  • A roommate pair where both students accepted the offer of admission after April 1 may be assigned together in supplemental housing once space in traditional residence halls if full. 

Current Students