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. When room assignments are processed, mutual roommate requests will be paired together, and will be assigned based on the first student's housing preferences. If there is no space available to match the housing preferences, the second student's housing preferences will be reviewed. If neither of the indicated housing preferences are available, the students will be assigned to any available space. 


Living With a Roommate

Living with a roommate is a great experience. It helps you learn more about yourself and about how to communicate and relate effectively to others. Knowing how to take responsibility for yourself and how to respect others are valuable skills in all relationships.

Whether you were friends before moving in or met for the first time when you became roommates, living together successfully takes compromise and cooperation. You should not expect that your roommate will be your best friend, but you should work together to build a healthy relationship with each other built on mutual respect. Building a positive relationship is a process; it does not happen overnight and takes effort. 

Learn more Tips about Living with a Roommate.

You can also create a Roommate Agreement! You can utilize a roommate agreement to help facilitate a conversation between you and your roommate. A roommate agreement will walk you through several common issues roommates face and help provide you with solutions and compromise.