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 offer the opportunity for a student to list another person as a roommate request. Roommate requests must be mutual - meaning, 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:

  • Students who both accept the offer of admission before April 1 will be assigned together in regular housing in a traditional or renovated residence hall (depending upon space available and preferences indicated).
  • If one student has accepted the offer of admission before April 1, but the other student accepted after April 1, the students must decide to either be assigned together in supplemental housing or forgo the mutual roommate request and be assigned based on each students' individual preferences and when the offer was accepted.
  • Students who both accept the offer of admission after April 1 may be assigned together in supplemental housing

Current Students