Special Living Options Process

First-Year Students

A first-year student interested in living in a Special Living Option (SLO) can select a preference for the SLO by logging on to eLiving and updating housing preferences before the deadline date, after accepting the Offer of Admission and HFS Contract through MyPennState. The student can select a SLO as a first preference, and then rank other preferences. Space available in SLOs is limited, and not all students who preference an SLO may be assigned. Some SLOs require an additional application to the college/department.

Current Students

Special Living Options have a designated housing space on campus for participating and active members of the SLO to reside in. An SLO HFS Contract is offered for the following academic year to eligible students who are interested in residing in the designated SLO housing area and participating in SLO activities. Students who are interested in living in other housing options on campus should participate in the request process for those housing options. Refer to the Current Students section for information about those processes.

SLO HFS Contract offers are made to eligible students during the specified timeline. The HFS Contract offer will include a contract offer expiration date. An offer not accepted by this date will expire and will not be reissued. If a student does not accept the SLO HFS Contract and participates in the regular student process for another housing option, there is no guarantee that a HFS Contract offer will be made. If a student accept another type of HFS Contract, after accepting the contract, the student can add his or her name to the SLO Waitlist to be considered for a space should any vacancies become available.


Current members of the SLO must meet all eligibility requirements to be considered for a future SLO HFS Contract offer and must be active in the SLO during both fall and spring semesters. Each SLO will have a designated Housing Chair to track eligibility of members. The Housing Chair will also keep students informed of their status. Students who are participating in the SLO and programs will be made eligible to request an SLO HFS Contract the following academic year. If the student requests the SLO, the student will receive a SLO HFS Contract during the timeline, which must be accepted before the offer expiration date.

By accepting the SLO HFS Contract, students are implying their understanding that their room assignment will be made to a room in the SLO's reserved space, unless participation requirements for spring semester are not met. Students who do not participate in the SLO during the spring semester will be reassigned to supplemental housing in another housing area.

Roommate Preferences

When a student accepts an SLO HFS Contract, the student will be provided a date for self-selection for room assignment. The student will not be able to indicate a roommate perference on the contrac, but students can self-select a room together. Students who are not a part of the SLO will not be able to self-select a room in the SLO housing area.

SLO Timeline

Refer to the Housing Contract Timeline for the entire timeline for all housing options processes.


Participating Special Living Options

The following SLOs participate in the Housing Request Process to allow upperclass students to reside in the SLO designated housing space:

  • ALLY House
  • Arts & Architecture (A&A)
  • Business and Society House (BASH)
  • Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS)
  • EARTH House
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences Interest House (EASI)
  • Engineering House (E-House)
  • Forensic Science Interest House (FSI)
  • Helping Across the Community (HAC)
  • Health and Human Development House
  • Information Sciences and Technology (IST)
  • Living in a Free Environment (LIFE House)
  • Leadership and Service
  • Schreyer Honors College Living & Learning Community
  • Women in Sciences and Engineering (WISE)

The following SLOs are designated for first-year students only; upperclass students will not be assigned to this space:

  • Biology Home (BIOME)
  • Discover House
  • First-year in Education
  • First-year in Science and Engineering (FISE)
  • Tri-Service ROTC