Returning Graduate Students

The Returning Graduate Housing Application for the 2018-2019 academic year will be open February 28, 2018 at 9:00AM through March 12, 2018 at 5:00PM. Students who apply during this time can view their 2018-2019 assignment on MyHomeAtPenn on or after March 23, 2018. You do not need to confirm your assignment.

Any resident who does not apply during the Returning Graduate application period and wants to return to Sansom Place for the 2018-2019 academic year can apply via the New Graduate Application which will open April 2, 2018.

For more information email the Housing Assignments Office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

General Information for the 2018-19 Housing Application

  • Applications will be available online at MyHomeAtPenn. The application will be active Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 9:00AM through Monday, March 12, 2018 at 5:00PM. Applications must be completed by the dates specified.
  • There will be new graduate rental rates for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Click here to understand the rates associated with each room type for the 2017-2018 academic year. As in past years, rates will increase for 2018-2019. The exact amount will be a small percentage and will be voted on by the Trustees in the spring 2018 semester.
  • 2018-2019 rates will be effective July 1.

Application Guidelines

  • You must be a matriculated Penn student to be eligible for housing. You may not be on Financial Hold.
  • Graduate students residing in Sansom Place may share their grad plus apartment with a spouse, partner, or significant other (18 years of age or older).  The policy and guidelines are set forth here.  Families with children cannot be accommodated.  
  • All graduate resident leases are August 25, 2018 through June 30, 2019.
    • Residents may apply for Early Termination effective June 1 if they submit documentation from their school confirming that their academic year has ended.  If approved, June rent will be prorated based on the date move-out has been completed.
  • We will make every effort to honor your roommate requests. Both roommates must submit applications by March 12. If you wish to live with a specific incoming graduate student, you may indicate this at the time of application. We will try to assign you together. This cannot be guaranteed because a new student's assignment will be contingent on their acceptance date.

Application Processes


  • To remain in your current room for next year, complete the housing application at MyHomeAtPenn and select the Room Retention section. If you would like to "pull in" a roommate, you may do so provided your current roommate does not want to retain. Please check in advance to avoid problems. If you do not retain during the above mentioned Returning Graduate Housing Application dates, your room may be assigned to another student. Note that 2018-2019 rates take effect on July 1, 2018.
NOTE: Residents in Sansom East who retain their rooms have the option to remain in continuous residence and will be charged July and August rent. If you do not select to stay all summer, you must move out on June 30, 2018 and remove all of your belongings. You may move back into your room on August 25, 2018.


  • To change rooms for next academic year, complete the Returning Graduate housing application at MyHomeAtPenn and complete the Room Change section, listing your room type preferences. Be as specific as possible, listing all of the options you are willing to consider. You may request a specific roommate (list their name on your application), but each of you must apply and list the same room preferences. Please be aware that when you change rooms, your mailbox number will also change. Applications will be processed in the order received. Note that 2018-2019 rates take effect on July 1, 2018.
NOTE: For residents of Sansom Place East remaining in continuous residence through Summer 2018, the actual move to the new room must take place on the dates we specify and you will have only a few days to complete the move. There is little room for flexibility since the change must be coordinated with maintenance schedules and the new resident’s move-in schedule. By applying for a room change, you are agreeing to follow our timetable. You will be notified by e-mail when it is time to move.

**You can check for your room information at MyHomeAtPenn on or after March 23**


2017-2018 Academic Year Housing Updates

Summer Housing

Residents in Sansom East who are not returning for Fall 2018 and who do not have an academic reason to remain on campus should contact Hospitality Services at

2018-2019 Occupancy Periods and Cancellation Schedule

2018-2019 Occupancy Periods

 August 25, 2018 through June 30, 2019

*When you complete the online application, you are signing the Terms and Conditions in order to reserve your space on campus. The Terms and Conditions are for the full term of the occupancy as indicated in the rent schedule and your financial obligation begins the moment you submit your application. Review the Terms and Conditions carefully.

2018-2019 Cancellation Schedule

Graduate students may cancel prior to picking up keys or occupying a residence. The cancellation must be submitted via Campus Express, MyHomeAtPenn, or in writing by the student to the Assignments Office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The student will be subject to charges as indicated below, the amount of which is determined by the date notice is received by the Assignments Office. These charges apply to all students including those who cancel due to leave of absence or withdrawal:

Up until April 25: $250
April 26 to June 15: $500
June 16 to August 20*: $1,000
After August 20, but before checking in: 2 full months' rent

Assigned housing for students failing to check-in and occupy their room by August 28, 2018, or failing to make arrangements for late occupancy, will be cancelled and the student will remain responsible for Fall Semester’s rent (through December 31 for graduate students).

* Residents of Sansom Place remaining in continuous summer residence cannot cancel this agreement after June 30, 2018.

For more information, please see section 5 of the Terms and Conditions.

Need Additional Information?

All questions should be directed to the Housing Assignments Office, Stouffer Commons, 3702 Spruce Street, 215-898-8271 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .