In-House Process

The In-House Process is for current residents of Harnwell, Harrison, and Rodin that are interested in returning to their current College House and their prospective roommates. Residents interested in returning to a Residential Program in the high rises or in Kings Court English House or to any of the Four-Year College Houses (Du Bois, Gregory, Stouffer, and New College House) should apply during the Residential Programs and Four-Year Houses Process.

Resources

  • In-House Process Guide (PNG)-Coming Soon

Steps of the In-House Process

Step 1: Make sure this is the process for you!

  • If you live in and are interested in returning to Gregory, Du Bois, Kings Court English, Stouffer, or New College Houses, or a Residential Program in any House, you should apply during the Residential Programs and Four-Year Houses Process.
  • You must be a full-time undergraduate student in a degree granting program for Fall 2018.
  • You must be returning to the same College House or you plan to live with current residents of a particular College House. Note that at least 50% of the group need to be returning residents.

Step 2: Form a group

  • Students are able to form a group of up to 4 people. If you are applying as a single applicant you must create a group of 1.
  • Make sure that you all agree on the type(s) of room(s) you are willing to live in.
  • If you are applying for room types that contain multiple bedrooms, discuss with your group which group members will take which bedrooms. Students must be assigned to specific bedrooms within multiple-bedroom apartments and suites. This is particularly important for students considering room types that contain both private and shared bedrooms, such as a 3 bedroom quad.
  • Students of any gender can comprise a group if they all elect to be part of a gender neutral housing group, which may be selected on the In-House application.
  • Select a Captain for your group. 
    • The Captain must be a resident of the House you are applying to live in.
    • Select a Captain who will be available during the selection dates and times (February 5-8, beginning mid-afternoon).

Step 3: Apply for the In-House Process

  • Log on to MyHomeAtPenn between January 30, 9AM, and February 1, 5PM, to submit your application.
  • The Captain must apply first, create a group name and password, and share this information with group members. Group members must apply and join the group.
  • Once all members have joined, the Captain returns to the application to “Verify” the group. This step must be completed or a selection time will not be issued.

Step 4: The Captain selects a room(s).

  • Each group will be assigned a selection time.
  • The group Captain will need to sign in and select a room(s) for the group.  This includes assigning group members to specific bedrooms if the room chosen is a multiple-bedroom apartment or suite.  The Captain can sign in at the assigned time or thereafter.
  • There will be a link on the Residential Services webpage to My Room Selection Preview which will have an updated list of rooms that are still available as well as the number of groups that are still waiting to select.  Prepare in advance for your selection time!
  • The captain can sign in to choose a room during "priority selection" or during "general selection."
    • Priority Selection occurs first and allows the best opportunity for your group to select desired rooms. It allows full groups to select rooms ahead of partial groups. Timeslots occur during Priority Selection.
      • Only the Captain can select a room(s) at or after the group’s appointment time.
      • The Captain may place group members in one or multiple rooms.
      • The Captain must fill any room selected. Example: Groups of 4 may be placed in a quad, two doubles, a triple and a single, etc.
      • All group members must be assigned a bed.
      • If a captain cannot/does not select rooms during priority selection, any group member from the House may select their own room during general selection.
      • If the group loses a member or if the Captain fails to select a room(s) for the group, the group members must wait until General Selection.
    • General Selection occurs second and has less restrictions than Priority Selection. 
      • Most process rules are lifted during general selection.
      • There are no assigned selection times.
      • The Captain may still assign rooms to group members. All rooms must be within the same building.
      • OR, individual members may select a bed for themselves (and their roommates).
      • During In-House, non-House residents may not select a room on their own.

In-House Process Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What are the important dates and deadlines?
    • January 30: Applications are available beginning at 9AM. To complete your application go to MyHomeAtPenn.
    • February 1: Applications must be submitted and groups verified by 5PM.
    • February 5: Priority Room Selection begins mid-afternoon (timeslots will be assigned).
    • February 7: Priority Room Selection ends at 5PM.
    • February 7: General Room Selection begins at 6:30PM.
    • February 8: General Room Selection ends at 5PM.
  • How do I apply for the In-House Process?
    • To apply for the In-House Process log on to MyHomeAtPenn between January 31, 9AM, and February 1, 5PM, to submit your application.
    • The Captain must apply first, create a group name and password, and share this information with group members. Group members must apply and join the group.
    • Once all members have joined, the Captain returns to the application to “Verify” the group. This step must be completed or a selection time will not be issued.
  • How does prioritization of groups occur?
    • House Deans will assign each current House resident points. A group of 2 or more will receive the collective average point total of all group members. Groups with the same point total will be randomized to determine your order. Please speak to your House Dean if you have questions on how points are assigned.
    • Members of your group coming in from another house or off-campus do not bring any points with them and will count as a zero when creating the average point total for your group.
  • How do I select my room?
    • Each group will be assigned a selection time.
    • The group Captain will need to sign in and select a room(s) for the group. This includes placing specific group members into specific bedrooms within a multiple-bedroom apartment or suite. Please plan ahead of time, as group mates will not have access to bedrooms other than the one assigned to them during Room Selection.
    • There will be a link on the Residential Services website to My Room Selection Preview which will have an updated list of rooms that are still available as well as the number of groups that are still waiting to select. Prepare in advance for your selection time!
  • Does it matter which bedroom I am assigned to within a suite?
    • Yes, it does! Students must be assigned to specific bedrooms within multiple-bedroom suites and apartments.
    • Students will not have access to bedrooms other than the one assigned to them during Room Selection, so please plan ahead!
    • This is particularly important for students considering room types that include both private and shared bedrooms, such as a 3 bedroom quad.
  • How does Gender Neutral Housing work for In-House?
    • Students that are interested in Gender Neutral Housing must select “yes” when asked if they are interested in gender neutral housing on the application.
    • All group members must select "yes" to form a Gender Neutral group.
    • When you opt to become a gender neutral group your room selection gender becomes N (neutral). You can only select rooms with other gender neutral students. That means, during General Selection, if trying to select a partially filled room, you may only place yourself in a room with a student(s) who also applied as Gender Neutral.
    • If you wish to change your room assignment gender at any time after the application closes you will need to contact the Assignments Office.
    • Click here for more details on Gender Neutral Housing.
  • What if I need a roommate to fill the room I'm interested in?
    • You may request to join a private Facebook group for Penn undergraduates who are looking for an on-campus roommate(s). The group allows you to post what you are looking for and search previous posts for other students looking for roommates. Members of the group will be verified as Penn undergraduate students by the Assignments Office. Click here for more information.
    • House Deans and friends may also know of other students looking for roommates; don't be afraid to ask!
  • What is My Room Selection Preview?
    • My Room Selection Preview is a tool that allows you to view available rooms, create a watch list, and see real time updates when Room Selection is live.
  • How do I cancel my room assignment?
    • Once you are assigned a space you can cancel your room space at MyHomeAtPenn and a cancellation fee will apply.
    • Alternatively, between February 26 and July 31, you may request a room change without having to cancel your housing assignment. Click here for more information.