Priority Return to House

Priority Return to House is for current residents of Three and Four Year Houses who are interested in returning to their current College House and their prospective roommates. This includes Harrison, Harnwell, Rodin, Gregory, Du Bois, Stouffer, New College House and Kings Court-English House.

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Steps for Priority Return to House

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

  • If you live in and are interested in returning to a Program Community in any House, you should apply during the Program Communities Process. However, since acceptance is not guaranteed, you can still complete the Priority Return to House steps to insure you get a timeslot if you are not assigned during the Program Communities Process.
  • You must be a full-time undergraduate student in a degree granting program for Fall 2019.
  • You must be returning to the same College House or planning to live with current residents of a particular College House. Note that the captain of the group needs to from the desired College House.

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 11-13, beginning mid-afternoon).

Step 3: Complete the Room Selection Application and pay close attention to the Priority Return to House steps

  • Log on to MyHomeAtPenn between January 24, 9:00 a.m., and February 7, 1:00 p.m., 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 "open 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 timeslot.
    • The Captain may place group members in one or multiple rooms.
    • The Captain must fill any room selected. Example: 4 students may be placed in a quad, two doubles, a triple and a single, etc.
    • If the group loses a member, the Captain can assign the remaining members of the group.
    • If the Captain fails to select a room(s) for the group, the group members must wait until open selection.
  • If the Captain cannot/does not select rooms during priority selection, any group member from the House may select their own room during open selection.
    • Open Selection occurs second and has less restrictions than Priority Selection.
    • Most process rules are lifted during open 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), as long as they are selecting a room in their current House and their current House is not a First-Year Community.
    • During Priority Return to House, non-House residents may not select a room on their own in a House where they are not a current resident.

Priority Return to House Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What are the important dates and deadlines?
    • January 24: Applications are available beginning at 9:00 a.m.. To complete your application go to MyHomeAtPenn.
    • February 7: Applications must be submitted and groups verified by 1:00 p.m.
    • February 11: Priority Room Selection begins mid-afternoon (timeslots will be assigned).
    • February 13: Priority Room Selection ends at 5:00 p.m.
    • February 13: Open Selection begins at 6:30 p.m.
    • February 14: Open Selection ends at 10:00 a.m.
  • How do I apply for Priority Return to House?
    • To apply for Priority Return to House log on to MyHomeAtPenn between January 24, 9:00 a.m., and February 7, 1:00 p.m., 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?
    • Semesters in Current House and Class Year determine a group’s priority. Please note Semesters in Current House is weighted twice as much as Class Year. 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.
    • Members of your group coming in from another House or off campus will count as a zero for Semesters in Current House 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 Priority Return to House?
    • Students who 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 open 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 25 and May 31, you may request a room change without having to cancel your housing assignment. Click here for more information.