Inter-House Process

The Inter-House Process is for students interested in moving from their current location to a different College House. Off-campus students are also able to apply during the Inter-House Process. To apply to return to the same College House you currently reside in or live with a friend who is returning to their College House, apply through the In-House Process. To live in a Residential Program or a Four-Year College House, apply through the Residential Programs and Four-Year Houses Process.

Resources

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

Steps of the Inter-House Process

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

  • Any of our buildings may be selected in Inter-House, as long as space is available.
  • Off-campus students are eligible to apply during the Inter-House process.
  • You must be a full-time undergraduate student in a degree granting program for Fall 2018.

Step 2: Form a group

  • Students are able to form a group of up to 4. 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 Inter-House application.
  • Select a Captain for your group. 
    • Select a Captain who will be available during the selection dates and times (February 19-22, beginning mid-afternoon).

Step 3: Apply for the Inter-House Process

  • Log on to MyHomeAtPenn between February 12, 9AM, and February 14, 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 and submit the application. These steps 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 based on their group's point average. Each group member's points are determined by seniority.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • If the Captain signs on during priority selection according to the group's assigned selection time:
    • Priority selection occurs first and provides the best opportunity for your group to select desired rooms.
    • Priority selection allows full groups to select rooms ahead of partial groups.
    • 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 a group loses a member or the Captain fails to select a room(s) for the group, the group can select during General Selection.
  • If the Captain, for whatever reason, did not select a room for each member of the group in 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).
    • There is no “fill room” rule. Members may assign themselves to any available bed.

Inter-House Process Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What are the important dates and deadlines?
    • February  12: Applications are available beginning at 9AM. To complete your application go to MyHomeAtPenn.
    • February  14: Applications must be submitted and groups verified by 5PM.
    • February  19: Priority Room Selection begins mid-afternoon (timeslots will be assigned).
    • February  21: Priority Room Selection ends at 5PM.
    • February  21: General Room Selection begins at 6:30PM.
    • February  22: General Room Selection ends at 5PM.
  • How do I apply for the Inter-House Process?
    • To apply for the Inter-House Process log on to MyHomeAtPenn between February 12, 9AM, and February 14, 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 and submit the application. These steps must be completed or a selection time will not be issued.
  • How does prioritization of groups occur?
    • For the Inter-House process, timeslots are assigned by averaging the group members' individual points. Points are based on graduation year, with rising seniors having priority.
    • Groups with the same point total will be randomized to determine your order.
  • 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 Inter-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. For more information on My Room Selection Preview, click here.
  • What if the room type I am interested in is no longer available?
    • You have two options:
      • Select a room that you can live in and apply for a room change between February 26 and July 31. Please note that if your preferred room does not become available, you will stay in the one you selected. For more about the Room Selection Room Change period, click here.
      • Do not select a room. Apply for the wait list. You will only be offered one of your preferences if it becomes available. For more information on the wait list, click here.
  • How do I cancel my room assignment?