Graduate FAQ


How do I apply for housing?

How long are the leases in Sansom Place?

What if I need to arrive before the start of the Occupancy term?

Can I bring my family to live with me?

Can I have a pet?

How are students assigned rooms?

How are roommates assigned?

How do I know if I received housing?

How do I log into Campus Express?

Do I need to confirm my housing assignment?

Can I change my housing assignment?

Can I see my room in advance?

Can I bring my own furniture?

Can I bring a microwave?

Can I cancel my housing assignment?

When do I get a rent bill?

Can I stay in my room during academic year breaks?

Q: How do I apply for housing?

A: Graduate students may complete an application online at MyHomeAtPenn. You will need your PennKey and password to sign in. New students will receive a PennKey set-up code after their school has entered their information in the Student Registration System.

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Q: How long are the leases in Sansom Place?

A: Occupancy terms are August XX – May 31 or June 30 (the date in August changes annually).

These terms are geared toward the academic needs of most graduate students.  Those who are returning for the next year and wish to remain in continuous housing should select the June 30 option.

Students who select the June 30 term may terminate their agreement effective June 1, if their academic year is over.

May rent will not be prorated for anyone leaving before May 31

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Q: What if I need to arrive before the start of the Occupancy term?

A: Students whose programs begin prior to the start of our occupancy term may request early arrival when applying.  Request will be accommodated as space permits.  Rent will be prorated for the additional time in housing.  If your room will not be ready in time for early arrival, you may request short-term housing in our other residences that is used for summer housing.  Student who need to arrive one or two days prior to the start of the occupancy term for personal needs can typically be accommodated.  Early arrival information is updated on our website annually.  Prorated rent will be charged.

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Q: Can I bring my family to live with me?

A: Because of the size of our apartments, families cannot be accommodated.  Students may apply to live with a partner or spouse under our “grad plus” policy.  Please be aware that the apartments are the same size as those assigned to one individual.  The only difference is that another twin bed will be added to the unit.

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Q: Can I have a pet?

A: Pets are not permitted except for fish that can be kept in a 20 gallon or less aquarium.  Students requesting an accommodation for medical reasons must apply through the Office of Student Disabilities Services.

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Q: How are students assigned rooms?

A: Returning graduate students may apply at MyHomeAtPenn on specified dates in March.   Generally, students can be accommodated in one of their choices if applying during this period.  New graduate students are assigned on a rolling basis beginning in April.  Early application is encouraged in order to increase your chances of getting your desired room and location.  Space becomes limited as the summer progresses.

Students will only be assigned to requested room types. If your room type is not available, you may expand your choices.

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Q: How are roommates assigned?

A: You may request a specific roommate or be assigned one by the Housing Assignments Office. You may also request to be placed on one of our special interest communities (Education, Health Sciences, Law, Science and Technology, Social Work, Wharton) where you will live near others in the same school or program.

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Q: How do I know if I received housing?

A: New graduate students will be notified via e-mail when their assignment is available on Campus ExpressCampus Express provides a one-stop-shop for new students to see their room assignment, confirm their assignment, purchase a dining plan, order books/computer, apply for your PennCard and more.

Returning students are able to view their room assignment at MyHomeAtPenn.

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Q: How do I log into Campus Express?

A: You will need your PennKey and password to log in. If you forgot your PennKey and password contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Q: Do I need to confirm my housing assignment?

A: New students need to confirm their housing on Campus Express.  If you have trouble logging in, you may also send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to confirm your housing. If you fail to confirm your housing, your assignment may be cancelled, you will be assessed the applicable cancellation fee, and your room will be reassigned to another student.

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Q: Can I change my housing assignment?

A: Room changes are made only during three scheduled periods throughout the year.  Information and application dates are available on our website under Room Change Information.  Apply for a room change at MyHomeAtPenn and be sure to select the "Room Change" tab.   Requests are granted based on space availability.  Outside of these three periods, if you have an urgent situation you should contact your GA or the Manager for Sansom Place.

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Q: Can I see my room in advance?

A: You cannot visit your specific room prior to checking in. Graduate students can take a tour to see sample rooms between mid-June and early August.  Contact the Housing Assignments Office to make a reservation for one of the daily tours.  You can also see a room diagram on this website or on Campus Express when viewing your assignment.

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Q: Can I bring my own furniture?

A: All units are furnished and the furniture will not be removed or stored by the University.  Students may bring their own furnishings that they can fit within the apartment.

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Q: Can I bring a microwave?

A: Yes.  Generally speaking, small, personal appliances are permitted.  A few examples are a compact-mini-fridge, television, game system, iron, hair dryer, fan, and rice cooker.  Open-coil appliances are prohibited (example: hot plates).  Refer to the Residential Handbook on our website for more information.

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Q: Can I cancel my housing assignment?

A: Prior to taking occupancy of the room or picking up keys, you may cancel your room and pay a cancellation fee per the terms of your Occupancy Agreement.  You may cancel under the Confirm/Cancel Housing tab on Campus Express.  After you take occupancy you may not cancel.  You may apply for Early Termination of your Agreement if you are taking a leave of absence, withdrawing or graduating (Refer to the terms of your Agreement for applicable charges.)

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Q: When do I get a rent bill?

A: Rent is billed through Student Financial Services according to their billing schedule.  Depending when you received a room assignment, your first bill will be sent in early July or August.  Your rent will be billed and payable monthly.

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Q: Can I stay in my room during academic year breaks?

A: Sansom Place remains open over Fall Break, Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Spring Break.

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