Returning Graduate Students

The Returning Graduate Housing Application for the 2020-2021 academic year will be open at MyHomeAtPenn March 4, 2020 at 9:00AM through March 16, 2020 at 5:00PM. Students who apply during this time can view their 2020-2021 assignment on Campus Express on or after March 27, 2020. You do not need to confirm your assignment.

Any resident who does not apply during the Returning Graduate Housing Application period and wants to return to Sansom Place for the 2020-2021 academic year can apply via the New Graduate Application which will open on April 1, 2020.

For more information, email the Housing Assignments Office at living@upenn.edu.

New Information for 2020-2021

  • The occupancy period for 2020-2021 is August 29, 2020 through June 30, 2021.
  • There will be new graduate rental rates for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Click here to understand the rates associated with each room type for the 2019-2020 academic year. As in past years, rates will increase for 2020-2021. The exact amount will be a small percentage and will be voted on by the Trustees in the spring 2020 semester.
  • 2020-2021 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 a 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 29, 2020 through June 30, 2021.
    • 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.
  • 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 occupancy as indicated in the rent schedule and your financial obligation begins the moment you submit your application. Review the Terms and Conditions carefully.
  • We will make every effort to honor your roommate requests. Both roommates must submit applications by March 16. 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

Retention (Return to the Same Room)

  • 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.
  • Residents who retain their rooms have the option to remain in continuous residence and will be charged July and August rent. Note that 2020-2021 rates take effect on July 1, 2020.
  • Residents who retain their rooms and who will be leaving campus for the summer may be eligible for the Sansom Storage program, depending on the room type.
  • If you are not participating in continuous residence or Sansom Storage, you must move out on June 30, 2020 and remove all of your belongings. You may move back into your room on August 29, 2020.

Room Change

  • 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.
  • You can check for your new room information on Campus Express on or after March 27.
  • For residents who are remaining in continuous residence through Summer 2020 and changing rooms, 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 email when it is time to move. Note that 2020-2021 rates take effect on July 1, 2020.

Summer Housing Options

Sansom East closes on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. All residents of Sansom East must move out of their rooms by noon on June 30 unless they have been approved to participate in continuous residence or a move-out extension.

  • Residents who are returning to Sansom East for Fall 2020 have the option to remain in continuous residence for July and August and will continue to be charged rent.
  • Residents of Sansom East who are not returning for Fall 2020 and who need an extension beyond June 30, 2020, for academic reasons only, may request an extension by email to living@upenn.edu. Your request will be reviewed to see if it can be accommodated. No requests for an extension beyond Sunday, August 9, 2020 will be considered. Students who are approved for a move-out extension will be charged daily prorated rent for the additional nights. Please note that 2020-2021 rates take effect on July 1, 2020.

Residents in Sansom East who are not returning for Fall 2020 and who do not have an academic reason to remain on campus should contact Hospitality Services at www.upenn.edu/hospitalityservices.

Cancellation Policy

If you are unhappy with the room assignment you receive, consider a Room Selection Room Change. It is the risk-free way to request a different assignment without cancelling your current one and incurring a cancellation fee. For more information, visit the Room Selection Room Change webpage.

Graduate students may cancel prior to checking in or occupying a residence. The cancellation must be submitted via Campus Express, MyHomeAtPenn, or in writing by the student to Residential Services at living@upenn.edu. The student will be subject to charges as indicated below, the amount of which is determined by the date notice is received by Residential Services. These charges apply to all students including those who cancel due to leave of absence or withdrawal:

For Fall 2020 Semester:
Through April 29: $250
April 30 to June 15: $500
June 16 to August 24*: $1000

*Residents of Sansom Place remaining in continuous residence cannot cancel this agreement after June 30, 2020.

A resident is considered checked in when a University staff member has changed their status to in room and door access to the assigned room has been granted.

Additional Questions

If you have any questions, please contact the Housing Assignments Office at 215-898-8271 or living@upenn.edu.