Exchange Students

Living on campus is an essential part of the Penn experience. All exchange students are required to live on campus and participate in a dining plan their first year of enrollment. Requests for exceptions to this policy must be made in writing to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by June 15 for Fall Semester and November 16 for Spring Semester.  Students are welcome to live in any of our undergraduate residences if space is available.

College Houses

There are 11 unique College Houses on campus, each offering different room types, amenities, programs and activities that are designed to enhance students' academic and social lives at Penn. All of the College Houses have live-in faculty members and professional and student staff.

Exchange students can live in any of the Four-Year or Upperclass communities. There are two major categories within the Four-Year and Upperclass College Houses: high-rises and low-rises. High-rises are 24-story buildings that are similar to apartment-style living - each unit has a private bath and many have private bedrooms and kitchens. Low-rises have fewer floors and most rooms are suites with private bedrooms, bathrooms and common spaces. Traditional residence halls feature mostly single or double rooms with shared bathrooms and lounges. Each room type has a different cost, so it is important to consider our rent schedule when selecting your room preferences.



Application Process and Deadlines

Students may indicate their preferred housing options by completing the Housing Preferences Request form online at My Home At Penn. The form may be submitted for fall, academic year, or spring housing once a student is accepted into a program. A Pennkey and password are needed to login. Students will typically receive information via e-mail on how to create a Pennkey and password a few weeks after being accepted.  For fall enrollment, the Housing Preferences Request must be submitted by June 15; for spring enrollment the request must be submitted by December 10. Students who do not submit housing preference forms by the deadline will be placed in any remaining rooms after those who do submit their forms.

For instructions on filling out the Housing Preferences Request Form, please click here.

Before entering your housing preferences, please review the information on Penn’s College Houses and Sansom Place and the rent schedule. Housing preferences will be considered in the assignment process, but cannot be guaranteed as returning Penn students have already been assigned rooms and spaces are limited. Because of the large demand for high-rise apartments with private bedrooms, it is strongly recommended that students also include preferences in the low-rise buildings. Some room types may not be available to select on the preference form due to a limited number of rooms. 

For those who will be at Penn for the entire academic year, be aware that our College Houses close between semesters with the exception of Harnwell, Harrison, Rodin, and Sansom Place East and West. Students living in the College Houses that close must make their own arrangements for housing during winter break.

Assignment Process

Fall room assignments are typically available on or after July 15. Students may check their room assignment details by logging into Campus Express. Students must confirm that they have seen their housing assignment by the deadline given to them via email. Cancellations will only be accepted from students whose plans have changed and are not attending the University. For spring applicants, assignments are typically available on or after December 20 at My Home At Penn, the housing portal. Students do not need to confirm Spring housing assignments.

The occupancy dates, move-in and move-out dates and other useful information are available on the Residential Services website.