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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 by June 15 for Fall Semester and November 15 for Spring Semester.  Students are welcome to live in any of our Four-Year or Upperclass communities if space is available.

College Houses

There are 12 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. 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 MyHomeAtPenn. 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 log in. Students will typically receive information via email on how to create a PennKey and password a few weeks after being accepted.  For fall enrollment, the Housing Preferences Request Form priority due date is June 17; for spring enrollment the request must be submitted by December 3. Students who do not submit Housing Preference Request Forms by the deadline will be placed in any remaining rooms after those who do submit their forms.

Before entering your housing preferences, please review the information on Penn’s College Houses 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.

Fall semester exchange students must move out of their rooms by noon on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. 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, and Rodin. Full-year exchange 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 in late June. 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 MyHomeAtPenn, the housing portal. Students do not need to confirm spring housing assignments.

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