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Move to Another House

Move to Another House is for students interested in moving from their current location to a different College House. Off-campus students are also able to apply to Move to Another House. 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, make sure to complete a Room Selection application before the end of the Return to House phase. If you are only interested in moving to another House, you only need to complete the basic steps. Any student with a complete Room Selection application and no booking will receive a timeslot to allow them to select a room in another House. This includes those who applied to a Program Community and were not accepted.

Steps to Move to Another House

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

  • Any of our buildings may be selected during Move to Another House, as long as space is available.
  • Off-campus students are eligible to apply.
  • You must be a full-time undergraduate student in a degree granting program for Fall 2020.

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 sex assigned at birth or gender identity can comprise a group if they all elect to be part of a Gender Inclusive Housing group, which may be selected on the application.
  • Select a Captain for your group.  
    • Select a Captain who will be available during the selection dates and times (February 18-20, beginning mid-afternoon).

Step 3: Apply to Move to Another House

  • Log on to MyHomeAtPenn between January 23, 9:00 a.m., and February 17, 1:00 p.m., 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 class year 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.
    • Only the Captain can select a room(s) at or after the group’s timeslot.
    • The Captain may place group members in one or multiple rooms.
    • The Captain must fill any room selected. Example: 4 students may be placed in a quad, two doubles, a triple and a single, etc.
    • If the group loses a member, the Captain can assign the remaining members of the group.
    • If the Captain fails to select a room(s) for the group, the group members must wait until open selection.
  • If the Captain, for whatever reason, did not select a room for each member of the group in priority selection, any member can pick a room during open selection:
    • Most process rules are lifted during open 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.