Room Change Information

Academic Year Room Change Period Application Process

**Please note that the room change application will not be available on MyHomeAtPenn until the specific application dates of the room change period. **

During the room change period, complete an application online at MyHomeAtPenn. The room change form can be found under the 'Room Change Request' tab. The application must be submitted online during the room change application period. If you are offered a room change, you must move when specified by the Assignments Office. You receive new keys at the Information Center of your new building. You must properly check out by returning the key at the Information Center of your old building. You must do this on the same day to avoid being charged for two rooms.

Types of Room Change

Academic Year Room Change Application Dates

Please note that the room change application will not be available on MyHomeAtPenn until the specific application dates of the room change period.

  • Fall: Apply Monday, September 26 and Tuesday, September 27, 2016. You will be notified if a room is available on Friday, September 30. You must accept the assignment by Monday, October 3 and move by Monday, October 10.
  • Mid-year: Apply Thursday, November 10 - Friday, November 11, 2016. You will be notified if a room is available by Friday, November 18, and you must accept the assignment by Monday, November 21. 
    • Special Instructions for mid-year changes: Your Residential Services Manager (RSM) will e-mail you regarding the timing of your move. You will have two options depending on your circumstances and the availability of your new room.  The options are outlined below. Please be aware that only apartments or rooms that remain fully vacant from December 23, 2016 to January 7, 2017 will be cleaned by the University.  Residents changing rooms or moving in mid-year can follow up their Residential Service Manager if they have any questions about room cleaning.
      • Option 1: If you are leaving before your new room is available, move all of your belongings out of your current room by Friday, December 23, noon, and properly check out at your Information Center. Store belongings with a friend or take them home because another resident will be assigned to your space. You may not pick up keys or move-in to your new room until January 7, 2017.
      • Option 2: If your new room is available and you are still on campus on or before noon on December 23, 2016,  you may be able to move to your new assignment before break.  Your RSM will work with you to coordinate your move.  While moving before break is not feasible for every circumstance, we will do our best to work with you. Please keep in mind that if you are moving into a room where a resident first has to move out, you may be asked to move in after noon on Friday, December 23, but no later than 5pm.
    • No extensions, beyond December 23 at noon, will be given for mid-year move-out.
    • No students will be given permission to move in earlier than January 7 at 9AM for spring move-in.
  • Spring: Apply Friday, January 13, 2017.  You will be notified if a room is available on Wednesday, January 18. You must accept the assignment by Friday, January 20, and move by Tuesday, January 24.

Summer Room Change Form

If you are a new Freshmen, Transfer or Exchange student or an Upperclass student who received a housing assignment but would prefer a different room type and/or location you may apply for a room change using the Room Change Request Form at MyHomeAtPenn.upenn.edu.

Types of Rooms Available

For the fall room change period, availability is very limited because occupancy is very high. For second semester and spring room changes, there is increased availability because of students graduating or leaving to study abroad. Freshmen can only apply to room change into a room type listed on the freshmen rate chart.

Rent Change Information

You may have an increase or decrease in rent depending on the room type. Also, be aware that you must pick up and return room keys on the date specified or you may incur additional rent charges.

Room Housekeeping

Partially occupied rooms are not cleaned. When moving out, residents are expected to leave the room in “move in” condition for the next occupant.

Address and Mailbox Change Information

Mail and Package services will be notified of your room change, but, especially during heavy move-in or room change time periods, it can take a while for your mail to be re-routed.  If you are experiencing any issues with mail or packages post-room change, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Urgent Situation Considerations

If at any time you have a serious problem, you should contact your House staff (RA, GA or House Dean) for help.

For further information, please contact the Assignments Office by writing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling 215-898-8271.