Studying Abroad

Students Abroad Fall Semester

Students may apply for spring housing beginning October 1 at MyHomeAtPenn. Housing is generally available mid-year, although room type availability may be limited. To receive priority, apply by November 15. We recommend that you list multiple room type choices. If you have a particular space you would like to request, you may list that specific room number in the appropriate space. We will try and accommodate requests to live with friends currently on campus if space is available in their room/apartment. Applications are prioritized based on the date submitted. Assignments are typically available at MyHomeAtPenn by mid-December.

When planning to go abroad for fall, there are two ways to return to a room where your friends are living when you come back in the spring.
  1. Identify a student who is graduating or planning to study abroad in the spring who can participate in room selection with your friends.  When you are ready to return in the spring, apply and request that specific room where the roommate is leaving.  Be sure that the roommate applies for early termination of their contract in November. 
  2. Apply for room selection with your friends and select a room.  Cancel your room by the last day of spring classes and notify the Housing Assignments Office that you will be returning Spring Semester and would like to return to that same space.  If possible, Housing Assignments will place a Fall Exchange Student in your space so your space will be available for spring.  This option is not guaranteed and limited by the number of Fall Exchange Students and their room preferences.
  3. If the above options were not possible, you can request your friends' specific room on your housing application when you apply in October. However, keep in mind that the request is subject to availability.

Students Abroad Spring Semester

Students may apply for fall housing via the Room Selection process that takes place spring semester. You are eligible to participate in all three processes: Residential Programs and Four-Year Houses, In-House (for your most recent House), and Inter-House. The application information is available in the Returning Students section of our website. Apply and select a room at MyHomeAtPenn at the appropriate time. Please check your Penn e-mail regularly for up-to-date information and reminders. If you miss the Room Selection processes, you may apply at MyHomeAtPenn beginning April 1.

Click here for a list of FAQs about applying for housing for Fall 2015 while studying abroad.


Penn has an agreement with to provide storage services to our residents. SchoolStorage will store your belongings for either semester and summer, if needed.  However, any arrangement with is between the resident and that company. Please view their information at and contact them directly if you have any additional questions.