Housing Selection Process

For Continuing Students

All continuing students are eligible for campus housing in Res North- Mary Lyon (limited spaces), Merrill Place, Langdon Woods, and University Apartments. Traditional residence halls are reserved for the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE).

Housing Selection is an online process except where otherwise indicated.

Below you’ll find everything you need to know about the Housing Selection process for 2019-2020.

Housing Selection ProcessFAQs

Applications: Students may access the online application starting early March. Only students who have initiated their application at least 24 hours before times are sent will receive a selection time.

3 Phases: The selection process begins after spring break and has 3 phases, Single Selection, Quad Selection, and ResNorth Selection. The majority of the selection process will take place online and access will be granted based on ranking number.

Ranking Numbers:Housing selection times are based on Seniority/Ranking Number- a formula of age and credits. Ranking numbers will be available on the status page of your housing application. For accepted groups of 2-4 the average of the group’s ranking numbers will be used to determine selection time for the entire group. The lower the ranking number, the earlier the selection time.

Proxies: Students/roommate groups that are unable to book a space at their appointed time may request a proxy. Proxy forms are available on the reslife web page under important docs and info and must be submitted the day before the start of each phase (4/1- single selection, 4/8- quad selection and 4/15- ResNorth selection).

Notes:

  • All students required to live on campus are expected to participate in the selection process. Those that do not will have a reservation fee, equivalent to a double room charge, added to their student account.
  • If you are over 25 years of age, and interested in living on campus, please contact The Office of Residential Life for a ranking number.
  • Students not required to live on campus, will be bound by the lease when a space has been selected. On-campus housing is not a backup; do not select a space unless you plan to live on campus.
  • Be sure to initiate your housing application at least 7 days prior to the 1st day of the selection phase for which you plan to participate, in order to receive a selection time for the corresponding phase.
  • It is recommended that students who are not seeking a private space or were unable to book a room during single selection, accept enough roommates to fill a room/apt/suite.
  • Partial groups will attend the in-person session of the ResNorth phase at their appointed time in the Office of Residential Life.
Single Selection

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, AND WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Individual selection times will be sent via PSU email on Thursday, March 28th

Single rooms in Merrill Place (including private and shared bathrooms), Langdon Woods (with private bathroom), and Non-trad Private Apartments (1/1) Individual selection times will be sent via PSU email on Thursday, March 28th.

Online Only: Students seeking a single room in Merrill Place or Langdon Woods or a private non-trad apartment may book a room online during single selection at the appointed selection/access time. Singles are limited and selection is based on ranking number.

Finalize your application by choosing a meal plan then reviewing the Application Status page to be sure you are assigned as intended.

Quad Selection

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, AND WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)Selection times will be sent via PSU email on Thursday, April 4th

4-person/2-bedroom apartments, Langdon Woods Suites, Mary Lyon Quads. Groups of 4 only

Online:Must be a roommate group of 4 continuing students with the same UG/GR status. The student initiating the group becomes the leader. The leader must assign all in the group at the appointed selection time. * Only complete groups of 4 may book during quad selection.

In-Person:if one (or more) roommate(s) is not a continuing PSU student (i.e. new or transfer), if your roommate group consists of both grad and undergrad students. Must be a complete group of 4.

  • If one or more students leave the group before June 1, all students within that group may be reassigned.
  • Quad spaces are limited, if your roommate group is unable to book a space during Quad Selection, you will have one week to regroup into doubles/triples in preparation for ResNorth Selection.

Finalize your application by choosing a meal plan then reviewing the Application Status page to be sure you are assigned as intended.

ResNorth Selection

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, through THURSDAY, APRIL 18 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)individual times will be sent via PSU email on Monday, April 15th.

Doubles, Triples, 2-person 1-bedroom Apts., 2-person 2-bedroom Apts., partial groups and individual students who were unable to book a space during the single and quad phases.

Online:Must be a confirmed group of continuing students able to fill a room (double or triple) or 2/1 or 2/2 apt. The student initiating the group becomes the leader. The leader must assign all in the group at the appointed selection time.

In-person:if one (or more) roommate(s) is not a continuing PSU student (i.e. new or transfer), your roommate group consists of both grad and undergrad students. Individuals and Partial groups (groups that cannot fill a room/apt) will also attend this session.

Finalize your application by choosing a meal plan then reviewing the Application Status page to be sure you are assigned as intended.

Does it matter when I fill out my housing application?
Your selection time is NOT determined by when you fill out your application, however, in order to ensure you receive a selection time for each phase, you should fill out your application by March 25th.

Can I edit my application?
Yes, application edits should be made 24 hours before selection times are sent for each phase.

The ability to choose a space will become available to each student at the time indicated in the email sent by Reslife

Why can’t I select a space?
The “Room Selection” step will be available beginning at your selection time.
Can a continuing student room with an incoming first year student?
Upper division students may not room with traditional first years, due to the FYRE-First Year Residential Experience, however they may reserve a space for a transfer/new student who is also an upper division student-sophomore status or above.

How does a (current) continuing student request a new/transfer student as a roommate?
Continuing students may reserve a space for a new/transfer student during housing selection as long as the new/transfer student is of sophomore status or above. If so, please add the name and PSU ID number of the student with whom you wish to live in the third text box on the “Special Consideration” step of the housing application. Please have your requested roommate(s), if applicable, do the same. Please also, have the new/transfer student email Reslife confirming who s/he/they are planning to room with and be sure they provide your full name(s) and PSU ID number(s).

You will need to attend the in-person session of the appropriate selection phase at your appointed time and ResLife will reserve a space. Please see “Quad” and “ResNorth” selection phases.

How can a Grad student apply for housing?
Complete the housing application and make an appointment with the Housing Services Coordinator to select a space on campus.

Can I get a single room?
Single rooms are limited and priority goes to those students with a documented disability. If you have a documented disability please contact Campus Accessibility Services for the appropriate paperwork at 535-3300. If you do not have a condition that meets the level of a disability then single rooms are selected based on ranking and availability. Please log into your application at your single selection time and choose from any available space.

Can I keep my current assignment?
All continuing students are eligible for housing in ResNorth: Merrill Place, Langdon Woods, Mary Lyon (limited spaces) and University Apartments (White Mountain and Non-trad). If your current space is available during your selection time, you may book it.

What if I want an apartment but there aren’t any available during my selection time?
If you are required to live on campus you must select another space. This may require regrouping for the ResNorth phase if you were unable to book a space during Quad Selection i.e. groups of 4 will need to regroup into two groups of two. It is recommended that all students identify several housing options in case their first choice is not available. If you are not required to live on campus, you do not need to sign up for on-campus housing. Please know the longer you wait to select a space the fewer options you may have.

What if I am not available at my selection time to choose a space on campus?
Students who are unable to participate in the selection process at their designated time have two options:

  1. The Leader of a group must assign all members of a group – if the Leader is unavailable at the designated time, they can pass the Leader role to anyone else in the group. If no one from a group is available to select a space at the designated time, see #2.
  2. Individual students or group leaders/designees unable to participate in the desired selection phase at their appointed time, must fill out the online Proxy form and Res Life staff will select an appropriate space at your designated time.

Who can select a space online and who must attend the in-person sessions of the selection process?
          • Online-Students who can fill a room/suite/apt with continuing students may select housing online.
          • In-person-Students who cannot fill a multi-occupancy room, and students who are requesting a new/transfer roommate must attend the in-person session during their appointed time. Also, a grad student requesting an undergrad student or vice versa must attend the in-person session during their appointed time.