University Housing & Residence Life makes housing assignments in the order contracts are received. Assignments for Fall term begin in June for new transfer and graduate students and for new freshmen. Assignments for students moving in for Winter, Spring, and Summer terms generally begin 3-6 weeks before the term begins. 

Assignment notices are sent to the PSU and personal email account. The assignment notice will contain a response deadline, generally seven days from the day the assignment notice was sent. The student should log into the Housing Portal to accept or decline the assignment. Students who accept an assignment may not remain on a waitlist for a different unit. If a student does not respond to their assignment, their contract will be cancelled.

The assignment notice contains important details about the move-in date and room information.  Please read it carefully. Roommate information will be sent 2-4 weeks before the term begins.

Freshmen Students

When completing their contract, freshmen or First Year Experience (FYE) students select their preferred FYE Community and occupancy (double or single). Single units are limited.  

We make every effort to assign students to their preferred community and occupancy preference. If we cannot meet these preferences, we will assign the student to any available space in a freshmen community. 

New Upperclassmen & Graduate Students

When completing a contract, upperclassmen and graduate students select their top three Room Type preferences. Students can edit their room preferences in the Housing Portal up until they receive an assignment notice. 

When a student is next on the list for an assignment, we will assign that person to any available unit that meets their room type preferences. If we do not have any units available that meet their preferences, we will skip that person and offer the available room(s) to the next student in line waiting for that room type.

We encourage students to submit room preferences for every room type that they would be willing to accept, as this is the best way to get an assignment. There is a $50 reassignment fee, if a student later changes their mind about a room they've been offered that matches their room preferences. We generally have the most availability in furnished double units.

Current Residents

Current residents have first priority during the Room Selection process in Spring Term to secure a unit for the following year. If a student misses this opportunity, they may still submit a contract online. Contracts for current residents will be processed after we have made offers to new incoming residents who submitted contracts prior to June 15. Current residents submitting a contract after Room Selection may not receive an assignment until July. We generally have the most availability in furnished double units.


If we do not have any available spaces, we will place students on a waitlist until we receive cancellations from other students. When dependent on cancellations, we are unable to accurately predict the number or type of units that will become available. Therefore, we cannot predict when a student may receive an assignment. Because some students are on a waitlist for many unit types, it is not possible to determine a student’s place on the waitlist.

We will make room offers through the fourth week of each term. Generally, before each term begins and around the fourth week of each term, we email students and ask if they wish to remain on the waitlist.  If a student does not respond in the affirmative, we will cancel their contract.