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Self-Select Room Assignment Process

Current Penn State students who are returning to live in their Living Learning Community (LLC) for the 2024-2025 academic year have the unique opportunity to self-select their room assignment! No other student group is eligible to self-select a room assignment.

Want to learn more? 

View the recording of the self-selection webinar held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, February 26, 2024. The webinar provides an overview of the self-select process and a live demo of choosing a room in eLiving.

Incoming first-year students who are interested in an LLC should NOT attend this webinar, as the self-select room assignment process is not applicable.

Process Overview

For current students with an accepted LLC HFS Contract for the 2024-2025 academic year:

  • When accessing eLiving, use a web browser other than Chrome to ensure optimal performance. Chrome may prevent a student from properly selecting a room assignment.

  • Review 2024-2025 room and board rates.

  • Available rooms for the specific LLC will be available to view in eLiving starting at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Friday, March 8. Students cannot select a room until their scheduled date and time. Only rooms blocked for the specific LLC will be displayed. The rooms displayed may be different than rooms used for the 2023-2024 academic year, as rooms for incoming first-year students or used for medical accommodations are not available for self-select. As rooms are selected, the space will no longer display as available.

  • Each LLC group determines the order that students are scheduled for the self-select process, whether it be by points earned or semester standing. The Housing Assignment Office does not determine the self-select order.

  • The student's assigned self-select date and time is displayed in eLiving > Summary > click on 2024-2025 HFS Contract link. The first section of the HFS Contract outlines the process and indicates the start date and time.

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  • Room assignment changes can be made until 12:00 p.m. (noon) Tuesday April 2

  • The Housing Assignment Office will process a room assignment for students who do not self-select a room assignment. Not selecting a room will not release the student from the HFS Contract obligation.

Roommate Requests

  • Roommates must have accepted the same LLC HFS Contract to use the self-select process. Each student will need to add the roommate's Penn State Access Account in the "Housing Contract Data" section.  

  • Roommate requests must be mutual - both students must indicate each other as a roommate preference. Once the roommate status shows as confirmed, the student with the earliest self-select date can make an initial assignment for both students. The roommate pair should determine who has the earliest self-select date, as that student should then select a room assignment for the pair. 

  • For confirmed roommate pairs, only rooms that can accommodate both students will be displayed. 

  • Room assignments can be changed until 12:00 p.m. (noon) Tuesday April 2. However, if a student has a LLC roommate and changes their room assignment after the initial selection, the room change is only processed for the student, not the roommate. The roommate will also need to process the room change. 

  • A roommate request who is not a part of the LLC can be added, but the status will show as pending. When the LLC student self-selects a room assignment, the roommate request will NOT be assigned. The Housing Assignment Office will review roommate requests to determine the feasibility of assigning students together. If there is not enough space to accommodate the pair in the LLC, the students may be assigned to another space.

How to Self-Select a Room Assignment

These steps should be followed at the student's scheduled self-select time:

  1. Log on to eLiving using a web browser other than Chrome
  2. Refresh the browser. This is important if the student logged in to eLiving prior to their scheduled begin time. Refreshing the browser at the designated time will update the page so it allows the self-selection process to be active
  3. Go to My Info > My Room 

  4. Select UP > fall 2024-spring 2025

  5. If applicable, add roommate preference in the "Housing Contract Data" section on the My Room page. 

  6. Under the Room Search section, click on the available area, building, floor, and room types to view the list of available rooms

  7. Select a room

  8. Click the Take This Room button to confirm choice

    The Take This Room button will NOT APPEAR unless it's the students scheduled time to select a room!

    If multiple students are trying to select the same room at the same time, the system can only assign one person to the room. Depending on who clicks the "Take This Room" button first, it is possible that a student may NOT be assigned to the selected room.  

  9. Confirm room selection has been processed by making sure that the room selected appears in the top section of the My Room page 

Room Assignments

Room assignments will be displayed on the My Room page until 12:00 p.m. (noon) Tuesday April 2.

At that time, the display feature will be turned off and students will not be able to view their room assignment. The Housing Assignment Office will be working on room assignments for other students after that time. Your room assignment will NOT change unless requested for a roommate pair.

Room assignments will display again at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Tuesday July 16.