supplemental room showing three beds in a large room

Supplemental Housing

What is Supplemental Housing?

The University uses supplemental housing space to offer more students the opportunity to enjoy the on-campus living experience. Supplemental housing space is  similar to overflow housing, where a large space has been fully converted to permanent living space. Supplemental housing are rooms are located within University housing and offer students all the amenities of a regular room - bed, desk, drawers, hanging space for clothes, WiFi, Microfridge - but since the room is larger, the room can accommodate four to eight roommates. Some students may also be assigned to share a double room with a Resident Assistant (RA).

Students who are assigned to supplemental housing, including those located in a regular double room, are automatically considered for reassignment to a regular room as space becomes available. 

Both first-year and upperclass students are assigned to supplemental housing.

First-year students

Housing space is reserved for first-year students, and students are guaranteed a space on campus. When the room assignment process is run, students are put in random order. As room assignments are processed, at some point, space reserved in regular double rooms is filled. Once that happens, students are assigned to supplemental housing. As students decide not to attend Penn State before or after the semester has started, the cancellation will create a vacancy in regular housing. Students assigned to supplemental housing may then be reassigned, based on the amount of space available. 

Upperclass students

During the housing contract process for upperclass students, HFS Contract offers are made for regular and supplemental housing. Upperclass students who accept a supplemental housing HFS Contract will be assigned to a supplemental housing space. Any student with an HFS Contract is eligible to add their name to a Waitlist for other housing options available, and could be reassigned if space becomes available.

Real Student Experiences

Supplemental Housing Room Information

Supplemental housing rooms are available in almost every residence hall, and there are many room layouts. If you are assigned to supplemental housing, you can learn more about room furnishings, dimensions, room diagrams, and photos, but visiting the Undergraduate Housing page to locate building information.

Moving to Regular Housing

The amount of time that a student spends in supplemental housing varies, depending upon the overall occupancy and when/where a vacancy exists. As regular housing space becomes available, staff will determine which student living in supplemental housing will be reassigned. This determination depends upon many factors, including where the vacancy exists, the type of student currently living in the vacancy, and how many students are currently living in the supplemental housing room. The Housing  Assignment Office makes every effort to keep a student in their current assigned building or housing area. The majority of room reassignments will occur prior to fall arrival, and if a student is reassigned, an email notification of the new assignment will be sent in plenty of time to prepare for Arrival.

After the semester has started, students assigned to supplemental housing will be contacted by the Housing Assignment Office to complete a survey to indicate preferences if they wish to be reassigned. Typically, only around 3% of students assigned to supplemental housing request to be moved!

Room Rate

The room rate for supplemental housing is a reduced room rate relative to the housing area where it is located. If a student assigned to supplemental housing is reassigned to another room type, the room rate will be prorated and the additional cost will be charged to the student's LionPATH account