Students wishing to live with other transfers could choose to live in a hall designated specifically for them in Hill College House.
Instead of purchasing all new furniture and appliances for their dorms, some students choose to collect used or borrowed items piled up in hallways and outside of student houses during move-out.
Most partments in the Radian, University City Housing and University Enterprises buildings are filled by the time the on-campus housing process ends.
One of the main critiques of the process last year concerned the points-based system. The system was not designed to accommodate decimals, and some students got later selection times because their average number of points was weighted the same as someone who may have had fewer points.
Off-Campus Services has recently revamped their website to allow accepted graduate students to familiarize themselves with housing resources.
Last year, Provost Vince Price approved a change in the academic year after his office discovered that Penn’s calendar didn’t align with Middle States Commission on Higher Education regulations. As a result, students will have to come back to campus early to start classes in August for the first time since 1974.
Last year, Penn completely overhauled the housing application system, changing the way students apply to live on-campus by moving everything online to a site called My Home at Penn. One of the main critiques of the process last year concerned the points-based system.
When only one of Penn’s residence houses — Sansom Place — offers graduate student housing, it isn’t difficult to see that on-campus housing options for graduate students are limited.