Housing assignments for new freshmen and graduate students as well as transferring undergraduates are made on a first-come, first-served basis. After class standing, the single most important factor in determining if and where you will be assigned is the date we receive your application.

The earlier you apply, the greater the likelihood you will receive one of your building, room type or program preferences. This is particularly true for freshman and graduate buildings in high demand. Only admitted students may apply, and it’s a good idea to apply as soon as you are admitted.

Please note: Based on past experience, USC Housing expects to receive applications from newly admitted students for the 2017-2018 academic year as early as February, 2017. Most incoming freshmen apply by May 1. Most transferring students apply by July 1.

Freshmen applying by the May 1 deadline are

  • guaranteed a housing assignment
  • eligible to be considered for a special interest community
  • able to participate in the online roommate matching process
Application and Assignments Timeline 2017 - 2018
Late JanuaryFirst Housing Applications Mailed Out with Admission Letters
May 1Application Deadline for: Guaranteed Freshman Housing, Freshman Roommate-Matching Eligibility and Special Interest Communities
Mid - MayE-mail notification of First Round of Freshman Assignments
June 1Reassignment List Begins
Early JuneNotification by E-mail of 2nd Round of Freshman Assignments
June 9Last Day for New Students to Cancel with $800 Refund
June 30Spring 2018 Application Opens
July 14Reassignment List Ends
Early AugustMove-in Information Mailed
August 7Move-In Day (Graduate housing)
August 16Move-In Day (Undergraduate housing)
September 6Over the Counter Reassignment Begins
Early NovemberReassignment Ends for Fall Semester
Late NovemberNotification by E-mail of New Spring Assignments
December 13Fall Move-out Date for Residence Halls and Suites
January 4Spring Move-In Day
January 10Over the Counter Reassignment Begins
May 9Check-Out Day for Academic Year (9 month) contracts
July 31Check-Out Day for Graduate Full Year (12 month) contracts