Please note: the information below is for new students only. Returning residents should consult the Renewal Procedures for Returning Residents section for application and assignment instructions.
We can offer housing assignments only to certified students. To be certified, you must have submitted your USC Enrollment Commitment Deposit form and the $300 enrollment deposit, or approved waiver, to the Office of Admission.
The USC Housing Services Office makes assignments based on the following criteria:
- The date your application is received by USC Housing Services
- Available spaces in the buildings or programs you have requested and for which you are eligible
Your assignment will be as close to your requests as possible, based on availability and eligibility; however, there is a possibility that this contract may not match any of your building preferences. (Please note that your room or apartment number is not part of your contract and subject to change without notice.)
Freshmen, (defined by USC Housing as recent high school graduates with no college credits), whose housing applications are received by USC Housing on or before May 1, are guaranteed housing. However, this is not a guarantee of a particular type of assignment or a specific building. Early receipt of your housing application increases your chances of being assigned to one of your building or program preferences; it does not guarantee it.
We are unable to guarantee housing to transferring undergraduate or new graduate students. Assignments for those applicants are made based on application date and availability.
Once you have been assigned a housing space, you will be notified by e-mail. You can then log on to the Housing website and review your assignment and housing contract.
This section will show your housing assignment as well as the screen names of any students already assigned to your room or apartment. While a room number will be listed, it is not guaranteed and subject to change without notice.
You may submit your $800 confirmation payment electronically by Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover card. Half of this fee ($400) will be credited back to your fall semester rent and the remainder toward your spring semester rent.
Contract and Finish
To confirm your assignment, first read through the Living Agreement. Then, you must click on the ‘I Agree’ button to agree to the terms and finalize your contract; if you fail to do so, your assignment will be cancelled. Clicking on the ‘I Agree’ button is the electronic equivalent of signing a contract, and by doing so you are agreeing to be legally bound by the terms of the Living Agreement.
If you do not confirm your contract and make the confirmation payment by the due date indicated, your assignment will be cancelled and given to another applicant.
Meal Plans (undergraduates only)
If you have a required meal plan, this page will show the default, mandatory meal plan for your assignment. You can add or change a meal plan at the USCard website.
Once you have accepted the contract, you will see a confirmation page, summarizing the basic details of your housing assignment. Please print a copy for your personal records.
|Application and Assignments Timeline 2020 - 2021|
|Late January||First Housing Applications Mailed Out with Admission Letters|
|May 1||Application Deadline for: Guaranteed Freshman Housing, Freshman Roommate-Matching Eligibility and Special Interest Communities|
|Mid - May||E-mail notification of First Round of Freshman Assignments|
|June 1||Reassignment List Begins|
|Early June||Notification by E-mail of 2nd Round of Freshman Assignments|
|June 5||Last Day for New Students to Cancel with $800 Refund|
|July 1||Spring 2021 Application Opens|
|July 17||Reassignment List Ends|
|Early August||Move-in Information Mailed|
|August 10||Move-In Day (Graduate housing)|
|August 17||Move-In Day (McCarthy Honors College and Terrace Law Program)|
|August 19||Move-In Day (Undergraduate housing)|
|September 9||Over the Counter Reassignment Begins|
|Early November||Reassignment Ends for Fall Semester|
|Late November||Notification by E-mail of New Spring Assignments|
|December 16||Fall Move-out Date for Residence Halls and Suites|
|January 7||Spring Move-In Day|
|January 13||Over the Counter Reassignment Begins|
|May 12||Check-Out Day for Academic Year (9 month) contracts|
|July 31||Check-Out Day for Graduate Full Year (12 month) contracts|