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.


If you want to change your assignment after receiving your contract, you can request a reassignment. To be eligible, you must have confirmed your contract and made the $800 confirmation payment prior to submitting your request. Reassignments are processed in two ways: by reassignment list and over the counter.

Reassignment List (Prior to Fall Move-in)
If you want to request a change in your assignment prior to move-in, please read the reassignment information on our website and submit the Reassignment Request form for New Students (available mid-May through mid-July, only). Requests are placed on a reassignment list in the order received, and processed based on eligibility, gender and space availability. We make every effort to fulfill requests, but reassignment is not guaranteed. If we are able to fulfill your request, you will be notified by e-mail that your reassignment has been completed. This will be your new housing assignment; your previous assignment will be cancelled and offered to another student.

Pre-occupancy reassignments for the academic year are processed during June and July; on July 17, 2020 the USC Housing Office will cancel all unfulfilled requests. If your request is not fulfilled, you should move into your contracted housing assignment on your contract’s designated start date. No new requests will be accepted until the reassignment process re-opens on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Since the pre-occupancy reassignment list closes in July, residents beginning their housing stay in the spring may only request reassignment in mid-January, after Spring Move-in.

Over the Counter (After Move-in)
Beginning September 9, reassignments may be requested over the counter at Housing CSCs. If a space is available that meets your housing needs and eligibility, you can be reassigned on the spot. There is no reassignment list during the academic year. More information about reassignment will be made available in early September.

Reassignments during the academic year are halted from early-November to mid-January to facilitate the assignment of students arriving in the spring semester.


If you decide to cancel your application prior to being assigned, or to cancel your housing assignment prior to confirming your contract, print out and complete a Cancellation Request form and send it to USC Housing Services. The application or assignment will be cancelled; the $55 processing fee will not be refunded.

Once you have confirmed your contract and made the confirmation payment, you are responsible for the terms of the contract. If, after you have confirmed your contract, you decide to cancel your assignment, you may request to do so by submitting a completed cancellation request form.

  • If your cancellation is granted by June 5, 2020 you will receive a full refund of the contract-confirmation payment.
  • If your cancellation is granted after June 5, you will not be eligible for a refund of any portion of the contract-confirmation payment, even if you decide to withdraw from the university.
  • If your cancellation request is not granted, your contract will be in force and you will be held to its provisions.

The above applies only to new students. Returning residents (UHR participants) and continuing USC students must cancel by May 1, 2020, with the forfeit of the $800 confirmation payment.

You may request in writing to reactivate your application at any time during the same academic year without paying an additional fee or filling out another application.

Application and Assignments Timeline 2020 - 2021
Late JanuaryFirst Housing Applications Mailed Out with Admission Letters
February 3Application for New Students Opens
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 5Last Day for New Students to Cancel with $800 Refund
July 1Spring 2021 Application Opens
July 17Reassignment List Ends
Early AugustMove-in Information Mailed
August 10Move-In Day (Graduate housing)
August 17Move-In Day (McCarthy Honors College and Terrace Law Program)
August 19Move-In Day (Undergraduate housing)
September 9Over the Counter Reassignment Begins
Early NovemberReassignment Ends for Fall Semester
Late NovemberNotification by E-mail of New Spring Assignments
December 16Fall Move-out Date for Residence Halls and Suites
January 7Spring Move-In Day
January 13Over the Counter Reassignment Begins
May 12Check-Out Day for Academic Year (9 month) contracts
July 31Check-Out Day for Graduate Full Year (12 month) contracts