The USC Housing Renewal (UHR) program is designed to assist current residents in getting their housing for the upcoming year. Participating in UHR gives residents priority for assignments over non-resident students and transfers, and students who will be sophomores next year are guaranteed a space, as long as they comply with UHR procedures and deadlines.

UHR takes place almost entirely online. Applications are submitted on our online portal beginning late January. Searching for and requesting roommates is easy using our online tools. Assignment and contracting are also done online, at times specified in each category.

UHR’s categories take into consideration the type of housing that participants are looking for, as well as their current assignments and class standing.

  • Most students will participate in our General Lottery, going online at their lottery-determined selection time to select from available housing spaces.
  • Students who wish to live in one of our many special interest programs may select our special interest category.
  • There’s also a category for graduate and family housing residents who want to return to their exact same building and room type assignment.

After assignments in the General Lottery are completed, students will have the opportunity to cancel their contracts by defined deadlines and may request reassignment.

More complete information about renewal procedures and timelines can be found in our UHR brochure, which will be available each year, beginning in early January.

USC Housing Renewal 2018 - 2019 Timeline
January 16Online application period for current residents opens
January 19Deadline to clear registration holds
January 21Online application deadline
February 2Special Interest acceptance and contracting time notification
February 5 - 8Special Interest and Grad/Family contracting period
February 9Lottery time notification
February 12 - 22General Lottery period assignment and contracting
February 26 - March 7UHR Wait List sign-up period
March 2Last day to cancel confirmed contracts without penalty
March 5Reassignment requests accepted
May 1Last day to cancel confirmed contracts with loss of confirmation payment