How do I apply for housing?

Apply online using our portal. Complete instructions are available in the Application & Assignment menu or in our Living at USC brochure.

What is my user name?

If you are a new, incoming student your user name is the e-mail address you supplied when applying to USC.

If you are a returning or continuing non-resident student, your user name is your USC e-mail address.

How do I get a password?

Newly admitted students will receive an e-mail with a link to follow to create a password. (Exchange students and non-USC students applying for summer housing will need to register on our application portal in order to create a password. If you forget your password, access our portal, put in your user name and click the “Forgot Password” button.

How do I apply for Special Interest?

If you are a new or non-resident student, please select the program you are interested in on the Special Interest page of the application. Also (and this is important) be sure to list the building for the community you have chosen as your first housing preference. A few communities require the submission of a supplemental application; make sure you complete this as well when applying.

Returning residents should follow the instructions for Special Interest housing contained in the USC Housing Renewal brochure.

What if I need special accommodations?

Housing for students with disabilities is available in several of our buildings, accommodating different levels of access. USC Housing works closely with Housing Disability Services and Programs (DSP) to place students with special needs. Students must register with DSP as well as complete a housing application to receive special housing consideration. Space is limited and students should apply early. See the Disability Services section in the Application & Assignment menu for more information.

I’m a current resident, how and when do I apply for housing next year?

Returning residents may apply for housing for the upcoming year through our USC Housing Renewal process (UHR). UHR takes place January through March. More information about next year’s UHR is available in December. The most recent information is available here.

I’m a registered student at USC but not living in university housing–how can I apply?

Apply online using our portal. Housing assignments are made for continuing, non-resident students after returning residents participating in the USC Housing Renewal program and transferring undergrads have been offered housing. Assignments are made based on space availability.

What are the priorities for assigning applicants?

Undergraduate upperclassmen and graduate students
(1) Returning university housing residents who participate in the USC Housing Renewal (UHR) program are assigned first. Within UHR, returning freshmen are assigned first and are guaranteed a space in housing for their sophomore year, followed by returning upperclassmen and graduates. Participants who are not able to obtain an assignment during the UHR lottery process may go on the UHR Wait List and will be offered housing before any other undergraduate upperclassmen or graduate students.

(2) Transferring undergraduates and new graduate students will be assigned on a space available basis, after housing has been offered to all those on the UHR Wait List.

(3) Continuing, non-resident students (students currently at USC but not living in university housing or who did not participate in UHR) will then be offered housing on a space available basis.

Because housing for new graduates and families is in very high demand, only those who apply early are assigned housing

New freshmen applying for the fall semester by the May 1 deadline are guaranteed a space in university housing. Housing is set aside and reserved for freshmen in order for USC Housing to provide this guarantee. What are the chances of getting housing? New freshmen applying by the May 1 deadline are guaranteed a space in university housing.

Because housing for new graduates and families is in very high demand, only those who apply early are assigned housing.

When will I get my housing assignment?

Assignments for new freshman and new graduate students begin in mid-May. Assignments for continuing non-residents and transferring undergraduates will begin in the late spring based on space availability.

How do I confirm my housing assignment?

Log on to our portal and go to “Confirmation Payment” to confirm your housing contract. After reading the contract summary, press the “I accept” button. Complete instructions are available on this web site or in the Living at USC brochure. Be sure to print out the confirmation page for your records.

Where can I get a copy of my Living Agreement (contract terms)?

You can find a copy of the Living Agreement here.

How are roommates assigned?

For new freshman (only) who are starting in the fall, roommates are matched based on their profiles and building preferences. However, all applicants, including new freshmen, can use our online tools to search for and contact potential roommates, and then request them.

Returning residents participating in USC Housing Renewal (UHR) can request and confirm roommates online and try to be assigned together by following the procedures for the UHR process.

What if I want to change my housing assignment?

You can request to reassign. Please see the Reassignment section of the FAQ for more information.

Is housing available during the summer?

Summer housing is available each year from just after Commencement in May until just before Fall Check-In in August. A separate application is required. Please see the Summer Housing section in the Application & Assignment menu for more information.

What if I want special housing due to my sexuality and/or gender identity/expression?

If you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) and want to live in a special interest community specifically for LGBT and supportive Ally students, then consider applying to live on the Rainbow Floor. The Rainbow Floor is a special interest community within Century Apartments for all students, including first year and transfer students. You may also qualify for gender neutral housing. Please see the FAQ on that subject for more information.

If you would like special housing accommodations because you identify as transgender or are in the process of gender transition, then please contact the Director for the LGBT Resource Center at You can also visit Trans@USC at

What are the deadlines for cancelling my contract?

Cancellation deadlines vary depending on your housing application category:

• Returning residents participating in UHR may cancel by the March 6, 2020 deadline without penalty, and by May 1, 2020 with the loss of the $800.00 confirmation payment.

• Continuing non-residents may cancel by May 1, 2020, with the loss of the $800.00 confirmation payment.

• Students new to USC (freshmen, transfers and new graduate students) must cancel by June 5, 2020 without penalty and the $800 confirmation payment will be refunded.

After the cancellation deadline for your category, you will be held to the terms of the housing contract and may cancel only by following the cancellation Wait List procedures outlined therein. Contact the Housing Services office for more information.