Who may be on the Wait List?

All UHR participants with an active application who have either not been assigned to housing during UHR, or have not confirmed a contract during UHR may sign up for the Wait List.

How do I sign up for the Wait List?

To be included on the Wait List you will need to open your online application and click “Wait List SIgn Up” by the submission deadline.

How does the Wait List process work?

When we reach your number on the Wait List we’ll contact you at your USC e-mail address to offer you a housing assignment.  The offer will be for one specific space – unfortunately we cannot offer you a range of choices, nor can we contact you again later with a different housing space.  You must make your decision based on the space available when we contact you.

You will have 24 hours to accept or decline the space. ·If you decide to accept the assignment, please log on to the housing portal at housingapp.usc.edu to confirm the space.

Once you have been offered a space, your name will be removed from the Wait List, whether or not you confirm a contract.

Does my Lottery Selection Time matter?

Yes. The UHR selection time you were assigned in February will be used to determine your place on the Wait List. As spaces become available, assignments will be offered to students in the order they appear on the Wait List.

When will I get an assignment?

We will begin to offer assignments to students on the Wait List in late March, after we have processed cancellation and reassignment requests from UHR housing contract holders.

Will I be assigned with my UHR roommate(s)?

Unfortunately, no.  Wait List assignments are made on an individual basis and we cannot assign roommates together during the process.

What if I decline or don’t respond to the offer?

If you decline the space that has been offered to you or if you fail to respond within the 24-hour time frame, your name will be removed from the Wait List. At that point you will have the option of canceling your application or allowing it to remain active as a continuing non-UHR student.

Assignments for continuing students will be offered according to application date, only after all Wait List candidates and transfer students have been offered a housing space. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees that we will be able to offer spaces to any continuing non-resident students.

Where will these new spaces come from?

Spaces will become available throughout the spring as contract holders cancel by the March and May deadlines. In addition, the housing assignments for students who accept Resident Assistant positions for next year will be placed in the regular housing inventory and available for Wait List assignments.

What if I want to cancel?

If you would prefer to not be on the Wait List and would like to cancel your application, please print out and complete the Cancellation Request form and turn it in at the main Housing Services Office in PSX as soon as possible. The sooner you can let us know, the faster we will be able to move through the Wait List.

How long will the Wait List be active?

We will continue to offer spaces that become available to students remaining on the Wait List until mid-August or until we have exhausted the Wait List, whichever comes first.

How much USC Housing is available to upperclassmen and transfer students?

USC Housing has just under 7,000 undergraduate bed spaces in our inventory and prioritizes those spaces for new freshmen and rising sophomores. However, there are over 20,000 undergraduate students enrolled at USC — far more than we can house. The result is that 65% of undergraduate upperclass students live in non-university housing.

If USC Housing is not able to offer me an assignment, are there other resources for housing?

Yes.  USC Housing has partnered with Off-Campus Housing 101 to provide students with listings of available rentals from private landlords in the North University Park area, around the main campus.  All their listings are within the USC Department of Public Safety Patrol Zone and they offer customer support services to assist you with obtaining private rental housing

I’ve got a question about the Wait List that wasn’t answered here. What do I do?

Contact the Housing Services Office by phone at (213) 740-2546 or e-mail at housing@usc.edu for more information.