Housing assignments for new freshmen and graduate students as well as transferring undergraduates are made on a first-come, first-served basis. After class standing, the single most important factor in determining if and where you will be assigned is the date we receive your application.

The earlier you apply, the greater the likelihood you will receive one of your building, room type or program preferences. This is particularly true for freshman and graduate buildings in high demand. Only admitted students may apply, and it’s a good idea to apply as soon as you are admitted.

Please note: Based on past experience, USC Housing expects to receive applications from newly admitted students for the 2019-2020 academic year as early as February, 2019. Most incoming freshmen apply by May 1. Most transferring students apply by July 1.

Freshmen applying by the May 1 deadline are

  • guaranteed a housing assignment
  • eligible to be considered for a special interest community
  • able to participate in the online roommate matching process
Application and Assignments Timeline 2019 - 2020
Late JanuaryFirst Housing Applications Mailed Out with Admission Letters
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 7Last Day for New Students to Cancel with $800 Refund
July 1Spring 2020 Application Opens
July 19Reassignment List Ends
Early AugustMove-in Information Mailed
August 12Move-In Day (Graduate housing)
August 19Move-In Day (McCarthy Honors College and Terrace Law Program)
August 21Move-In Day (Undergraduate housing)
September 11Over the Counter Reassignment Begins
Early NovemberReassignment Ends for Fall Semester
Late NovemberNotification by E-mail of New Spring Assignments
December 18Fall Move-out Date for Residence Halls and Suites
January 9Spring Move-In Day
January 15Over the Counter Reassignment Begins
May 13Check-Out Day for Academic Year (9 month) contracts
July 31Check-Out Day for Graduate Full Year (12 month) contracts