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.

New Freshmen: Once admitted to USC, new freshmen will receive an e-mail from USC Housing with information about how to login and apply. They may apply when the application portal opens in early February.

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

Transferring Undergraduates:  Once admitted to USC, new transfers will receive an e-mail from USC Housing with information about how to login and apply. They may apply when the application portal opens in early February.

New Graduate Students:  Grad students may apply once they are admitted.  After registering on the Housing portal they may login and apply when the application portal opens in early February.

Continuing Non-resident Students:  USC students not currently in university housing may apply when the portal opens in early February.

Returning Residents:  Students currently living in university housing should take advantage of USC Housing Renewal.

Please note: Based on past experience, USC Housing expects to receive applications from newly admitted students for the 2020-2021 academic year as early as February, 2020. Most incoming freshmen apply by May 1. Most transferring students apply by July 1.