Please note: the information below is for new students only.  


We can offer housing assignments only to certified students. To be certified, you must have submitted your USC Enrollment Commitment Deposit form and the $300 enrollment deposit, or approved waiver, to the Office of Admission.

First-year freshmen (defined by USC Housing as recent high school graduates with no college credits), whose housing applications are received by USC Housing on or before May 1, are guaranteed housing. However, this is not a guarantee of a particular type of assignment or a specific building. Early receipt of your housing application increases your chances of being assigned to one of your building or program preferences; it does not guarantee it.

We are unable to guarantee housing to transferring undergraduate, new graduate students or continuing non-resident students. Assignments for those applicants are made based on application date and availability.

Space Assignment
The USC Housing Services Office makes assignments based on the following criteria:

  • The date your application is received by USC Housing Services
  • Available spaces in the buildings or programs you have requested and for which you are eligible

Your assignment will be as close to your requests as possible, based on availability and eligibility; however, there is a possibility that this contract may not match any of your building preferences. (Please note that your room or apartment number is not part of your contract and subject to change without notice.)

Roommate Assignments
If you requested specific roommates and USC Housing was able to assign you together, that roommate(s) will display on the online portal.

If you did not request a specific roommate, and you are a new freshman who applied by the early May application deadline, your roommate(s) will be assigned based on gender, building assignment and the information in the “Your Profile” section of your housing application.

If you did not request a specific roommate, and you are a new graduate student, a transferring undergraduate or a new freshman who applied after the early May application deadline, your roommate(s) will be assigned based on gender and building assignment.

Unlike requested roommates, these matches are subject to change as students are reassigned.


Once you have been assigned a housing space, you will be notified by e-mail. You can then log on to the Housing website and review your assignment and housing contract and complete the contracting process for your space in university housing.

Housing Assignment
This section will show your housing assignment as well as the screen names of any students already assigned to your room or apartment. While a room number will be listed, it is not guaranteed and subject to change without notice.

Confirmation Payment
You may submit your $800 confirmation payment electronically by Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover card. Half of this fee ($400) will be credited back to your fall semester rent and the remainder toward your spring semester rent.

Contract and Finish
To confirm your assignment, first read through the Living Agreement. Then, you must click on the ‘I Agree’ button to agree to the terms and finalize your contract; if you fail to do so, your assignment will be cancelled. Clicking on the ‘I Agree’ button is the electronic equivalent of signing a contract, and by doing so you are agreeing to be legally bound by the terms of the Living Agreement. 

If you do not confirm your contract and make the confirmation payment by the due date indicated, your assignment will be cancelled and given to another applicant.

Meal Plans (undergraduates only)
If you have a required meal plan, this page will show the default, mandatory meal plan for your assignment. You can add or change a meal plan at the USCard website.

Once you have accepted the contract, you will see a confirmation page, summarizing the basic details of your housing assignment.  Please print a copy for your personal records. 

The availability of housing accommodations, programs and assignments are subject to local health authority restrictions and guidelines.


Application and Assignments Timeline
Application and Assignments Timeline 2024 - 2025
February 1Application for New Students Opens
May 1Application Deadline for: Guaranteed Freshman Housing, Freshman Roommate-Matching Eligibility and Living Learning Communities
Mid - MayE-mail Notification of 1st Round of Freshman Assignments
Late MayReassignment List Begins
Early JuneE-mail Notification of 2nd Round of Freshman Assignments
June 7Last Day for New Students to Cancel with $800 Refund
July 1Spring 2025 Application Opens
July 12Reassignment List Ends
Early AugustMove-in Information Available
August 12Graduate Housing Contracts Begin
August 21Undergraduate Housing Contracts Begin
Mid-SeptemberOver the Counter Reassignment Begins
Early NovemberReassignment Ends for Fall Semester
Late NovemberE-mail Notification of New Spring Assignments
December 18Fall Move-out Date for Residence Halls and Suites
January 9Spring Move-In Day
Mid-JanuaryOver the Counter Reassignment Begins
May 14Check-Out Day for Academic Year (9 month) Contracts
July 31Check-Out Day for Graduate Full Year (12 month) Contracts