How long will reassignments be open?

Reassignment begins in early May, after the first assignments for new students are sent out, and runs through mid-July. Check the reassignment form for the exact date that reassignment will end this year.

I don’t have an assignment yet; can I apply for reassignment?

No. You must have a current, active housing assignment in order to be considered for reassignment.

Can I be reassigned with a roommate?

Yes, you can request a roommate on the reassignment form. Roommate requests must be mutual, so make sure that your listed roommate promptly submits a reassignment form requesting you as a roommate and that the building and room type preferences for both of you match exactly. If you send in a reassignment form and your roommate does not, or your preferences don’t match, you won’t be reassigned. If your reassignment request includes a roommate, we will only reassign you if we can reassign your roommate as well.

The person I want as roommate and I are already assigned to the same building and room type, but we aren’t assigned together. Should we use reassignment to be placed together as roommates?

Yes. Your housing assignment is made up of both your building and room type and any confirmed roommates. Since you are requesting a change in the latter, it is considered a reassignment.

Can I request reassignment with roommates who don’t currently have an assignment?

No. Everyone on the request must have a current, active housing assignment. If not, the entire request will be cancelled. Once your roommate secures a housing assignment, you may submit a reassignment request.

Will I lose my current assignment when I apply for reassignment?

No. You will retain your current assignment up to the point we are able to reassign you.

Will I be reassigned to just any space?

No. You will be able to list up to four building/room type preferences on your request. If we are unable to reassign you to one of those choices, we won’t reassign you at all. However, since we may reassign you to any of the preferences you list, be sure to list only those that you wish to be reassigned to.

Can I request a different room/apartment number?

No. Student room/apartment assignments are subject to change prior to check-in for a variety of reasons. Since we can’t guarantee that you will remain assigned to a particular room/apartment number, we can’t accept such reassignment requests.

I don’t think I will get along with one of the people assigned to my room; can I reassign to get a more compatible roommate?

Yes. However, USC Housing’s online matching tools are no longer available once you have been assigned and reassignment is not a roommate matching process. If you can locate your own roommate (for example, at your USC Orientation or via social networking), you can, if you both agree to be roommates, submit reassignment forms requesting each other.

Can I turn in more than one request?

No. You can only have one open request of any type. Once you have been reassigned, you can submit a second request.

What are my chances to be reassigned?

That depends on a variety of factors, such as, where you wish to be reassigned (it’s harder to get into more popular buildings), if a roommate is involved (in general, it’s more difficult to move pairs of residents) and when you submitted your request (the earlier, the better).

Will you contact me when you have a new space for me so I can decide whether or not I want it?

No. Submission of the request form indicates your willingness to be moved to one of the listed preferences. If one of your preferences becomes available, we will reassign you without consultation and then notify that your request is complete. So, if you’re not sure you wish to live in a particular building, don’t list it as a preference.

How long will it take for my request to be granted?

There’s no way to say for sure; it depends on what housing space become available for reassignment. We may be able to complete it quickly or it may take weeks and perhaps we won’t ever be able to fulfill your request. Your reassignment will remain open until: a) we are able to complete it, b) you request in writing to cancel your request or c) the reassignment deadline date.

When will I know if I have been reassigned?

If we are able to reassign you, we will send you an e-mail letting you know we have completed your request.

I changed my mind and don’t want to live where I have been reassigned. Can my reassignment be undone?

No. Once your reassignment is completed, it is your new assignment. You can, if you wish, submit a new reassignment request.

What is a pre-Move In reassignment request?

A reassignment request is a written form that you can fill out to ask for a change in building and/or room type assignment, or to be assigned with a roommate. You must have a confirmed contract for the term for which you are requesting a change.  You may list up to four preferences, each consisting of a building and a single room type available in that building.

Reassignment is not guaranteed. Requests are completed based on when they are received and the availability of the requested spaces.

How do I submit my reassignment request?

When completed, you can submit your form by:
e-mail (PDF attachment only) to;
fax to (213) 740-8488;
mail to USC Housing, 620 USC McCarthy Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089