Living in Penn’s residential communities is an essential part of the Penn experience. All first-year students are required to live on campus and have a meal plan. They must apply for housing and may list their preferred room choices. Students’ requests are considered in the assignments process, but not guaranteed because of limited quantities of each room type. After the first year, students are encouraged to continue their College House experience. Space on campus is generally available because some upperclass students elect to live off campus; however, on-campus housing is not guaranteed after the freshman year.