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First year students in Jefferson Medical College, Jefferson School of Health Professions, Jefferson School of Nursing, Jefferson School of Pharmacy, Jefferson School of Population Health, or Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences are guaranteed University housing if: 1) applications are receipted in the Housing Office by May 31, 2) official acceptance to TJU for a fall or pre-fall term is received by May 31 and, 3) applicants have first priority status.  Guaranteed housing does not guarantee that an applicant will receive his/her preference of building, size, number of roommates, renovation status and/or occupancy date. However, every effort will be made to meet an applicant's first choice.  If the guaranteed assignment is rejected for any reason, the guaranteed space will be offered to the next applicant.  This will insure that each applicant receives one assignment before any applicant receives a second assignment.  To meet the guarantee, students may be assigned to overflow space (i.e. three people in a two bedroom unit, two people in a one bedroom unit, etc).

The housing department will mail housing applications to those newly accepted to the University. A potential student can download an application from the website, request an application by calling the Housing Office directly at 215-955-8913 or pick up an application at the DHRL Office (located in Suite 103 on the first floor of the Orlowitz Residence).

Please submit an application at your earliest convenience to be considered for on-campus housing. Applications are given priority based on the date they are received. Potential residents who have not yet been officially accepted to the University are still eligible to apply. You will receive an assignment once our department is notified of an official acceptance.

DHRL operates a “mock room” on the first floor of Orlowitz Residence. Students can come to the DHRL office if they wish to view the mock room outside of an admission’s tour. For viewing other rooms/apartments in Martin or Barringer, it depends on if there are any open rooms available to show. For more questions regarding the residence halls please refer to our website, On the main page you can find links to all three buildings. Under these links you can find what types of rooms are offered (traditional style, apartment efficiency, one bedroom, etc.), pictures of the units, floor plans and measurements.

The costs for living on-campus can vary depending on what building you are in and what type of room (standard double room, efficiency, one bedroom apartment, etc.). The costs can also vary from year to year. For the most up to date costs, please refer to DHRL’s website,, or contact the Department of Housing and Residence Life at (215)955-8913 for more information.

Yes you can stay on campus throughout the duration of your program. Students have the opportunity to Renewal, Transfer (within or between residence halls), or Terminate a current housing agreement in the spring for the following year.

  • Renewal: Full time students have first priority to remain in the same space the following year. Roommates may be adjusted. The original resident can complete renewal paperwork and list the desired new resident. The desired new resident must submit a new housing application (if the individual will be a new resident) or a transfer form (if the individual is a current resident).
  • Transfer: Current residents who wish to transfer will receive a transfer assignment in their on campus mailbox in May/June

The Department of Housing and Residence Life is proud to offer three residence halls:

  • Martin Residence (traditional-style “dormitory” residence hall)
    • Offers both private and shared rooms
    • Community bathrooms, kitchens and lounge spaces
    • Owned and operated by Thomas Jefferson University
  • Barringer Residence and Orlowitz Residence (apartment-style residence halls)
    • Efficiencies and different apartment options available (one, two or three bedroom)
    • Owned and operated by the Philadelphia Management Company

Barringer and Orlowitz Apartment-style: Paying your housing fees is easy. Housing fees are due on the 1st of each month. You will not receive a bill but please be diligent in paying on time as late fees will begin to accrue on the 10th of each month. It is important that you write your name, building & room number, and telephone number on the check. You can drop off your payment check in the rent drop boxes in the Orlowitz lobby. 

IMPORTANT: Barringer and Orlowitz residents- rent can be paid by check or money order payable to Philadelphia Management Company.

Martin Residence: Paying your housing fees is easy. Your housing fees are due at the beginning of each term. The calendar year is divided into four possible terms. While you must have signed your contract for the Fall and Spring terms, you may or may not have decided to stay on for pre-fall or summer terms. 

Pre-fall term: July 1st- Aug 31st Fall Term: Sept 1st-Dec 31st Spring Term: Jan 1st-May 31st Summer Term: June 1st- June 30th

When housing fees are due, you will not receive a separate bill, but the fees will appear on your tuition bill if you are a student. Please be diligent in checking your Banner web account and paying on time. A hold will be placed on your record if you are delinquent in paying any tuition or housing fees.

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