Thomas Jefferson University

Application Process

As of November 29, 2021 the Center City housing application for the 2022-2023 academic year is available. Students should submit a housing application using the TJU Housing Portal. To officially complete your application, please make sure to type in all of the required information and click “save and continue.”

Roommates: First year, incoming students who wish to be paired with a future roommate can opt to be included in the roommate selection process. Students can create a web profile on the Housing Portal for other students to view and also view other students looking for roommates. 

PLEASE NOTE: All genders can request to live together in Barringer or Orlowitz. Students requesting to live with their spouse (non-Jefferson) must submit proof of marriage to the ORL office. 

Timeline for Housing Selection Process

Please submit an application at your earliest convenience to be considered for on-campus housing once you receive your campus key. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis... the earlier you apply means the earlier you will be able to select your housing.

Applications should be submitted by May 31st to be guaranteed housing. 

*If you need assistance with your campus key and password set up, please contact IS&T at 215-503-7975.

*If you already have your campus key and password and are having issues logging into the portal, please contact the Office of Residential Life at


April 30th & June 4th Move Ins: Housing applications will be available through the Housing Portal for those students who need accommodations during the Spring Semester for their programs. These spaces are limited based on availability in the buildings. 

July 16th & August 6th Arrivals: Housing applications will be available through the Housing Portal for those students who plan to matriculate the following academic year. Applications will continue to be accepted throughout the year until Housing has reached full capacity. After completing the application, students will receive an email in the spring with a timeslot to select their apartment/room.

First year students are guaranteed on campus housing if: a) applications are submitted by May 31st, and b) official acceptance to TJU for a fall or pre-fall term is received by May 31st. 



Housing selection timeslots for April & June will be sent on or before the week of March 7th, 2022. 

Housing selection timeslots for July & August will be sent on or before the week of March 31st, 2022. 

New students will recieve communications to their Jefferson email address with a timeslot for housing selection. Students will then be able to select their apartment/room during their allotted timeslot.

  • Week of March 14th, 2022: Students requesting Housing for April & June will select Housing.
  • Week of April 11th, 2022: Students requesting Housing for July & August will select Housing.

Finalizing your Housing

After selecting an apartment/room and roommate (if applicable) during your allotted timeslot, students will then need to complete the following items in the Housing Portal to officially finalize their housing.

  • Select a move-in date (based off the start date of your program)
  • Sign housing contract
  • Sign lead based paint disclosure
  • Purchase renter’s insurance

All Barringer and Orlowitz residents will need to submit a $250 nonrefundable security deposit via the Housing Portal once the application is complete.

Students planning to live in Barringer or Orlowitz will also be required to pay their prorated first month’s rent. To do this, students should plan to mail a check to the Office of Residential Life within five (5) business days after completing the application. The first month's rent check should be made out to "PMC Property Group." Both the deposit and first month's rent must be paid in order to fully reserve their apartment or room.

Please note: the security deposit is non-refundable if you breach the terms of the contract.