Frequently Asked Questions-Housing Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Frequently Asked Questions

Housing Services frequently receives the following questions. If you do not find an answer to your question here, please contact us at or 412-268-2139.

Am I required to live on campus?

How are first-year housing assignments made and are all first-year students guaranteed housing?

Can I keep my room for the following year if I like it?

What are my chances of living on campus in the future?

How can I obtain information about off-campus housing?

Does the Housing License Agreement cover housing during Thanksgiving, winter, spring and summer breaks?

When is the earliest I can arrive on campus for the fall semester?

Can I cancel my Housing License Agreement?

What is an eLSCR and how can I complete it?

How is my room furnished?

Can I get extra furniture for my room?

How can I get a platform bed (a.k.a. loft unit) for my room?

Can I paint my room?

Can I make repairs to my room or my building?

Where are the university's Oakland community apartments?

What is the difference between a prime and a standard room?

What is the size of my mattress?

Should I use the mattress pad supplied by the university?

What can I do if supplies have run out on my floor and I need a few things?

Is there storage space available for my personal belongings?

Can I put university furniture in storage?

Can I bring my own refrigerator or microwave to campus?

How can I rent a microfridge for my room?

Can I have campus cleaning services clean a private bath?

What types of utilities and services are available?

What should I do if I lock myself out of my room or my key is lost or stolen?

Can I get an extra key for my visitors?