Temporary Housing-Housing Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Temporary Housing

The demand for university housing at Carnegie Mellon University continues to be high. In order to accommodate the increasing number of upper-class students who wish to continue living in university housing and all of the new incoming first-year students, we have found the need to house a small number of incoming first-year students to temporary housing triples in Donner House and Mudge House, and in lounge space in Morewood E-Tower.

We utilize Donner House and Mudge House for temporary housing triples due to the large size of the rooms in these buildings. Any residents assigned to Donner or Mudge, regardless of admissions deposit date, should be aware of the possibility of being assigned a third roommate for at least a few weeks during the fall semester. All rooms designated as temporary triples will be set up with a bunk bed and lofted bed, in addition to having three desks and three dressers. The only thing that temporary housing triple residents will share a closet. If you are not interested in hosting a temporary housing resident, we recommend that you do not rank Donner or Mudge house on your building preferences list (although not ranking these buildings does not guarantee that you will not be assigned to them or that you will not host a temporary housing resident.)

We also utilize Morewood E-Tower lounge spaces for temporary housing. Each lounge is set up as a five-occupant room, with a bed, desk and dresser available for each resident. Closet space will need to be shared.

We have been providing temporary housing triple rooms in Donner House and Morewood E-Tower for the past 5 years and in Mudge House for this past year. Previously, temporary housing residents were assigned to a hotel off-campus. However, students felt very disconnected from campus life and had a hard time getting back and forth to classes since they were not within easy walking distance of the campus. Accommodating temporary residents in first-year buildings on-campus not only allows students to fully participate in orientation and the first-year experience, but also provides them with the convenience of being within walking distance of the campus and in a university-owned or managed building.

Generally, around 10% of the incoming first-year class is affected, either as a temporary housing resident or as the host in a temporary triple. Temporary housing is not done for profit, and is instead utilized so that we can continue to guarantee our upper-class students university housing while still accommodating all of the incoming first-year students.

How does Temporary Housing work?

After all other spaces are filled, incoming students with late deposit dates (usually May 1 or later) will be assigned as temporary housing residents to rooms pre-designated as temporary housing triples. The two residents initially assigned to the room will be considered the temporary housing hosts and will continue to live in the room even after the temporary housing resident has been permanently assigned. Host rooms are generally determined by identifying the rooms on each wing that have residents with the latest deposit dates (so hosts with very early deposit dates may still be chosen if their dates are the latest on the wing.)

Usually within a few weeks into the fall semester, the temporary resident will be given a permanent assignment and Housing Services will coordinate with that student to help them move their belongings to their new space. While every effort is made to assign temporary housing residents to permanent spaces in first-year areas, that is not usually possible. We anticipate that ALL temporary housing residents will be permanently assigned and moved no later than the end of the fall semester, but usually much earlier than that. Due to the need to permanently assign all temporary housing residents as quickly as possible, temporary residents will not be permitted to decline their new assignment. However, temporary housing residents who are not happy with their permanent assignment will be given an opportunity to go on the room change wait-list for a more desirable space. 

Is there a discount?

All residents assigned to temporary housing triples (both the temporary resident and the hosts) will receive a credit of 20% per day off of the regular room rate, after the temporary housing resident has moved to their permanent assignment. Initially, all three residents of the room will be billed the standard double room rate, until after the move occurs. The tripling credit will be applied directly to the student's account. 

Temporary housing residents should be aware that many university housing spaces have higher room rates than the "standard double" rate. We are not able to guarantee a specific room rate for your permanent assignment, and residents and families should be prepared for the possibility of a higher room rate than the initial standard double charge.

Can I stay in temporary housing if I like it and we all get along?

Temporary housing assignments are just that — temporary. All residents assigned to temporary housing will be required to move to a permanent assignment once one becomes available. To make this transition easier, Housing Services staff members will assist temporary residents with moving their belongings to their new housing assignment.