Temporary Housing-Housing Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Temporary Housing

Due to the high demand for housing on Carnegie Mellon's campus, we utilize Open Housing Assignments and Temporary Housing in order to accommodate all incoming first-year students and our upper-class students. Approximately 10% of the incoming first-year class is impacted by Temporary Housing, either as a temporary housing resident or as the host in a temporary triple.

Each year, a small number of incoming first-year students is assigned to temporary housing triples in Donner House and Mudge House, or in lounge space in Morewood E-Tower.

Donner House and Mudge House are utilized for temporary housing due to the large size of the rooms in these buildings. Any resident assigned to Donner or Mudge, regardless of the admissions deposit date, should be aware of the possibility of being assigned a third roommate for the first few weeks of 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 shared is 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 this does not guarantee that you will not be assigned to them or that you will not host a temporary housing resident).

Morewood E-Tower lounge spaces are also used as 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 be shared.

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 to temporary housing. The two residents already assigned to the room will be considered the temporary housing hosts and will continue to live in the room 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. Housing Services will coordinate with the student to help move his or her belongings to the new space. While every effort is made to assign temporary housing residents to permanent spaces in first-year areas, that is not always possible. We anticipate that all temporary housing residents will be permanently assigned and moved no later than the end of the fall semester (and usually much earlier than that). Temporary residents are not permitted to decline their permanent 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?

No. 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 assist temporary residents with moving their belongings to their new housing assignment.