What to Expect-Housing Services - Carnegie Mellon University

What to Expect


Most routine communication occurs by email, such as with maintenance requests and announcements about meal plans, openings and closings, summer housing and room selection.

We may also post information in the residences, on our website, at our office, desks services and kiosks.


All first-year students are required to live in university housing. For more information, see the section on Incoming Students.

Students who have completed their first year at Carnegie Mellon University and elect to remain in university housing will participate in a room selection process. This approach affords students greater influence over their housing assignments and increased flexibility with each successive year.

Interrupted Assignments

Upper-class students who decline university housing and later decide to return must submit an application, which places them on a waiting list. Because demand for university housing usually exceeds availability, students are advised to consider carefully their decision.

Living and Learning

The sense of community that our residents enjoy is bolstered by their proximity to campus facilities and events. With over 270 recognized Student Government organizations at Carnegie Mellon, there are many opportunities for students to get involved in creating their college experience. Our students come from all over the world. They have unique backgrounds, views, traditions and stories. They are individuals, yet they are also a community of peers.

Special Interest Housing

Students with shared interests or affiliations who wish to reside as a group may have accommodations arranged for them. These arrangements may take the form of themed living areas for first-year students, special interests housing for upper-class students or block housing for all undergraduate students.

Students with Special Needs

Students needing specific accommodations because of a disability or other condition must have their request submitted through University Health Services.

Residence Types

At Housing Services, we recognize the different needs of a diverse student population. That is why our housing options include traditional residence halls, apartments and entire houses. The residences are prepared and maintained with the necessary provisions to sustain a supportive, healthy and safe environment.


We are committed to provide a safe and welcoming environment for our campus community. Desk Services provide 24-hour monitoring and assistance in high-traffic residences. All residence halls have secured entrances to the buildings and again to each of the rooms. Shuttle and Escort services provide convenience for navigating surrounding attractions and communities. Emergency phones located throughout the campus and residential areas provide immediate access to University Police. Staff is available 24 hours a day to assist with urgent matters. Residence assistants live onsite and are often the first point of contact in an extensive student-life support network. Facility coordinators are assigned to each building and make sure that the buildings are safe, code-compliant, clean and undamaged.