What to Expect-Housing Services - Carnegie Mellon University

What to Expect

All first-year students are required to live in university housing. Students who have completed their first year at Carnegie Mellon University and choose to remain in university housing will participate in Room Selection. Upper-class students who move out of university housing and later decide to return must submit an application, which will then place them on a waiting list. Because demand for university housing usually exceeds availability, students are advised to consider their decision to move off campus carefully.

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.

Themed Living and Block 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 and themed living communities and block housing available to all undergraduate students.

Students with Special Needs

Students needing specific accommodations because of a disability or other conditions must submit their request through University Health Services.


Housing Services is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all members of 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 to individual rooms. Shuttle and Escort services provide safe and convenient ways to navigate 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.