Find a Roommate
Upper-class students participating in Room Selection are strongly encouraged to select a room with a roommate. Residents participating in Room Selection will have the opportunity to create a roommate profile and can browse and message potential roommates. Once roommates decide that they want to live together, they will need to set up a Roommate Group and add themselves to the group.
Residents can also browse for potential roommates, view compatability matches and message back and forth through the Room Selection application to communicate between prospective roommates. Residents have the ability to hide their information from the roommate search functionality through the Room Selection application if they do not want to be part of the roommate search feature.
Residents are also welcome to create a listing on our Roommate Connections Database. This system is outside of the Housing Portal but still exclusive to Carnegie Mellon students.
Why is it important for me to find my own roommate?
The majority of upper-class students sign up for housing with a roommate. If you don't have a roommate in mind, your room selection options will be greatly limited! Many students without a roommate will need to select an Open Assignment, and then wait for us to assign them to a room. Why leave your roommate decision to chance when you don't have to?
For students who are retaining
If you retain your room and don't pull in a roommate (or roommates) to completely fill all of the vacancies in your space, then you will likely be consolidated out of your retained space and into a different room, apartment, or suite. If you really like your current space enough to want to retain, why wouldn't you guarantee yourself that space by filling it with pull-ins?
Here's an example: If you currently live in a Roselawn House single, and you choose to retain your single but don't pull in any roommates, then you will be consolidated. When making consolidations, we always try to consolidate within building type and room type, but that's not always possible. So if there are no empty single rooms in any of the other Roselawn houses that are also half-filled, then you may be consolidated into a double room. Or if all of the other Roselawn houses filled their houses with pull-ins and there are no other half-filled houses to consolidate you to, then you will likely be assigned to a completely different building. Don't take this chance! There are a lot of students who would love the opportunity to live in Roselawn. If you're planning to retain and you don't have roommates in mind, then create a listing on the Roommate Connections database, select "I have a room and am looking for roommates" and then enter some general information about yourself. Hopefully you'll find some new housemates in no time!
So remember - if you truly want to retain your room and not be consolidated elsewhere, be sure to pull-in roommates of your choosing.
For students who are participating in General Room Selection
During online General Room Selection, you will generally have more room options available to if selecting with a roommate than you would if you were selecting by yourself. This is because the majority of our rooms are double or triple rooms. We have very few single rooms in our housing system. For example, if you are part of a group of 3, then when you come to General Room Selection you can choose from any of the available three-occupant spaces, such as a prime triple in Morewood or a triple apartment in Doherty. If you are by yourself and there are no single rooms available, you will either need to select an Open Assignment or fill a half-filled room, if one is available.
If you don't have a roommate, your options will be more limited. For example, if you wanted a prime triple in Morewood but you don't have two other roommates, then the system will not allow you to select an empty triple room. You will have to select from a limited number of half-filled rooms. In some cases when filling a space in a half-filled room, there may only be one or two room options in your preferred building to chose from, if there are any at all. Additionally, you will be paired up with a roommate randomly, since we do not collect personal and lifestyle preferences for upper-class students. Why take that chance when you can find your own roommate?
Residents selecting by themselves will also have the option of signing up for an Open Assignment. This is a great option for students who don't have a requested roommate and are willing to be assigned to spaces as they open up during the Open Cancellation period. In many cases, student with Open Assignments receive better assignments in more preferred buildings than they would have had they selected an available space during General Room Selection (although this is not always the case, and not guaranteed.)
Finally, just remember that even if you were planning on selecting through General Room Selection, you may find a great roommate by browsing the roommate profiles through the application. Sometimes students are retaining and looking for roommates to pull in. If you are pulled in, you're done with Room Selection two weeks earlier than you will be if you go to General Room Selection, so use the Roommate Browse option and Roommate Connections Database with an open mind - you just might find your future roommate!