For Parents-Housing Services — Room Selection - Carnegie Mellon University

For Parents

The college residential experience significantly contributes to academic succcess, graduating on time, and the positive development of the whole student. Carnegie Mellon guarantees housing for students for their four ungraduate years (as long as they live in university housing), and we encourage it. Living on Carnegie Mellon University's campus provides students with:

  • A 24/7 community of support
  • A place where safety is a top priority
  • A residential experience that fosters personal development, meaningful engagement, and life-long relationships
  • Convenience to all academic buildings, the university center, and 34 dining locations
  • Fully furnished rooms and spaces
  • All-inclusive living, including housing, utilities, cable, and Internet

Room Selection

Room Selection is the process when students make their university housing decisions for the 2015-16 academic year. It begins on Sunday, February 15, and goes through early March.

As parents, we know your top priority is making sure your son or daughter secures a safe and convenient housing accommodation and has access to healthy and convenient meal options for the next academic year. Helping to keep your student informed about Room Selection and Meal Plan Selection is one way that you can help us help your student!

Here's a Room Selection checklist for your student:

  1. Verify that that he or she is eligible to participate in Room Selection.
  2. Decide which phase of Room Selection he or she plans to participate in.
  3. Be familiar with Room Selection important dates and deadlines.
  4. Find a roommate or roommates.
  5. Sign the 2015–2016 Housing License Agreement (online).
  6. Sign the 2015–2016 Dining Plan Agreement for the meal plan of their choice (optional).

For Parents of Students Who Are Moving Off-Campus

Although we hate to see them go, we recognize that many upper-class students chose to move off-campus for a variety of reasons. Housing Services is not able to assist students in finding off-campus housing, but we do provide a number of resources through our Community Housing Services.

In addition, below are some questions to remind your student to ask before moving off campus:

  • Is your son or daughter ready for the independence associated with living off-campus? Are they thinking of moving off-campus because it's the best option for them, or are they doing it because their friends are? Have they considered the extra responsibilities associated with living off-campus, including montly utilities and rent payments, as well as year-long leases?
  • Make sure your student asks his or her prospective landlord questions: What utilities are included? What is the average cost of the gas bill in the winter? 
  • Review the lease with your student before they sign it to make sure that they understand all of the clauses included. 
  • Make sure that your student understands that once he/she leaves university housing, he or she is no longer guaranteed on-campus housing for future years.
  • Many rental houses near campus are zoned as “single family residences.” Under Pittsburgh city codes, no more than three unrelated people can typically live in such facilities. If your student is intending to rent one of these houses, make sure that this code is understood and discussed with the landlord during the lease negotiations.

Other Resources for Parents:

If you have further questions, please contact Housing Services at or 412-268-2139.  We are here to help!