Special Interest Housing-Housing Services — Room Selection - Carnegie Mellon University

Special Interest Housing

Special Interest Houses offer student groups the opportunity to create a unique and exciting living experience for themselves by creating opportunities to bring a group’s individual interests or passions to the larger residential community. 

For more information about past special interest groups and to apply for Special Interest housing, visit the website of the  Student Life Office: http://www.studentaffairs.cmu.edu/student-life/residential/sih/.

The physical spaces available as special interest houses include (list below is subject to change):
-    Margaret Morrison apartments 101 & 103 (Greek groups only)
-    Mudge House A-100

(Themed Living Communities such as Henderson Wellness House, Sustainability House and Clyde House are filled through an application based process outside of Special Interest Housing.  Residents interested in applying to these houses should visit the "Themed Living Communities" page.)

Special Interest Housing assignments are determined by the Student Life Office.

Once a resident’s name appears on a Special Interest Housing roster, that individual will be assigned to that particular room for 2015–2016 academic year and will not be eligible to participate in any future phases of Room Selection.  Residents assigned to Special Interest Houses will also be required to sign a Non-Retention form when the group is offered the space, and will need to sign their Housing License Agreement online through the Room Selection application once a specific room assignment has been made.

All questions regarding Special Interest Housing should be directed to the Student Life Office.

Important information regarding financial responsibility for Special Interest Houses:

Residents who are selected for a Special Interest House are required to sign a financial responsibility form agreeing to either maintain 100% occupancy of the house or to assume financial responsibility for the cost of any vacancies, to be divided up equally among the remaining residents.  Since this can be a significant financial burden on the remaining residents, and since it somewhat common for special interest housing groups to lose a resident mid-year, it is highly recommend that groups have a list of "alternate" members who are living elsewhere in campus housing that can be pulled in to fill any unexpected vacancies.