What's New for Room Selection 2017-Housing Services - Carnegie Mellon University

What's New for Room Selection 2017

Current first-year residents (rising sophomores) who are new to the Room Selection process should also be sure to read the Information for First-Year Students page.

1. Housing Cancellation Fee to replace the current Housing Reservation Fee

Starting with the 2017-2018 Academic Year, the current $400 Housing Reservation Fee will be replaced with a Housing Cancellation Fee, which will only be assessed to those residents who are canceling their housing contracts. All housing cancellations made after the April 7, 2017 Open Cancellation deadline will only granted if the student is leaving the university for an approved reason (leave of absence, withdrawing, studying abroad, academic or financial suspension, part-time status, etc.) and will be subject to the Housing Cancellation Fee. The Housing Cancellation Fee will be $400 for students who cancel for or during the fall semester or full academic year, and $200 for students who cancel for the Spring semester only.

Seniors who are graduating in December and exchange students who will only be here for the fall semester should be especially mindful of this Cancellation fee, since failure to pay it in a timely manner may delay release of your transcripts.  If you have any questions about this Cancellation Fee please contact us at rmassign@andrew.cmu.edu.

2. Shirley Apartments will become Graduate Student Housing

Shirley Apartments - currently first-year housing as reduced rate triples - will become Graduate Student housing as apartment doubles for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Current first-year Shirley residents will not be able to retain in Shirley and should plan to participate in a different phase of Room selection.  Details on the application process for Graduate Student housing will be available in late spring.

3. Block Housing Leader Responsibilities and Building Options

Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, the Block Housing Group Leader will have the added responsibility of being the liaison for their group with RA, CA, and Housefellow staff.  Should there be any issues with members of your group during the year, House staff will contact the Block Leader to address those concerns and the Block Leader is expected to be responsive to this type of outreach.

In an effort to continue to accommodate the growing popularity of Block Housing, Morewood Gardens will continue to be an option for groups of six to 12 residents applying for Block Housing, in addition to Fairfax, Webster, and Shady Oak Apartments.  Additionally, there will be two 6-occupant block options in Neville Apartments, one 8-occupant block option in Margaret Morrison Apartments, and one 8-occupant block option in Resnik House. Learn more about Block Housing.

4. Morewood Gardens renovations and possible impact on retention

As part of the University’s strategic planning process, Housing Services and Residential Education continue to examine and reflect on the CMU residential student experience. Morewood Gardens is one of the residence halls that is under consideration for upcoming changes, both in the building’s infrastructure and lived experience. A potential result of these changes would mean that students who choose to live in Morewood Gardens for the 2017-18 academic year may not be able to retain their room for the following academic year (2018-19).

5. Greek residents are eligible to participate in Room Selection.

Based on the popularity of the option from the past two years, Housing Services will continue the option of permitting residents of Greek Housing to participate in Room Selection for the 2017-2018 academic year.  This includes being pulled in by a current university housing resident who has retained his or her room, applying for Block Housing, or selecting through General Room Selection.

Greek Housing residents are also still welcome and eligible to continue to live in their Greek house for the 2017-2018 academic year and will be asked to confirm their Greek housing assignment through a separate application process (outside of the Room Selection application).

6. New Themed Living Options

Gender Inclusive House (GIH)

Carnegie Mellon University strives to make on-campus housing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming space for all students. The Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) option allows students to live in the same room with any other student regardless of sex, biological gender, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. GIH is a voluntary option and is open to any student, but specifically designed for students who are LGBTQ, non-binary, those exploring gender identity, and allies. GIH is available for upper-class students who are eligible to live in campus housing as well as incoming first-year students. For 2017-2018, Gender Inclusive Housing will be available in Morewood Gardens. Apply via the Bridge by February 12.

Pet-Friendly Housing Pilot Program

Unconditional love. Someone waiting for you at the door. If you have a pet, you know the feeling. Pets have been known to increase happiness and overall well-being for their owners.

A pilot program created by a CMU fifth-year senior, pet-friendly housing will be available in Doherty Apartments Tower A (triples). Dogs and cats under 50 pounds that have been a pet of the student for at least six months are eligible to apply. Only one pet is permissible per apartment. Pet-friendly Housing is open to all upper-class students who are eligible to live in campus housing who would like to have a registered family pet living on campus with them, or who will not be bringing a pet but would like to live in a Pet-friendly house.

Upper-class BXA Community

The Upper-class BXA Community in Resnik House is an opportunity for upper-class students currently in the BXA program to live and learn together. Residents in the community have the opportunity to work together in interdisciplinary ways that contribute to their growth and development as learners and scholars. The BXA community in Resnik also gives these students the opportunity to share their work with members of the Carnegie Mellon community at-large. This community will be located in Resnik 580 suite.

Questions about Themed Housing? Please contact the Student Life Office.