What's New for Room Selection 2016
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. New Oakland Apartment option on Clyde Street
A new apartment building located at 618 Clyde Street (next to Clyde House) consisting of 32 single rooms and one double room (34 beds total) will be available to residents participating in the General Room Selection phase of Room Selection. (This new building will not be part of Block Housing.) Since this building will be opening in summer 2016, students will not have an opportunity to see it in person before selecting it. However, Housing Services will provide floor plans, renderings, etc. that are available prior to Room Selection to assist residents in making an informed decision. To learn more about this option visit the 618 Clyde House building page.
2. Shirley Apartments will become Upper-Class Resident Housing
Shirley Apartments - currently first-year housing as reduced rate triples - will return to upper-class housing as apartment doubles for the 2016-2017 academic year. Current first-year Shirley residents may be given the option to retain in Shirley if they wish to do so. Shirley will also be an option for Block Housing groups. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire if you are interested in this option.
3. Block Housing Building Options
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, Shirley, and Shady Oak Apartments. Additionally, two new 8 person block options will be available in Margaret Morrison Apartments. Learn more about Block Housing.
As part of the University’s strategic planning process, Housing Services and Student Life continue to examine and reflect on the CMU residential student experience. Morewood Gardens is one of the residential 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 2016-17 academic year may not be able to retain their room for the following academic year (2017-18).
4. Graduate Student Housing Expands
In an effort to create a more concentrated living experience for our graduate students, Neville Apartments will become designated graduate student housing for the 2016-2017 academic year. Additionally, some apartments in Shady Oak Apartments will become designated for graduate student housing. Interested graduate students will apply through a separate application process from Room Selection - more information will be available soon. Current Shady Oak residents in apartments that will be slated for graduate students will be contacted in early February.
5. Greek residents are eligible to participate in Room Selection.
Based on the popularity of the option from last year, Housing Services will continue the option of permitting residents of Greek Housing to participate in Room Selection for the 2016-2017 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 2016-2017 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 upperclass students who are eligible to live in campus housing as well as incoming first year students. For 2016-2017, this Gender Inclusive Housing community will reside in Morewood Gardens. Apply via the Bridge by February 7.
Sexuality Issues, Relationships, and Gender Education (SIRGE)
The Sexuality Issues, Relationships, and Gender Education (SIRGE) apartment (located in Morewood Gardens) will house 10 upperclass students who will focus on masculinity education, gender education, survivor support, LGBTQ advocacy and education, and social justice. Together they will work to create and facilitate programming for the campus community to address issues of sexuality and sexual identity, healthy relationships, sexual assault/relationship violence/stalking prevention, and gender. Apply via the Bridge by February 7.
Questions? Please contact the Student Life Office.