Highlights for Room Selection 2014-Housing Services — Room Selection - Carnegie Mellon University

What's New for Room Selection 2014

First-year students who are new to the Room Selection process should also be sure to read the Information for First-Year Students page.

1. Block Housing options will be available in Morewood Gardens!

Housing Services is excited to announce that Morewood Gardens will be an option for groups of 6 to 12 residents applying for Block Housing selection. Past Block Housing locations including Fairfax, Webster, Neville, Shirley, and Shady Oak Apartments will continue to be options for Block Housing groups who are interested in apartment-style housing. For more information about the Block Housing application and selection process, be sure to read the Block Housing information pages.

2. West Wing 2nd floor not retainable

Residents who reside on the 2nd floor of West Wing should be aware that rooms on this floor will not be available for retention during Room Selection 2014, and will not be resident space after the Spring 2014 semester. Students who are assigned to these spaces and are displaced will be given priority for other available rooms in West Wing or Resnik following the retention and pull-ins phases of Room Selection. Residents on the 2nd floor of West Wing who are eligible for Room Selection will be contacted in February with more information about the Displaced Resident Selection process.

3. Some Fairfax Apartments coming offline

Due to the need to perform ongoing maintenance, the management of Fairfax Apartments has notified us that the following rooms will not be available for occupancy for the 2014-2015 academic year: 218, 219, 319, 419, 519, 618, 619, 718, 719, 810, 819, and 919.

Residents in these apartments who had planned to retain their apartments will be invited to participate in a displaced resident selection process where they will have the opportunity to select a different available apartment in Fairfax.

4. Attention Residents who are Retaining!

In order to efficiently utilize available room spaces, residents who are retaining their current rooms must fill ALL vacancies in the room, suite, or apartment through the Room with a Retainer phase of Room Selection (pull-ins.) 

Following the pull-in phase (March 19 through 21), residents who retain but do not pull-in roommates to fill all vacancies will be consolidated with other residents in half-filled rooms.  This means that if you do not pull in roommates to fill your space, your final assignment may not be the exact room/suite/apartment that you retained, and may in fact be in a totally different building and of a different room type.  Residents will either be reassigned to a new room that also has vacancies or will be assigned a roommate who also did not pull-in roommates. For example, if two residents in a Margaret Morrison apartment retain and do not pull in two additional roommates to fill the apartment, then the two residents who retained will either be consolidated to another Margaret Morrison apartment - if there was another two-person apartment that didn't pull in roommates - or they will be reassigned to a space in a different building that is designed for two people, such as a Morewood prime double or perhaps a double room in a different apartment building. The only way to guarantee your retained assignment is to pull in roommates to fill the room, suite, or apartment!

You will be notified via e-mail of your new assignment if you are consolidated. Though class standing, room type, building preference, and room rate of the desired room will be strongly considered, consolidations will be made at the sole discretion of Housing Services.

If you need assistance in finding a roommate, you will be able to browse through other students who are looking for roommates through the "Roommate Profile" section of the housing portal application.

5. Update for residents selecting as individuals

In order to maximize the number of empty apartments for residents selecting with roommates, residents who are selecting as individuals will have the option to either select a single room (although it is extremely unlikely that one will be available) or from spaces in rooms or apartments where there is one remaining space available.  Residents without a roommate will not be able to select an empty double or triple room during the regular phase of General Room Selection. If there are no partially filled room options available at that time residents can sign up for an Open Assignment or participate in Extended General Room Selection, which occurs after all residents with roommates have selected.  It is in your best interest to come to participate in Room Selection with a roommate; otherwise your room options will be extremely limited until Extended Selection begins.  You can search for roommates as part of your Room Selection application.