Highlights for Room Selection 2015-Housing Services — Room Selection - Carnegie Mellon University

What's New for Room Selection 2015

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. Block Housing options will be available in Morewood Gardens!

Morewood Gardens will continue to be an option for groups of 6 to 12 residents applying for Block Housing selection. Anticipated Block Housing locations for the 2015-2016 academic year include Fairfax, Morewood Gardens, Webster, and Shady Oak Apartments. For more information about the Block Housing application and selection process, be sure to read the Block Housing information pages.

2. Graduate Student Housing in Neville and Shirley Apartments

In an effort to create a more concentrated living experience for our graduate student residents, both Neville and Shirley Apartments will become designated graduate student housing options for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Interested graduate students will apply through a separate application and not participate in Room Selection.  More information will be available soon. Current undergraduate residents living in Shirley and Neville Apartments can participate in one of the other phases of Room Selection to select a new room or apartment for the 2015-2016 academic year.

3.Greek residents are eligible to partipate in Room Selection.

Residents of Greek Housing are now eligible to participate in Room Selection to select a housing assignment for the 2015-2016 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 2015-2016 academic and will be asked to confirm their Greek housing assignment through a separate application process (outside of the Room Selection application).

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, 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.