Moving In-Housing Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Welcome back to Carnegie Mellon University. We hope that you are looking forward to a great year!

Upper-Class Check-in

Upper-class resident check-in will begin on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 8:00 am. Check-in will continue throughout the weekend. The Housing Services office has the following extended office hours during Opening to assist residents with gaining access to their room/apartment.  

Extended Office Hours
Sunday, August 23 – Thursday, August 27: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday, August 28: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 29 - Sunday, August 30:  TBA

Regular Fall Hours begin on Monday, August 31
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

For security and logistical reasons, early arrivals are not permitted except for specially approved groups participating in Orientation, athletics or transitioning from Summer Housing. Please refer to your group leaders for specific check-in information if you are a student arriving early.

Buildings with Electronic Locks

Returning upper-class students who are living in a building that requires an electronic key-card  (all on-campus buildings and Shirley Apartments) simply need to visit a Housing kiosk anytime after their approved check-in date/time to encode housing access on your ID card.

Kiosks are located in the following areas during Opening:
  • Housing Services office (Morewood E-Tower)
  • Morewood Gardens Service Desk — 24-hour access
  • Jared L. Cohon University Center basement level (near the Post Office) — 24-hour access
  • West Wing first floor - 24-hour access
  • Residence on Fifth Lobby - 24-hour access (New for August 2014)

Buildings with Hard Keys

Residents assigned to any building that uses a hard key to enter (Fairfax, Neville, The Residence On Fifth, Shady Oak or Webster) should pick up their keys at the Housing Services office at The Residence On Fifth Service Desk.

Room Assignment and Roommate Information

All upper-class students can view their room assignment and the name of their roommate(s) and their e-mail address under the "My Info" tab of Student Information Online (SIO).

In most cases, only the name of the immediate roommate that you will be sharing a bedroom with will show up in the SIO. In cases of multi-room apartments (Webster, Fairfax, Shady Oak, Woodlawn, Roselawn, etc) as well as Resnik and West Wing suites, the names of your apartment-mates and suitemates will not appear.

Optional Services

Upper-class students who are interested in purchasing linens/towels, renting a Microfridge or signing up for personal property insurance should visit the Utilities and Services page for more information.


Parking is available throughout the campus for unloading your belongings. Please visit Parking & Transportation Services website for more information.

If you are moving to our Oakland apartments, please find below temporary parking areas to unload your luggage:
  • Fairfax residents can pull up to the back entrance of the building where there is a drive off of Henry Street (and also access to their freight elevator)
  • Webster residents can pull in the entrance way off of Dithridge
  • Shady Oak residents can pull in front of the building

Moving Carts and Storage

Moving carts are available at several of our desk services locations during move-in, including Residence On Fifth and Morewood Gardens.

The Student Life office offers storage spaces for students located within certain residence halls. Due to space limitations and high demands, there are guidelines and directions for use of these spaces. Please visit for detailed information.


It’s not too late to get a dining plan. Students can still sign up for a Dining Plan through the Dining Services website.

Technology Updates

Internet Connections
Computing Services recommends wireless connections for use in campus residence halls. For this reason, the wired outlet in your room will not automatically be activated when you move into your room or apartment. If you need to use a wired connection, visit Computing Services for instructions to activate your wired outlet. Allow up to three business days for the activation to take effect. The Residence on Fifth is a completely wireless building. Contact Computing Services if you have any questions or problems.

Phone Lines
Due to feedback from students regarding the extensive use of cell phones on campus, Housing Services has continued the removal of phone lines in individual student rooms. Common area phones will be available on each floor for emergency use and on-campus calling. Students are encouraged to use cell phones for local and long-distance calls. For specific information about phone line in a particular room, please contact the Housing Services office.

Air Conditioning

Students are not permitted to bring air conditioners without permission from Housing Services. A student may obtain permission to install an air conditioner for medical reasons only. A student will need to provide documentation of a medical need from a personal physician to University Health Services. Health Services staff will then verify and provide recommendation to Housing Services. Once the need is documented and approved, the student must provide the air conditioner for the university to install. Housing Services will then initiate a work order to install the student’s air conditioner in the appropriate location, and once completed, will charge the student for all associated costs. Housing Services maintains a listing of specifications for air conditioners for all residential buildings. There are no exceptions.

helpful links

Early Arrival Request

University Health Services

- Immunization Policy
- Student Health Insurance

Shipping and Storage

Parking reminder

All regular parking ordinances will remain in effect. Please follow all posted parking regulations, both on and off-campus.

Some Oakland buildings will have temporary parking/unloading zones available (see below).

fairfax parking

Pull up to the back entrance, off of Henry Street, to access the freight elevator.

Please do not use the passenger elevator to move your items.

Webster Parking

Pull in the entrance off of Dithridge to unload.

Shady Oak parking

Pull in front of the building to unload.