Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Housing & Dining

The extraordinary times of living through a pandemic call for our heightened commitment to prioritizing our community’s health and safety as we work to mitigate coronavirus spread in our facilities and on campus.

Fall 2021 Housing Plans & Considerations

The planned approach for housing in academic year 2021-2022 is an optimistic one, with conditions much closer to what our residents experienced prior to the pandemic. 

Read these CMU Housing COVID-19 Planning FAQs about fall 2021. As conditions evolve, we will evaluate and update our plans and communicate periodic updates with residential students planning to live in our house communities.

Please visit the Housing & Residential Education website for more information.


Dining Services has refined its offerings and meal plan options to align with evolving health and safety conditions. First-year students living in university housing will be expected to maintain a meal plan to support a successful transition to college life.

Further details regarding dining plans and evolving health and safety measures can be found on the Dining Services website

For fall 2021, Dining Services is adhering to the following health and safety protocols at its dining locations:

  • All individuals must wear facial coverings upon entry into a dining facility and while placing an order.
  • Vaccinated individuals are permitted to sit inside a dining facility and eat. Vaccinated individuals can sit and eat together without distancing, but must put their facial coverings back on when they are finished eating.
  • Unvaccinated individuals must be distanced from others to sit and eat in a dining facility. If distancing is not possible, they must take their food somewhere they can be distant from others.