Carnegie Mellon University

Apply for Housing

The timing and way in which you apply for on-campus housing depends on your class standing at Carnegie Mellon - first year, transfer, upperclass, or graduate student. Take a look at the options below. You can always email Housing Services or call 412-268-3437 with any questions.

First Year Students

House Wars

The housing application and assignments process is the same for all domestic and international incoming first-year students and College of Fine Arts (CFA) transfer students.

The housing application for Fall 2018 will become available in spring and is due by May 31. Housing assignments for first-year students are based on a randomly generated lottery number order for all students who apply before May 31. After May 31, students will receive lottery numbers at the end of the line in the order that their application is received.



Upper-class Students

Upper-class students new to campus housing or returning to campus housing must apply through the Upper-class Housing Waitlist application. Assignments are made in order of application date. Students who should complete this application are:

  • Returning from studying abroad, a leave of absence, or an academic/financial suspension
  • New international exchange students or new incoming upperclass transfer students (excluding CFA transfers)
  • Current on-campus residents who missed Room Selection

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Clyde House

Graduate Students

Many Carnegie Mellon graduate students, including international graduate students, live off-campus in neighborhoods surrounding the university. Check out the Off-Campus Housing resources page to explore off-campus housing options in the Pittsburgh community, learn more about the neighborhoods surrounding Carnegie Mellon, and find valuable information about off-campus living.

Public transportation and university shuttle buses make nearby communities extremely accessible to the campus.

Off Campus Housing Resources

ATTENTION GRADUATE STUDENTS: Housing Services will be offering a limited number of academic-year and Fall Only non-renewable leases to graduate students starting in August 2019.  Academic Year contracts are available for private units in Shirley Apartments, and Fall Only agreements are available for spaces in Doherty Apartments.  Email and include the subject line "Grad housing" for more information.
Off Campus Housing