Carnegie Mellon University

Housing's got you covered.

We're here to make your campus house your home. Let us take care of the daily needs so you can concentrate on being a student and taking full advantage of your Carnegie Mellon experience. If you have any questions about CMU-provided services, email Housing Services or call 412-268-2139.

Maintenance Requests

Emergency Maintenance Requests

In case of a breakdown of an essential service (plumbing, lighting, heating, lock, etc.) or a problem that threatens health and safety, report the problem quickly. Emergencies will be addressed immediately. Less severe maintenance problems may be resolved within 24 hours.

For emergency maintenance during Housing Services office hours (Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm), call 412-268-2139.

When the office is closed, call the Service Response Center at 412-268-2910. Please be specific when the service technician answers.

Non-Emergency Maintenance Requests

Submit all non-emergency requests for maintenance in the residence halls (including furniture requests) via the online Housing and Dining Portal. Login and click the "Maintenance" link on the menu bar. (Only students who are checked into their room will be able to submit a maintenance request.) Be detailed in your request. The target time frame for non-emergency requests is seven working days.

For Staff maintenance requests, or requests by students for a location outside of their living space, use this request form instead.

If you encounter difficulties with a wired or wireless connection, complete and submit the Wired/Wireless Problem Report.

Submit a Maintenance Request

Contact Information

Call Housing Services during office hours at 412-268-2139.

Contact FMS Service Response at 412-268-2910.

Contact Campus Police at 412-268-2323.

Submit a Non- Emergency Maintenance Request

How to Submit a Maintenance Request


Laundry services are included for all on-campus residents. Housing Services partners with Mac-Gray to provide the latest equipment and advanced technology to serve your laundry needs. There are more than 200 machines on campus that offer LaundryView and LaundryView mobile (scan the QR code displayed in the laundry room), which allow you to check machine availability and report maintenance concerns from the convenience of your computer or device.

Desk Services

Several university residences offer service desks. Desk services include:

  • Key pick up and hard key return (at the Residence on Fifth desk only)
  • Various equipment check-out such as pool cues, ping pong paddles, board games, etc. (Requires a photo ID - driver’s license, passport, etc.)
  • Red moving carts - available for check-out at the Residence on Fifth desk year round and at Donner, Stever, and Residence on Fifth during move-in and move-out periods
  • Directory information: phone numbers for university offices, local restaurants, etc.
  • Housing Services information, such as room assignments, maintenance, and building access
  • Campus and building programming announcements

Private areas of residence halls are only permitted to Carnegie Mellon students, their escorted guests, and authorized representatives of the university. To gain access to a building that has a service desk, a person must use an ID card reader and/or show his or her university ID to the attendant.

The following locations are managed by desk managers and a graduate coordinator during the fall and spring semesters (starting the first day of class.) Hours vary during breaks and summer. 

Please contact us if you have questions or suggestions to improve desk services.

Donner House 412-268-3080 10AM-2AM
Morewood Gardens 412-268-2080 24 hours a day
Mudge House 412-268-3575 10AM-2AM
The Residence on Fifth 412-268-1518 24 hours a day
Stever House 412-268-1012 10AM-2AM
Makerspace (located in Morewood Gardens) 412-268-2080 12PM-12AM




Residences located on campus include cable TV service in all student rooms. You will need to bring a cable-ready digital TV and a coaxial cable to connect.


Wireless network access is available in on-campus residential buildings. Using the wireless connection is recommended to reduce overall university energy consumption. Ethernet (hard-wired) jacks are available in each on-campus room. Wired ports are turned off by default. If you need to use a wired connection, visit for more details. The Residence on Fifth is a completely wireless environment.

Troubleshooting Xfinity Cable or Internet Service (Webster, Shady Oak, or Fairfax)

Water, Sewage, Heat & Electricity

These utilities are among the services covered by the housing rates and are supplied to all university housing.

Air Conditioning

Some residences are air conditioned. If students need to install an air conditioner in a residence without air conditioning for medical reason, please read the air conditioning section of the Housing policies.

Resident Communication

The Office of Residential Education is the hub for sharing information with students who live in our residence halls. If you have a campus event that is happening and you are thinking about how to include residents in your program, we are glad to assist.

The Office of Residential Education distributes fliers to residential staff members for posting inside campus residence halls. Posting is limited to Carnegie Mellon University recognized student organizations only. We will not distribute materials from external solicitors or neighborhood businesses.

The following information must be provided on the poster: date, time, place, sponsored by, funded by (if funded), and contact information either a phone number or Carnegie Mellon University e-mail address (in the form of A Carnegie Mellon email address is non-negotiable and must be provided. You must also indicate if you have reserved appropriate space for your event. Failure to include this information will result in your request for distribution to be declined until the poster is updated.

To ensure timely distribution of posters, posters should be submitted for approval at least a week prior to the event, and copies of posters should be dropped off at Student Life Suite no later than 12pm on Wednesdays. Posters are distributed to residential staff mailboxes every Wednesday. Residential Education will not make copies of posters. Please be prepared to supply the necessary number of posters. For questions, please email Student Life or call 412-268-2142.

There are two ways to submit your poster for approval and have it distributed for posting:

In person
  1. Bring one copy of the poster, with the required information outlined above clearly indicated, to the Student Life Suite during regular business hours.
  2. Complete a "Poster Review Application" form at the front desk.
  3. Once the poster is approved, a Student Life Suite staff will notify the person who submitted the form.
  4. Appropriate number of copies for distribution can be dropped off at Student Life Suite after the approval.
  1. Complete this form and email a copy of the poster to Student Life

  2. Once the poster is approved, a Student Life Suite staff member will notify the person who submitted the form.
  3. Appropriate number of copies for distribution can be dropped off at Student Life Suite after the approval.

Each Monday afternoon, during the fall and spring semesters, a weekly announcement e-mail is sent to all students living in our residential communities. This email message is sent to the Residential Education staff (Resident Assistants) who forwards it to their residents. The Announcement e-mail contains information about upcoming events sponsored by Carnegie Mellon recognized groups, organizations, departments or campus communities. 

To have an upcoming event included in the weekly announcement, please send an e-mail with detailed information (text only, no posters will be accepted) by 10:00a.m. on Monday. Information received after the 10:00a.m. deadline will be included in the following weeks message, if applicable.

To subscribe or unsubscribe from the announcement e-mail list, please send an email with your name and e-mail information. 

Space Reservations

The Morewood Gardens Multipurpose Room

The Morewood Gardens Multipupose room has a wooden floor, barre, and mirrored wall. It can be used for dance practice.

University departments and student organizations can request a reservation by completing the reservation form at least 48 hours in advance of your requested reservation time. Reservations are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations can be made for a one-time use or recurring use during the semester. Reservations are accepted for the current semester beginning 8:30am on the first day of classes. All reservations are cancelled at the end of each semester. Reservations are not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email.  

Demand for using this space is high, so to accommodate as many requests as possible students and organizations are limited to a maximum of two hours per day and a maximum of six hours per week. Please notify Residential Education in advance of all cancellations. We expect that you will leave the room clean and remove all items that you bring into the space. Please vacate the multipurpose room at least 5 minutes prior to the end of your reservation so the next group may begin using the space promptly at their reserved time.

The Donner Dell and Grill

The Donner Dell and Grill is an outdoor space behind Donner House, near the Solar Decathlon House.

University departments and student organizations can request to reserve the dell/grill by completing the reservation form at least 48 hours prior to your requested reservation time. Reservation requests are checked by Residential Education staff during regular business hours, therefore requests made after hours will be checked the next business day. 

Please be respectful, during daytime hours, to staff in the BXA office, which is located inside the Solar Decathlon House. Trash and recycling cans at the site are provided, but small. If you anticipate creating a lot of waste, please bring extra garbage bags. There are dumpsters located on the east side of Donner House that you are welcome to use. Please leave the space clean and remove all items that you bring to the Dell and Grill.