Carnegie Mellon University

Welcome back.

We hope you're excited to start another year at Carnegie Mellon University! You can find all your need-to-know information about moving in here, but feel free to email us with any other questions.

Check-in for Upper-class Students: Thursday, August 22, 2019

Upper-class residents can arrive at their convenience any time after Thursday, August 22. There is no formal move-in process for upper-class residents.

Room Assignment and Roommate Information

Once the information is available, all upper-class students can view their room assignment and the name and email of their roommate(s) under the "My Info" tab of Student Information Online (SIO).

In most cases, only the name of the roommate that you will be sharing a bedroom with will show up in the SIO. In cases of multi-room apartments or suites, the names of your apartment-mates and suite-mates will not appear.

Building Access

Residents assigned to any building that uses a hard key to enter (FairfaxNevilleShady Oak, or Webster) should pick up their keys at the Residence On Fifth service desk, which is open 24 hours a day. Please have a form of identification with you to pick up your keys. You do not need to visit a Housing Services office in order to pick up your key. 

For buildings that use electronic locks, please visit the Housing Services Access page.

Early Arrival Housing Requests

For security and other logistical reasons, residents are not permitted to check into campus housing before the established check-in dates.

Pre-Approved Groups

If you are a member of a fall athletic team, orientation, move-in volunteer or other such group, you do not need to apply for an individual request since group requests were submitted by the coach or advisor. If you have questions about your early arrival status please contact your coach or group advisor.

If You Are An Individual

The Early Arrival application will be available in mid-July. We recommend that you submit your request as early as possible for consideration however it must be made at least 3 business days in advance of your requested arrival date. Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and making a request does not guarantee approval. Applications submitted after August 15 will receive an automatic denial.

How to Apply

  • Log in to the Housing Portal.
  • Select "Apply for Housing."
  • Select the "Academic Year 2019-2020" option and click "Apply Now."
  • Click on the “Fall Early Arrival Request” page at the end of the application
  • Select a date between August 15 and August 21 and include your reason for request
  • Click “continue” to submit your request
  • You will receive an email acknowledging your application has been received.
  • You will receive a separate email when the status of your request is determined.


Many individuals requesting early arrival move-in are denied with limited exceptions. Residents are provided with the official move-in dates early in the year so that appropriate living and travel arrangements can be made. Please note that residents may not store their belongings in their fall assignment prior to their actual move-in. If students arrive early without pre-approval and gain access to their rooms, they will be charged $100 per night through their student accounts.

Temporary Parking for Oakland Apartments

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 the freight elevator).

Webster residents can pull in the entrance way off of Dithridge.

Shady Oak residents can pull in front of the building.