Carnegie Mellon University

Make us part of your story.

Relationships are at the core of everything we do in Residential Education. We learn the individual stories of our residents so that we can build communities that support, encourage and celebrate our shared experience at Carnegie Mellon. We believe that gathering around differences to engage in dialogue, inquiry and reflection makes us all stronger.

The House Model at Carnegie Mellon is built around small, close-knit communities. Exceptional student leaders and dedicated professional staff members live with and alongside our residential students to ensure that guidance and support is always nearby. Housing and Residential Education are committed to a comprehensive vision for student development that utilizes the residential house community as a focal point for the student experience on campus.

House Model Fast Facts

  • Carnegie Mellon has 15 house communities.
  • Each house is staffed by a Housefellow, a Community Advisor (CA), and a staff of Resident Assistants (RAs).
  • First-year students are required to live in campus housing, and housing is guaranteed for four years as long as students do not move off campus.

Our Student Staff Members

Community Advisors (CAs)

Each house community is served by one Community Advisor. In concert with professional staff members, CAs provide the leadership for the vision, direction, and daily activity in each of our residential house communities. They are upperclass or graduate students who develop a strong sense of community in each house by getting residents involved and fostering an environment that contributes to the personal and academic success of all who live there.  

Meet our Community Advisors 

Resident Assistants (RAs)

Each floor in our residential communities is served by a Resident Assistant. RAs develop supportive relationships with individual residents and create strong floor and house communities. They educate residents about campus-wide programs, resources, and opportunities while serving as a peer advisor and community role model.  

Meet our Resident Assistants