Carnegie Mellon University

Room Selection 2022

Room Selection is the process when current undergraduate residents (rising sophomores, juniors and seniors living in campus housing for the spring 2022 semester) select their on campus housing for the next academic year.

The General Room Selection 2022 application opens on February 14, 2022!

All of the information you need to have a successful Room Selection process is here, but you can always email Housing or call 412-268-2139 with questions.

This Virtual Information Session shares what's new for Room Selection 2022, eligibility information, housing options, Room Selection phases, resources and more.

Stay on Track for Room Selection

1. Verify that you are eligible to participate in Room Selection.

2. Decide which phase of Room Selection you will participate in - Greek Room Selection or General Room Selection.

3. Be familiar with Room Selection dates and deadlines.

4. Find a roommate or roommates.

5. Sign your Housing License Agreement and submit your application.

6. Select a room during your designated phase.

Dates & Deadlines

Greek Room Selection

First week of December
Greek Room Selection Group Leaders can set up Greek Roommate Groups.
December 1 - January 21
Greek Residents can apply for Greek Room Selection and join their Greek Roommate Group.
January 21 @ 12 p.m. (noon)
Deadline for Greek members to join their roommate group, sign their HLA, and submit their Greek Room Selection applications.
January 24 & 25
Greek Group Leaders will assign Greek residents to rooms.
January 26 - February 4
Greek Room Selection open cancellation period.

General Room Selection

February 14
General Room Selection application is available for all eligible residents (except those who already participated in Greek Room Selection).
February 25 at noon
Deadline to apply for General Room Selection to receive a timeslot.
February 28 - March 3
General Room Selection (select your own room)
March 7 - April 1
General Room Selection open cancellation period

RA/CA Applicants

December 8 - January 27
Application is available from Residential Education (not a portal process)
January 27 - February 21
Interviews with Residential Education
February 25
Offers out to candidates
February 28
Deadline to accept position and sign both the position agreement and housing license agreement through the Housing Portal (part of the Room Selection application)

Note for RA/CA Applicants:

The deadline to apply for General Room Selection is noon on Feburary 25, 2022, the same day that RA offers will be sent out. Any RA applicant whose back-up plan is to live in campus housing (should they not be hired as an RA) should submit a General Room Selection application prior to the noon on 2/25. If hired, Housing Services will convert their application to an RA application, where the applicant can then sign their position agreement and HLA.

Are You Eligible?

In general, you are eligible if ...

You are a current first-year/class 1, sophomore/class 2, and junior/class 3 (in other words, rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors), living in housing for the full Spring 2022 semester, enrolled in classes for the Spring 2022 semester as a full-time undergraduate student, and are not scheduled to graduate prior to May 2023.

You're not automatically eligible, but can request eligibility if ...

You are a current undergraduate senior/fifth-year/class 4 or 5 resident living in housing for the Spring 2022 semester, and you are going to be enrolled as an undergraduate student for the full 2022-2023 academic year. To request to be made eligible for Room Selection simply email Once your graduation date of May 2023 is confirmed, you will be approved.

In general, you are not eligible if ...

  • You are a graduate student.
  • You are an undergraduate who will be a graduate student (class 10) in fall 2022 (including accelerated Master's programs).
  • You are a new incoming first-year student who will start at CMU in the fall of 2022.
  • You are on leave of absence, academic suspension or any other non-enrolled status during the Spring 2022 semester.
  • You are scheduled to graduate in December 2022; however, you can email us at to get your name on the Fall Only waitlist, and we will make fall only housing offers based on availability following the General Room Selection process, if space remains. Fall only housing is not guaranteed.

Eligibility Scenarios

I currently live on campus.

If you're currently living in campus or Greek housing as a current first-year, sophomore, or junior (as defined by SIO), then you're eligible for Room Selection. If you plan to live in your Greek Chapter house next year, you should participate in Greek Room Selection.

If you are a current resident who is a senior, fifth-year senior, or graduate student (as defined by SIO), you are not automatically eligible for Room Selection. Current seniors who will be attending for a fifth full undergraduate year can request an exception via email.

I am currently studying abroad, on a Washington Semester, or participating in a registered Co-op.

If you are studying abroad or participating in an off-site program for the spring semester but are still enrolled as an active full-time Carnegie Mellon student, then you are eligible for Room Selection, as long as you lived in campus or Greek housing during the Fall 2021 semester.

I am currently living off-campus.

Students living off-campus are not eligible for General Room Selection but can apply for the Housing Waitlist (via the Housing Portal). Housing is not guaranteed to waitlist applicants, and offers are made based on availability following the conclusion of Room Selection, if space exists.

Greek members currently living off-campus are eligible for Greek Room Selection only (not General Room Selection), if they plan to live in their Greek Chapter House for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

I am currently on a leave of absence or academic suspension.

Students who are currently on leave or suspension are not eligible for Room Selection, but you can apply for the Housing Waitlist (via the Housing Portal) as soon as you have been approved to return from leave/suspension and the appropriate paperwork has been started with your academic department. Housing is not guaranteed to waitlist applicants, and offers are made based on availability following the conclusion of Room Selection, if space exists.

Being eligible for Room Selection does not mean that you will automatically be assigned university housing. You must actively participate in the Room Selection process.


Your Room Selection housing options are much greater when you select with a roommate.

Finding roommates through the housing portal is a great option if you don’t already have roommates in mind. You can create a roommate profile and browse and message potential roommates. Once roommates decide they want to live together, one will need to set up a Roommate Group and the others add themselves to the group.

Additionally, you can browse potential roommates, view compatibility matches, and message back and forth through the Room Selection application.

Your RA, CA, or Housefellow could also be a good resource as they may be aware of other residents who are also looking for roommates. Approach your roommate search with an open mind - you may end up finding a great roommate!

Residents have the ability to hide their information from the roommate search functionality in the Room Selection application if they do not want to be part of the roommate search feature.

General Room Selection

During online General Room Selection, you will generally have more room options available if selecting with a roommate than if selecting by yourself. Many multi-occupant rooms and units will only be available to a roommate group that matches the size of the unit. (For example, to select a Roselawn house, you must have a roommate group of 5.)

If you are selecting housing without a roommate and no single rooms are available, you will either need to select a half-filled room (if one is available), select a double or triple room in a semi-suite building (where there are no rules requiring roommate groups), or wait until Extended Selection when we will open up all remaining spaces - even in multi-bedroom houses and apartments - without requiring a roommate group that matches the capacity of that unit.

Residents without a roommate will be able to select from a variety of semi-suite room options and some limited apartment options.

What's New for Room Selection 2022?

Room Selection continues to evolve. If you've gone through Room Selection before, be sure to review these changes carefully, since things will be different for Room Selection 2022.

Fairfax Apartments will be offline for the 2022-2023 academic year for renovations.

Fairfax Apartments will be undergoing some exciting and extensive renovations during the 2022-2023 academic year; therefore, it will not be a housing option during Room Selection 2022.

Housing Services will temporarily lease additional apartments.

*Updated 2/21/22 - Due to Fairfax Apartments being offline for the 2022-2023 academic year, Housing Services will lease additional apartment housing options in Webster Apartments, and possibly a second location still to be determined. More information will be released as it comes available. The additional housing options in Webster Apartments will be available for selection during Room Selection 2022. If there is a "to be determined" option, that will be available through the Open Assignments process.

Greek Housing will have it's own Room Selection process.

Beginning this year, Greek chapter houses will have their own Greek Room Selection process, which will take place in advance of the General Room Selection process. All students planning to live in Greek housing next year will sign a Greek Housing License Agreement and use the Greek Room Selection application to confirm their interest in living in the chapter house. Chapter leadership will make room assignments through the Housing Portal Greek Room Selection application.

General Room Selection will be the only phase of Room Selection 2022.

All residents participating in Room Selection 2022 will participate in General Room Selection. In General Room Selection, all residents apply and form/join roommate groups, and then select from available rooms at their randomly generated timeslot. Retaining current rooms is not an available option.

Housing plans to operate at normal capacity with normal rates.

Room Selection 2022 will offer traditional housing capacity and room rates for the 2022-2023 academic year, including triple occupancy rooms.

Current first-year students (rising sophomores) will select first.

The first-year residential experience has long been a hallmark of being a Carnegie Mellon student. Just like last year, the Room Selection 2022 process will allow current first-year students (rising sophomores) to select their housing assignments first in General Room Selection. We will have ample housing choices available to all students who wish to participate in the process.

Roommate groups will play a bigger role.

Some buildings and areas are more conducive to groups of friends living together. This year, for multi-room apartments and suites (such as 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, 3-bedroom Roselawn houses, and multi-bedroom suites in Resnik), the roommate group size must match the capacity of the unit in order for the group to select that unit. For example, in a Resnik 5-occupant suite consisting of two doubles and one single, only a roommate group consisting of 5 residents will be able to select the suite.

Some spaces will be made available only to upper-class students.

We recognize that some on-campus housing living areas are more appealing to upper-class students who are looking for a more independent living situation. For this reason, some living areas will be designated as Junior/Senior only, such as Highlands Apartments and some of the Roselawn Houses.