Carnegie Mellon University

Room Selection Phases

For Room Selection 2021, most returning residents will select their room through one of three processes - Greek Housing, Block Housing or General Room Selection. Students may also consider applying to be a Resident Assistant (RA) or Community Advisor (CA) or be assigned to a Themed Living Community.

Virtual Room Selection 2021 Information Session

Learn about what's new for Room Selection 2021, including eligibility, housing options, phases, resources and more.


Main Phases of Room Selection

Live in your sorority or fraternity house.

Greek Housing

For friends who want to live close to one another (groups of 6 to 12 roommates)

Block Housing

Select your own room (individuals or groups of 2-5 roommates)

General Room Selection

Extended Selection

Students are only permitted to participate in one phase of Room Selection. For students who initially apply for Block Housing or Greek Housing, but later need to switch to General Room Selection, those students will receive a timeslot during Extended Selection. Additionally, Extended Selection is an opportunity for any General Room Selection applicant selecting by themselves to select from remaining vacancies in multi-bedroom units.

Other Housing Options

Get involved in your community.

Become an RA or CA

Live with anyone you wish.

Gender Inclusive Housing

Live in the Spirit House or work with the Housing team to meet your accommodation needs

Themed Housing and Housing Accommodations

Live off campus.

Off-Campus Housing

Block Housing

Block Housing is for groups of six to 12 friends who wish to live in close proximity to each other in pre-designated buildings. Block Housing is for roommate groups who find that who they live with is more important than exactly where they live. Blocks should be open to living in most or all of the Block Housing options, and groups should rank their preferences accordingly, as a group. Blocks that do not end up selecting a block of rooms can be made eligible for a timeslot on the last day of General Room Selection (Extended Selection). For a full explanation of the rules of Block Housing, reference the PDF called "Block Housing Rules" from the side-bar on the right.

The following buildings/units/areas will be available for Block Housing: 

  • Fairfax Apartments, floors 5 and 6 only - Approximately 100 bed spaces in Studio Doubles and one-bedroom Apartment Doubles
  • Fifth Neville Apartments, floors 1 and 2 only - Approximately 50 beds, in Studio Doubles, one-bedroom Apartment Doubles, and two-bedroom Apartment Doubles and Apartment Singles
  • Morewood Gardens – Floors 5, 6, and 7 only - Up to 110 beds in Semi-Suite Doubles and Semi-Suite Triples-as-Doubles
  • Margaret Morrison Apartments, units 111 through 130- Approximately 72 beds in two-bedroom Apartment Doubles (4 occupants per apartment; groups of 8 or 12 only)
  • Margaret Morrison Apt. 133 - 8 beds in a private, 4 bedroom apartment (one apartment for one group of 8 only)
  • Shady Oak Apartments – Approximately 70 beds in a variety of multi-occupant room types
  • Neville Apartments - Approximately 21 beds in two-bedroom apartments, each consisting of one Apartment Doubles and one Apartment Single (groups of 6, 9 or 12 only)
  • Resnik 480 suite and 580 suite - 8 occupant suites in suite single and suite double rooms (2 suites available for groups of 8 only)
  • Woodlawn Apartments, Apt. 4 and Apt. 7 – 12 beds in two separate 4 bedroom apartments each consisting of two Apartment Singles and two Apartment Doubles (2 groups of 6 or 1 group of 12 only)
  • Roselawn 15 – 6 occupants – 6 beds in a 5 bedroom house consisting of four Apartment Singles and one Apartment Double (1 group of 6 only)
Any Room Selection eligible resident who has not already confirmed a housing assignment for the next academic year can apply for Block Housing.

Step One

Designate a Block Leader, who will set up the Block Housing group in the Housing Portal.

Step Two

Block Members sign their Housing License Agreement and select "Block Housing" on the Process Selection page of the application.

Step Three

Block Members add themselves to the group created by the Block Leader. The Block Leader will "verify" the group via the Housing Portal once all of the members have added themselves.

Step Four

The Block Leader (and up to one other block member) attends the block's assigned Block Housing selection timeslot (via Zoom) and selects rooms for the block. This includes pairing up roommates and assigning all block members to specific room assignments.

  1. Create the group and set the password through the Housing Portal.
  2. Share the group name and password with group members.
  3. Make sure that group members add themselves to the group.
  4. "Verify" the group through the portal once everyone has been added.
  5. Make sure that group members sign their agreement and submit their application.
  6. Attend your Block Housing Timeslot (via a Zoom meeting). You may designate a proxy to select if you have class during your assigned timeslot by emailing rmassign@andrew.cmu.edu.
  7. Select a block of rooms.
  8. Pair roommates and make room assignments via the Housing Portal.
  9. Notify your Block Members of their assignments.

In addition to the above, the Block Housing Group Leader will have the added responsibility of being the liaison for their group with the Resident Assistant (RA), Community Advisor (CA), and Housefellow staff. Should there be any issues with members of your group during the year, Housing Services will contact the Block Leader to address those concerns. The Block Leader is expected to be responsive to this type of outreach.

  • Blocks must have at least six and no more than 12 block members.
  • Smaller sized blocks (six to eight individuals) may find more block options available to them.
  • Blocks can consist of all genders. Some areas may be able to accommodate gender inclusive roommate pairings, who will need to sign a financial responsibility form, in the event that a block member drops out.
  • Blocks are required to completely fill any rooms or apartments that they select. No half-filled rooms will be permitted, outside of "pick-up" spaces which are generally spaces like the roommate of an RA.
  • Blocks are not required to select rooms if they are not happy with the choices. If a block leader decides to walk away and no select rooms, all residents can go back and opt into General Room Selection. Block Housing applicants who switch to General Room Selection will be given a timeslot during Extended Selection (the last day of available timeslots), regardless of class standing.
  • Block timeslots are randomly generated amongst all blocks without regard to class standing. A first-year block is just as likely to get the first timeslot as a senior block.
  • Blocks are clusters of rooms located near each other. Specific room types are not guaranteed. Block groups will not be permitted to spread out across floors in order to acquire rooms of a specific room type (i.e. one-bedroom apartments versus studio apartments). Groups should plan for a block of rooms consisting of a variety of different room types.

General Room Selection

General Room Selection (GRS) is the phase of Room Selection for residents who are selecting by themselves or with a roommate group of two to five residents. (There is a limited number of units available for roommate groups of four and five.)

Students who opt into General Room Selection through the Housing Portal will receive a random Room Selection time slot within one of two groups (group 1: current first-years, group 2: all current sophomores, juniors, and eligible seniors), which determines the date and time when they select their housing assignment for the following academic year. Current first-years (rising sophomores) will select first, followed by upper-class students.

General Room Selection takes place completely online, but Housing Services is available during time slot hours to provide assistance.

The following buildings/units/areas will be available for General Room Selection: 

  • Fairfax Apartments, Annex and floors 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9 - Studio Doubles, One-bedroom Apartment Doubles, and a limited number of Two-bedroom apartments (consisting of one Apartment Double and one Apartment Single)
  • Fifth Clyde House - Brand new residence hall, consisting of Semi-Suite Doubles, Semi-Suite Singles, Suite Doubles, and Suite Singles
  • Fifth Neville Apartments, floor 1, 2, 5, and 6 - Studio Doubles, One-bedroom Apartment Doubles, and a limited number of Two-bedroom apartments (consisting of one Apartment Double and one Apartment Single)
  • Highlands Apartments - Two-bedroom apartments consisting of two Apartment Singles (reserved for rising Juniors and Seniors only)
  • Margaret Morrison Apartments - All remaining units following Block Housing selection; two-bedroom apartments consisting of two Apartment Doubles
  • Morewood Gardens - All remaining units following Block Housing selection on floors 5, 6, & 7;Semi-Suite Doubles, Semi-Suite Triples, and a limited number of Semi-Suite Singles
  • Neville Apartments - All remaining units following Block Housing selection; two-bedroom apartments consisting of one Apartment Single and one Apartment Double
  • Resnik and West Wing Houses - Primarily three-bedroom suites, consisting of two Suite Doubles and one Suite Single; some other layouts and size variations exists (see floor plans); limited number of Semi-Suite Singles and Semi-Suite Doubles
  • Roselawn Houses - Three-bedroom townhouses, consisting of two Apartments Doubles and one Apartment Single (half of Roselawn houses will be reserved for rising Juniors and Seniors)
  • Shady Oak Apartments - All remaining units following Block Housing selection; a wide variety of apartment layouts, including Studio Doubles, three-bedroom units consisting of three Apartment Singles, and some two-bedroom units consisting of one Apartment Single and one Apartment Double (see floor plans for layouts)
  • Woodlawn Apartments - A wide variety of apartment layouts made up of combinations of Apartment Singles and Apartment Doubles (see floor plans for layouts)
Any Room Selection eligible resident who did not select a space in campus housing during a previous phase of Room Selection (Block Housing, Greek Housing, Themed Housing or RA/CA Selection), who successfully submits their application for General Room Selection before the deadline.

Residents who are selecting rooms as part of a roommate group generally have a greater number of options than those residents selecting by themselves, since most multi-bedroom apartments and suites are reserved for residents who are a part of a roommate group of friends selecting together.

All of the housing options below are reserved for roommate groups(generally larger roommate groups), and in order to select, the roommate group size must meet the number of bed spaces in the unit. For example, a group of 4 would not be able to select an empty Roselawn house, since an empty Roselawn House has 5 beds and is thus only available to groups of 5.

Roommate groups that are have only 2 or 3 residents are also eligible to select any double or triple listed from the options in the "Inidividual or smaller roommate groups" section below.

  • Fifth and Clyde House (Groups of 3 or 4) – 4 occupant suites consisting of either four Suite Singles, or two Suite Doubles; also available; one 3 occupant suite consisting of one Suite Single and one Suite Double
  • Highlands Apartments (Groups of 2) – 2 occupant apartments consisting of two Apartment Singles (available for rising juniors and seniors only)
  • Margaret Morrison Apartments (Groups of 4) – 4 occupant apartments consisting of two Apartment Doubles
  • Neville Apartments (Groups of 3) –3 occupant apartments consisting of one Apartment Double and one Apartment Single
  • Resnik and West Wing Houses (Groups of 4 or 5) – 4 or 5 occupant suites consisting of a combination of Suite Doubles and Suite Singles
  • Roselawn Houses (Groups of 5) – 5 occupant apartments consisting of two Apartment Doubles and one Apartment Single)
  • Shady Oak Apartments (Groups of 3) – 3 occupant apartments consisting of a combination of room types, including Suite Singles, Suite Doubles, Apartment Singles, Apartment Doubles
  • Woodlawn Apartments (Groups of 3) – 3 occupant apartments, consisting of one Apartment Double and one Apartment Single

The building options below do not have any requirements to completely fill all beds within the room or unit. Therefore, these options can be selected by students selecting by themselves, or by smaller groups of only 2 or 3 roommate who prefer these building options. Unless otherwise specific above, these buildings do not have options for larger sized roommate groups (large groups would need to split into smaller groups).

  • Fairfax Apartments (Individuals OR groups of 2 or 3) – 2 or 3 occupant apartments; 2 occupant units consist of either one Apartment Double, or one Studio Double; 3 occupant apartments (limited availability, primarily in the annex) consist of one Apartment Double and one Apartment Single
  • Fifth and Clyde House (ndividuals OR groups of 2 or 3) – Semi-Suite Double and Semi-Suite Singles
  • Fifth Neville Apartments (ndividuals OR groups of 2 or 3) – 2 occupant apartments consisting of one Apartment Double or one Studio Double, 3 occupant apartments consisting of one Apartment Double and one Apartment Single
  • Morewood Gardens (ndividuals OR groups of 2) – 2 occupants in a Semi-Suite Double or Semi-Suite Triple-as-Double room (note: the Triple-as-Double option will only be available for the 2021-2022 academic year, and is not retainable), limited number of Semi-Suite Singles
  • Resnik and West Wing Houses (ndividuals OR groups of 2) – 2 occupants in one Semi-Suite Double (note: each semi-suite double typically shares a bathroom with an RA semi-suite single room)
  • Shady Oak (ndividuals OR groups of 2) – 2 occupants in one Studio Double

Step One

Start your Room Selection application sign your Housing License Agreement.

Step Two

Select "General Room Selection" on the Process Selection page of the application.

Step Three

Set up your roommate group, share your group name and password, and pair up with your roommates.

Step Four

Submit your General Room Selection application

Step Five

Wait to receive your General Room Selection time slot, which will be emailed on April 23, 2021by 5 p.m. Your time slot determines the date and time that you will be able to go in and select your room. In the meantime, start investigating your housing options.

Step Four

At the start of your timeslot, log into the Housing Portal to select your room. If you have confirmed roommates, the person with the best timeslot can assign all roommates to the selected room during their timeslot. Identify a room or apartment that can accommodate the size of your roommate group, and assign all roommates to spaces.

A few minutes before the start of your timeslot, you should log back into the Housing Portal and return to your Room Selection Application.

  1. If not automatically directed, go to the page titled "Your General Room Selection Timeslot."
  2. Once your timeslot has started, click the "Refresh" button at the bottom of the page.
  3. Choose which process you will be participate in "Room Selection for Larger Roommate Groups" or "Room Selection for Individuals/Pairs/Smaller Groups" and selec it from the drop-down list.
  4. Click the "Save and Continue" button.
  5. On the "Initial Building Filter" page "select" the building you are interested in browsing.
  6. Available rooms that can accommodate your roommate group should display. You can use the filters on the left-hand side to filter by room type, browse different buildings, etc.
  7. Once you have identified a room that you would like to select click the "Select this room" button. (Please note: For the "Larger Roommate Groups" process, all rooms within the unit/suite/apartment will be selected, and your roommate group size much match the size of the number of beds selected.)
  8. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Save and Continue."
  9. Assign yourself and each member of your roommate group to bed spaces within your select unit/room.
  10. Click "Assign Beds."
  11. Review your assignments.  You can still make changes at this point. If you need to make a change, click "Go Back" and start over.  If your assignments are correct and you are ready to lock in your selections, click "Confirm."
  12. Last step! Click "Complete" to complete your application as well as the applications of any roommate group members. (Your roommate groups don't need to do anything - you are doing this on their behalf if you are the one selecting the rooms.)
  13. You're done! You should be taken the Room Selection Application Status page.  As long as you've ended on this page, you've done everything you need to do.  You'll see your assignment as well as any suitemates or roommates withint your unit in the summary at the bottom of this page.
  14. You may now log out of the Portal. You can return to the Application Summary page at any time to review your assignment.

Extended Selection

Students participating in Extended Selection can select from all remaining rooms and do not need to fill the room with roommates. Extended Selection for Room Selection 2021 will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2021, for all residents who have not yet selected a room.

Any student who received a General Room Selection timeslot but did not yet select a room is eligible for Extended Selection at 9 a.m. on April 29th.  During Extended Selection, all "rules" in place during regular timeslots that required a roommate group to fill a suite, apartment, etc., are removed and all rooms become available for any roommate group size, including individuals selecting by themselves.  An individual can select an empty double room, and a roommate will be assigned later on, when someone else selects the remaining vacancy.  The selection process for Extended Selection in the portal is just like the process during timeslots - just make sure to select the "Extended Selection" option from the drop-down page to be directed to the selection process where the rules are removed.

Please note that selecting a double room without a roommate does NOT mean that you have the room as a single. Also please note that consolidations may occur after Room Selection ends.

The deadline to select a room through Extended Selection is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, 2021. At this time, all options to self-select a room will end.

Any student who originally applied for Block Housing but chooses to drop out of their block, or whose group decided not to select during Block Housing, will be given a timeslot for Extended Selection. This is because students are generally only eligible to participate in one phase of Room Selection, and we want to keep our process fair and transparent for those residents who applied for General Room Selection.

 

 

  • Residents who do not have a roommate(s) will be limited to selecting from a limited selection of building and room type options (see drop down question for "selecting as an individual" above.) If there are no rooms of interest remaining for selection, individuals selecting by themselves can also wait until Extended Selection to select their room.
  • The Roommate Groups pages of the Housing Portal will remain open during General Room Selection so that groups can add or remove roommates based on the availability of rooms. Residents are notified if they are removed or added to a group.
  • Residents who are eligible to participate in General Room Selection but did not complete the application before the deadline can be added to the Housing Waitlist to be assigned following the Room Selection process. Please email for more information if you missed the application deadline.

Greek Housing

Greek Housing is the phase of Room Selection for Greek chapter members who have been selected to live in the Greek Chapter Housing for the upcoming academic year. Individuals applying for Greek Housing should already be a member of a Greek organization with a chapter house. Greek chapter residents will join one large roommate group consisting of all future residents of the house, and chapter leadership (President, House Manager, etc.) will make individual room assignments.

The Greek Housing phase of the Room Selection process is only for Greek chapter members who have been notified that they have been selected to live in the chapter house for the upcoming academic year. If you are unsure about your status with the Greek chapter, speak with your chapter President or House Manager before proceeding with the application.

First, you should speak with your Greek Chapter's House Manager or President to indicate your interest in living in the chapter house and to confirm that there is space available. 

If selected, chapter leadership will give you their Group Name and Password, at which point you should follow the steps below to apply and add yourself to your Chapter's group.  

  1. Start a Room Selection application and sign your Housing License Agreement.
  2. Select "Greek Housing" from the Process Selection Page of the application.
  3. On the Roommates Group page, add yourself to your Greek chapter roommate group using the Group Name and Password provided by your chapter leadership.
  4. Submit your application and wait for your chapter leadership to assign you to a room in the chapter house.

Greek Chapter Leadership should designate one person - usually either the Chapter President or House Manager - as the Group Leader.

The designated Group Leader should then complete the following steps, starting as early in the application process as possible, so that group members have time to add themselves to the group.

  1. Start a Room Selection application (early in the process) by clicking on "Apply for Housing" in the Housing Portal and selecting "Academic Year Housing"
  2. Sign your Housing License Agreement and select "Greek Housing" on the "Process Selection" page
  3. On the Roommate Group page, select "Create Group" and designate a name (usually the name of your Chapter) and a password; click "Create Group"; your group is now started
  4. The Group Name and Password will be emailed to your Andrew email account; forward that email to all Greek residents who will be living in the Chapter house for the upcoming academic year, with instructions for them to start their own application and join the group
  5. Regularly monitor the status of your group by logging into your Room Selection application and follow up with any members/residents who are expected to be part of your group but haven't been added yet
  6. Once your Greek group is complete (all residents who are expected to live in the chapter house next year), you - as the Group Leader - should click the "Verify Group" button (keep in mind that once you verify your group, no changes can be made, which means no new members can add themselves and no one can remove themselves - do not verify your group until it's completely ready!)
  7. Once your group is verified, click "Save & Continue" and then submit your individual Greek Housing application; you will receive a confirmation that your application is submitted and should then wait for more information about your Greek selection timeslot

 

Greek Chapter Members need to wait to receive their Chapter Group Name and Password before starting their Room Selection application. If you are planning to live in the house but have not received these details by April 9th, please reach out to your Chapter Leadership.

Once you have this information, follow the steps below.

  1. Start a new Room Selection application by clicking on "Apply for Housing" in the Housing Portal and selecting "Academic Year Housing"
  2. Proceed through the application, signing your Housing License Agreement and selecting "Greek Housing" on the "Process Selection" page
  3. On the "Greek Chapter Resident Groups" page, click the "Join a Greek Group" text located in the bottom right-hand corner
  4. Enter the Group Name and Password EXACTLY as it appears in the email that was shared with your by your Chapter Leader
  5. Click "Join Group"
  6. Back on the "Groups" page, you will see your name added to the listed of Greek residents
  7. Click "Save & Continue" and then proceed through the following page to submit your application
  8. You're done! Now you just wait for your Chapter Leadership to assign you to a room in the Greek house