General Room Selection-Housing Services - Carnegie Mellon University

General Room Selection

General Room Selection is the final phase of Room Selection — it's the process where eligible residents who haven't yet selected a room choose from the remaining available spaces. Students who opt into "General Room Selection" through the Housing portal application will receive a random Room Selection timeslot within their class (first-year, sophomore, or junior+), which determines the date and time when they select their housing assignment for the following academic year.

General Room Selection takes place completely online, but Housing Services is available to offer assistance in any way.

Dates to Remember

Friday, March 3, 2017, at 12 pm (noon)Deadline to apply for General Room Selection

Friday, March 3, 2017, by 5 pm - Timeslots will be emailed out

Monday - Wednesday, March 6 - 8, 2017 - General Room Selection online; timeslots to be announced

Eligibility for General Room Selection

Any resident who is eligible for Room Selection and who hasn't already confirmed a housing assignment for the 2017-2018 academic year is eligible to participate in General Room Selection as long as the "General Room Selection" option was selected on the Room Selection application before noon on March 3, 2017.

What To Do to Get Ready for Room Selection

  1. Talk to your friends and current roommates to decide who you would like to live with — make sure that they have not already selected a housing assignment for next year. 
  2. Start your housing application through the Housing Portal and set up your roommate group. Make sure that your roommates add themselves to the group!
  3. Click through the "Confirm Process" step of the online application — this let's us know that your application has been submitted and that you have elected to participate in General Room Selection.
  4. Wait to receive your General Room Selection timeslot (available on March 3, 2017, at approximately 5 pm). Your timeslot determines the date and time that you will be able to go in and select your room. If space is available, all roommates who are part of your Roommate Group can be assigned together at the same time, through the online process.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Current first-year residents should be familiar with our Open Assignments policy, since it is likely that many first-year students will receive an Open Assignment during General Room Selection.  
  • Not familiar with the upper-class living areas?  Be sure to attend the Open Houses, investigate your residential options, and reach out to friends who live in buildings you might be interested in.
  • During General Room Selection on March 6, 7 and 8, residents who are selecting a room through the portal are required to completely fill the room with roommates, select a single room, or fill an already existing half-filled room.  Residents selecting by themselves will not be able to start a new completely empty double, triple, suite, or apartment. During Extended Selection starting on March 9 (this runs through March 10), this "must fill the room" rule is removed and residents can select from all of the remaining rooms.
  • Residents who are eligible to participate in General Room Selection but did not complete the application before the deadline may be permitted to participate in Room Selection by receiving an Open Assignment (based on availability). Please contact for more information if you missed the application deadline.

General Room Selection: Step-By-Step

  1. During their timeslot, students must log back into the Room Selection application. If you have class or are unavailable during your timeslot, you will be able to access the General Room Selection pages anytime after your timeslot, through 5 pm on Thursday, March 9, 2017.
  2. Go to the "Select Room" page of the application (if not taken there automatically after logging in).
  3. Browse the available buildings and rooms to find a space that you're interested in.
  4. Select the room you want by clicking on it — it will then highlight in yellow.
  5. Assign yourself to a bed space (don't worry — this doesn't assign you to a specific physical bed in the room, it's just a representation of the total number of beds available in any given room).
  6. Complete your Housing License Agreement.
  7. Complete the "Complete and Confirm" step to lock in your selection.
  8. You're done! Congratulations!

Room Availability

Room availability information will be posted on this website at the start of General Room Selection on Monday, March 6, 2017.

IMPORTANT: The information on the room availability tables changes constantly. Residents may use this as a resource, but spaces that are showing on these tables are not guaranteed and may not be available at selection time, even if they are still showing up on this list.  Additionally, selection rules may dictate that a resident cannot select a particular room even if it is showing up as available.

General Room Selection takes place on March 6, 7, and 8.

Extended Selection (no roommate requirements) begins on March 8 @ 5 p.m.

Log into the Housing Portal