I do not have a roommate to request. How will one be selected for me?

Don’t worry, most students do not have a specific roommate preference when they come to CMU. If you do not request a specific person, one will be placed with you based on answers to your online housing application

I would like to request a roommate. How do I do this?

You are welcome to indicate an individual on the Requested Roommate page of the online housing application. Requests must be mutual from both students and submitted on each housing application.

I know someone from my high school who is going to CMU this fall. Is it a good idea for us to select each other as roommates?

The answer depends on the roommates. Many times, people choose someone who is familiar, but not really known well, because it provides a sense of security. If you are considering selecting a roommate, please make sure you ask questions in depth about his or her personal habits. These are the most important factors for roommate success. For example, two people may describe themselves as “morning people.” However, a person who wakes at 6 a.m. daily has a different perspective than the person who considers 10 a.m. early.

My best friend from high school and I want to be roommates. Does that seem like a good idea?

Certainly, choosing a friend as a roommate can be a comfort when you are moving to a new situation. CMU offers you the opportunity to meet and make friends with people from around the world. In college you will see that people can change in ways you never anticipate. Friends often learn they have similar interests but they do not live well together because of differing study, cleanliness, or social habits.  A high school friend living in a different hall can provide a place to go when you need some time away from your room.

If my roommate and I do not get along, can we switch rooms?

It is possible to change rooms on campus, with certain limitations. We encourage students to work together to make the most of their living arrangements. Room changes are possible, but they are dependent on available space and timing considerations. We like to give it at least two weeks to allow everyone to get settled and see if it can work. Roommate mediation is also available with an RA or Hall director.

If I do not have a mutual roommate request, will I be placed with another new student?

In most cases, we do pair new students together. However, space considerations can mean that some new students are placed with returning students. Our goal is to place people together with similar class ranking (such as a new student with a sophomore). No matter their placements, new students will live in a building with other new students who are going through similar transitions.