Room Selection explained

Students who have participated in Room Selection in the past may remember Housing Services’ major changes to the process. This year, like last year, there are no noticeable changes in the Room Selection process, except for that the process occurs over a longer period of time and many of the dates are later than usual. For those students still unsure of the process, here is a rundown of the phases of Room Selection.

The Room Selection process is broken down into several phases: Room Retention, “Room with a Retainer” (also known as “Pull-ins”), “Elect to Participate,” and General Room Selection. Room Selection occurs during the next five weeks of classes, so all students returning next year should at least start thinking about their plans.

Room Retention

Room Retention, the first phase, which begins today at 9 a.m., gives students the option to remain in their current living location as long as they are currently part of a building or floor that allows room retention. If you live in an exclusively first-year building or floor, you are unable to retain your room. This retention process ends at 5 p.m. on March 18.

Room with a Retainer

The next main Room Selection event, starting at 9 a.m. on March 21, is the “Room with a Retainer” phase. Each day is designated to certain buildings for retainers to choose their pull-ins. Building schedules will be announced shortly.

Elect to Participate

Following spring break will be the “Elect to Participate” phase. Like last year, this is optional, but is necessary for all students intending to remain in campus housing who haven’t retained, been pulled in, or applied for Block Housing. This process begins March 27 at 9 a.m. and continues until March 31 at 5 p.m. Lottery numbers for General Room Selection will be sent out the following day, April 1, by 5 p.m.

The “Elect to Participate” phase is the period for Oakland Priority and Block Housing Selection. Oakland Priority Selection is for students who are being displaced from their Oakland apartments. Block Housing is for any group of six or more students planning on living in the same building. Areas designated for Block Housing are Fairfax, Shady Oak, and Webster. All Block Housing placements must completely fill their rooms —
no empty slots are allowed. Oakland Priority Selection is March 25, and Block Housing Selection is March 29 and 30. Additionally, applications for Block Housing are due March 18 by 5 p.m.

General Room Selection

The final phase is “General Room Selection.” All students who elect to participate in General Room Selection are scheduled to choose their room according to their lottery numbers. The selection process will take place on April 4 and 6. Open assignments will take place on April 5 during General Room Selection.

All individuals participating in Room Selection must choose from either a single room, or a room or apartment that has only one space left. Housing rates are expected to increase again this year by about 4 to 6 percent.

There will be no newly added first-year-only housing facilities this year.

For more detail about the Room Selection process, visit www.cmu.edu/housing/roomselection.