Campus Housing

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$47,642
Admission Difficulty
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: During my first year my dorm was pretty decent--there was a lot of emphasis on house bonding, and there would often be fun events to facilitate that.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Great communities but like any other college, enormously overpriced.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Each of the dorms provide a very different sort of environment. The cleanliness of a particular dorm is not up to par and should be dealt with much better. Besides that, most students are happy with the dorms. One of the best things about them is that they really are close to the buildings for the most part.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I think the dorms are pretty close to classes. However, many of the dorms are rather old and I think they could definitely use an update. The best options are definitely the apartment housing, since you do get a kitchen and you get more of an independent feel. The social atmosphere is nice. People are generally friendly and there is a sense of community in a dorm building. The cost, however, is rather expensive for what you get, since it isn't always clean and again, there should be rennovations done to improve the environment for the students. The housing process is rather easy. Amenities generally include gym and laundry.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: A lot of people move off campus because the cost of Pittsburgh is so low that living here after freshman year does not make sense at all unless your housing is paid for by a grant/scholarship. The amount you pay for housing here is NOT worth what you get. Morewood is the most convenient (closest to all classes and has a restaurant inside) but not the nicest dorm. Some dorms are nice but closer to Pitt than CMU so it's a bit of a walk in the winter.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 966th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1050th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 1167th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 1208th
    Most Spacious Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Raina Bradford-Jennings
Hometown
Brookfield, CT
Major
Professional Writing
Grad Year
2014
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All freshmen are required to live in campus housing, unless they get excused for extenuating circumstances. Freshmen live in two main areas of campus: the Morewood dorms and the Margaret Morrison dorms. It's hard to discern which first-year dorm is the best; depending on whom you ask, most CMU students will answer with their own dorm. However, you will hear that campus housing is generally a great freshman experience. On the other hand, you will get mixed reviews about on-campus housing for upperclassmen. Campus housing is guaranteed for four years for all students, provided they don't leave campus housing at any point. This means that if you live in Greek housing, off campus, or abroad for even a semester, you will have to sign up for the housing wait list. While housing services does its best to place everyone from the wait list, depending on the number of students in campus housing for that semester or year, it just isn't possible.

For upperclasmen who stayed in campus housing, they sign up for the housing process sometime halfway through the spring semester. Rising juniors and seniors can keep their rooms, but sophomores can't because their rooms are cleared for the next freshman class. Those who don't keep their rooms can be pulled into coveted apartments or suites by friends, or they can wait and receive a room selection number. These numbers determine who gets to choose housing first, and unfortunately, this process is random. No cheating the system for you, so follow CMU students and try your best to get pulled into rooms.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
4,069
Average Housing Costs
$7,070
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Men's dorms
  • Special housing disabled students
  • Special interest housing
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
64%
Freshmen Living On Campus
99%
Number of Dormitories
13
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
10
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Donner House
  • Morewood E-Tower
  • Mudge House
  • Residence on Fifth
  • Stever House
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Morewood Gardens
  • Resnik House
  • Roselawn Houses
  • West Wing House
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • Hammerschlag House
  • Henderson House
  • Residence on Fifth
  • Scobell House
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Henderson House
  • Scobell House
  • Shady Oak Apartments
  • Woodlawn Apartments
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable TV jack
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Internet access
  • Window coverings
Also Available
There are eight themed living areas available for freshmen on campus, including wellness housing, PLACE (Program for Leadership and Civic Engagement), QSSS (Quantitative Social Science Scholar), SHS (Science and Humanities Scholars Programs), HSP (Humanities Scholars Program), BXA interdisciplinary degree program, quiet living, and global studies.
Available for Rent
MicroFridges are available from The Melvin Group. The cost is about $200 for the academic year, so if split between you and a roommate, that's only $50 a semester. They have 2.9 cubic feet in storage capacity, and it comes equipped with a mini-refrigerator, a mini-freezer, and a microwave on top! If you place your order a certain time before the school year begins, facilities staff will even deliver it to your room for you.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Boss House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Recreation area, television room, study lounge, laundry
Donner House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Recreation area, television room, study lounge, laundry, kitchen
Hamerschlag House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Television/recreation area, common kitchen, laundry, pool table
Henderson House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Recreation area, television room, study lounge, laundry, wellness housing, air conditioning
McGill House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Recreation area, television room, study lounge, laundry
Morewood E-Tower
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Study lounge, laundry
Morewood Gardens
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Recreation room, television room, study lounge, laundry, computer cluster, mail room, common kitchen
Mudge House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Living room, dining room, parlor room, study lounge, television room, garden courtyard, laundry, mailroom, common kitchen, fitness room
Resnik House
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Air-conditioned, TV room, computer cluster
Scobell House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Lounge, laundry, TV lounge, recreation room
Stever House
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Conference room, laundry, fitness room, study room, recreation area, kitchen, private dining, environmentally-friendly design, air conditioning
Welch House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Television and study lounge, parlor room, laundry, quiet living area, air conditioning
West Wing House
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air-conditioned, television room, computer cluster, mail room, community kitchens

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Doherty Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios (doubles), one-bedroom apartments (triples)
Special Features: Recreation area, television room, laundry, fitness room
Fairfax Apartments
Floors: 9
Number of Units: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios (doubles), one- and two-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, workout room, air conditioning
Margaret Morrison Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two-, four-, and eight-bedroom apartments (doubles)
Special Features: Fitness room, lounge, laundry facilities
Neville Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: <10
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Three- and four-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Air conditioning, lounge
Residence on Fifth
Floors: 5
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Studios (doubles, triples), one-bedroom apartments (triples)
Special Features: Air conditioning, fitness room, in-house movie theater, piano room, kitchens, laundry facilities and several lounges
Roselawn Houses
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Three-bedroom houses (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Kitchen, living room, dining room
Shady Oak Apartments
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios (doubles) and two-, three-, and five-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry
Shirley Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios (singles), one-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry
Webster Hall Apartments
Floors: 12
Number of Units: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios (doubles), one- and two-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, air conditioning
Woodlawn Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: One-, two-, and four-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Laundry, art gallery

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