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Online room selection

Online Room Selection

New Residents

All room selection is online via myhousing within on the college life tab
All Room Selection is Online via MyHousingwithin on the College Life tab

  • Your Username & Initial Password was provided in your CMU Acceptance Letter

  • Your MAVzone username

  • is normally the first letter

  • of your first name followed by the

  • first seven letters of your last name.

  • To look up your username,

  • go to the Campus Directory

  • and use the search function.

  • Your username is the text in front of the

  • @ in your email address.

Trouble? Call the IT Help Desk, 970.248.2111.

To be eligible to set up a roommate group or to be added to a room selection lottery
To Be Eligible to Set Up a Roommate Groupor to be added to a Room Selection Lottery

  • When you apply for housing, you MUST submit:

  • 1 – Residence Life Application

  • 2 – Residence Life & Dining Contract

  • (signed by a parent/guardian if you are under 18)

  • 3 – Residence Life Deposit

  • If any of these items are missing or incomplete, you will not be added into Roommate Selection or any Room Selection Lotteries.

  • Your friends might be able to add you as a roommate, but your status will read Student Ineligible.

Two main steps for online room selection

  • Decide where you want to live

  • Plan for at least a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice. For example…

    • 1st choice: Tolman Single - If there aren’t any left…

      • Do I go for a Tolman Double or a Pinon Single?

    • 2nd choice: Pinon Single

      • What if they are all taken as well?

    • 3rd choice: Tolman Double

Two Main Steps for Online Room Selection



  • Choose your roommates and/or suitemates!

    • Review the Roommate Selection Guide

    • Set up your “Roommate Group” (if you have one) starting February 20th

    • Make sure everyone in your group has mutually requested each other so that you have a “fully matched” group before the earliest lottery time.

    • Make sure you all agree on a plan!

      • Which building, who goes in which room type within the suite, etc.

Lottery start times
Lottery Start Times

  • Every new student will be assigned a lottery start time.

  • Lottery start times are assigned based on the date the housing application, contract and deposit were received.

  • The earliest applicant has the earliest start time and is separated from the next applicant by a 15 minute interval.

  • Your lottery time is the earliest time you can select a room within MyHousing.

  • You can select your housing 24/7 after your start time

New student online room selection 2011 2012
New StudentOnline Room Selection 2011-2012

Online room selection

After you sign into MyHousing . . .

  • My Future Room Selection Processes:

  • Room Selection Process Name

  • Start and End Times of the Room Selection Process

  • Your Start Time within the Room Selection Process

Online room selection


To set up your roommate group,

go to the Room Selection menu and

click Roommate Selection

Please see the

Roommate Selection Guide

for more information on setting up your roommate group

Online room selection


When you click on “Room Selection” . . .If you haven’t signed a Housing & Dining Contract you will be asked to accept the contract before continuing in the process.

Make sure you read and understand the contract.

Your online agreement to the contract

is legally binding.

Online room selection


Search for your roommates here.

If your roommate does not currently live on campus or has not applied for housing, you will not be able to add them yet.

As soon as you add a roommate,

that student will receive an email notification on their MSC email account.

Online room selection


Remember:You must have a fully matched group before you can choose a room!

You can see which roommates are unmatched in your roommate group

Online room selection


Once your lottery is activeyou can view all available rooms before Your Start Time.

Go to the menu on the leftHover over “Room Selection”Click “Select a Room/Suite”to VIEW or SELECT a room.

You won’t be able to select a room until Your Start Time begins.

When your lottery is activated

it will be RED on your Overview page.

Online room selection


If you are eligible for more than one lottery at the same time, you will need to select the lottery in which you want to participate.

Remember, once you participate in one lottery, you will be removed from the other lotteries!

“Roommate Selection Only”

is not a room selection lottery.

Online room selection


Depending on your lottery (and how many rooms are left), you may have an opportunity to filter by Specific Hall.

To see all rooms across campus, just leave this filter as (any) and click “Find Available Rooms”

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List of Available Rooms

Select Room:Click Select Room to place just yourself or to place you and one roommate (if it is a double with two open beds).

Select Suite:Look at the Suite # then at the Rooms within that Suite. You can see how many doubles and/or singles are open within a suite to make sure it works for your group.

Floor Plan:Click Floor Plan to view the layout of the rooms on that floor.Floor plans are also available on the Housing website,, just click on Residence Halls or Apartments then on the link to the individual building.

Online room selection


Now that you have selected your suite, simply place each mutually requested roommate into the rooms of the suite.

Make sure you place your friends in the spaces you agreed on!

Once you hit Submit Room Selection, this will be your

permanent assignment for the upcoming academic year

(as well as the permanent assignment of any roommates you place).

Remember, there are no room changes until the Room Change Lottery.

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Here is the screen you will see once your room selection is complete.

You and your roommates will receive an email confirmation on your MSC accounts.

All information will be immediately displayed on your MyHousing Overview.

If you do not see this screen or your info on MyHousing Overview, please contact the Housing Office right away.

Online room selection


Your new assignment will show up on your MyHousing Overview immediately.

Room change lottery
Room Change Lottery

Monday, May 9 @ 8:00 AM

– Thursday, June 30 @ 5:00 PM

Everyone who chose a room can participate.

Go into MyHousing often to view available rooms –

the room choices will change frequently.

If you see one you like better, you can choose the new room and automatically drop your old room.

Change as many times as you like.

You cannot pull roommates in with you during this lottery –

each student must complete their own room change.

Online room selection

A Few Important Notes!

The list of available rooms you will be shown is limited to what you and/or your roommate groupfit into and are eligible for . . .

  • If you have a total of four people in your roommate group, you will only be shown suites & apartments (if eligible) where there are at least four available spaces

  • Males will be shown male rooms

  • Females will be shown female rooms

  • Non-freshmen will be shown apartments

    If you feel you should be eligible for a room typethat you do not see displayed, please call or emailResidence Life and we will determine your eligibility.


Handling roommates room selection scenarios
Handling Roommates &Room Selection Scenarios

  • Have a plan A, B and C

  • Decide with your roommates what you will do if no 4-person suites remain in Monument (etc).

    • For example, will you break up into two groups of two and try to find spaces near one another?

  • During room selection, you can delete or add roommate requests at any time.

    • Remember that your requested roommate(s) will receive an email each time you add or delete them!

What if i don t know anyone that s ok too
What if I don’t know anyone?That’s OK, too!

  • If you do not have someone in mind that you would like as a roommate, focus on choosing the best available room.

  • Once you pick your room, you will immediately have roommate and/or suitemate contact information available on your MyHousing Overview.

  • Get in touch with your roommates

    • Email, Call, Facebook, etc - whatever is best for you!

  • If you want a different roommate, you have two options:

    • Participate in the Room Change Lottery

    • Call our office and any of our staff will be happy to look through available roommates with you. We’ll read you their hobbies, living preferences, etc, and you can decide if you want to switch.

      • Remember: A match on paper is not always a perfect match and often students are happier with a roommate not exactly like themselves. More info on next slide . . .

More details on room selection vs roommate matching
More Details onRoom Selection vs. Roommate Matching

  • You might wonder how compatibility matching will work since you are picking the room and learning about your roommate after.

  • CMU and other schools have found that traditional roommate matching works in some cases, but very often a match that looks good on paper does not make a perfect roommate pair. There are several variables:

    • Often students fill out lifestyle preferences based on how they want their roommate to be – not their true lifestyle (ie – a messy student may want a very neat roommate )

    • Sometimes the student is not the one filling out the application and the person acting on their behalf does not know the student as well as they think!

    • Lastly, as intuitive as we try to make our questions, there is always margin for error in interpreting the answers.

  • The most successful housing assignments are made by empowering the student - allowing the student to see all available rooms and choose the best room for them!

  • You re done now what
    You’re done! Now what?

    • Once your room is selected, it will be your permanent assignment for the 2012-2013 academic year

      • Unless you choose to participate in the Room Change Lottery mentioned previously


    • Questions?

      • Email:

      • Call:(970) 248-1536