Undergraduate students at CIM are required to live on campus for their first two years of collegiate study. Upperclassmen and graduate students can rent out apartments and houses within University Circle or in nearby neighborhoods. Although it's the student’s responsibility to secure suitable housing off-campus, CIM is happy to assist with the search.

On-Campus Housing

Cutter House Residence Hall

Cutter House, a co-educational residence hall, is located directly across from the conservatory, allowing for a quick and easy commute. On the first floor, there's a community lounge with a pool table, ping pong table and television. Each floor has its own study lounge.

The majority of rooms are doubles, with single and quad/triple rooms available for returning students. Each room is wired for cable TV and fiber-optic Internet connections. You'll have access to a basic set of furniture, including a bed frame/loft, mattress, desk, chair and dresser. We encourage students to bring their own furnishings to make the rooms feel like home.

Resident assistants (RAs) live on each floor. They're the students' primary contact and can assist with resolving roommate issues.

Housing Preference Form:

Students with freshman and sophomore standing are required to live in the residence hall. In order to secure the best match for roommates, you will need to log in to Slate and complete the Housing Preference Form. If you have issues logging in, contact Resident Director Cicely Schonberg at cicely.schonberg@cim.edu. If you have any questions about this form or if you'd like to make any changes, please contact CIM Student Affairs at (216) 791-5000.

Other Key Resources:

New! CIM Student Housing Complex

A new, state-of-the-art student housing complex is scheduled to open in summer 2020. The new building will be located at 1609 Hazel Drive, just steps from CIM’s main building in University Circle.

The new five-story facility will include 22 acoustically isolated practice rooms on the main floor, residence space for first- and second-year CIM undergraduates on two floors and rental units targeted at upperclass and graduate students at CIM and other University Circle-area college students on two floors. 

Amenities include:

  • Deluxe, fully furnished units with all the comforts of home, including in-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi, laundry and full kitchens 
  • An acoustical-minded construction approach, which reduces sound transfer suite to suite 
  • 19 individual and 3 chamber music-sized practice rooms available around the clock 
  • Secure, controlled access 
  • Exercise studios 
  • Spacious, relaxing lounges and a classroom  
  • Individually controlled heating and cooling

Learn more at 1609hazel.com.

Off-Campus Housing

Suggested Neighborhoods

Most upperclassmen and graduate students choose to live off campus in apartments or rental houses located in University Circle (Hessler Road, East 115th, or Uptown apartments) or in neighborhoods bordering campus (Little Italy, Coventry and Cleveland Heights), which are an easy commute by bicycle or on foot. You'll have access to a public transportation pass to help you commute and get around the city.

Key Resources

Housing FAQs

Am I eligible to live off campus?

Undergraduates must live in CIM housing for the first two years of collegiate studies. Due to limits on available housing in residence halls, second-year undergraduates may be released from the housing requirement. If the Cleveland area is your permanent home, you are automatically released in the second year if you elect to commute from your home address. Transfer students who have already completed two years of collegiate study are also automatically released.

Graduate students live off-campus. In rare circumstances CIM may be able to provide space in a residence hall to a graduate student. Please contact the CIM Office of Student Affairs if you would like to be considered for on-campus housing.

Will living off campus affect my financial aid?

For an undergraduate student, living off campus will change the budget used to calculate your financial aid package. If you are receiving any grant money in your package, living off campus could affect the amount you receive. Check with the Office of Financial Aid prior to requesting a release. Financial aid for graduate students living off campus should not be affected.

What should I look for in a lease?

Do you know what to look for in a lease, and the kinds of questions you need to ask a prospective landlord? Learn all you need to know about the basics, including security deposits, inspections, and overall maintenance and security. We offer a list of market prices for off-campus apartments, homes and other housing. The Center for Online Education provides a Student Guide to College Housing regarding important facts to keep in mind as you look at off-campus housing options.