Students who will be enrolled in programs held at the University of Pittsburgh are responsible for organizing their own housing. Students typically select to:
- live in a University of Pittsburgh dormitory,
- locate a summer sublet in Pittsburgh, or
- commute from home if you live nearby.
University of Pittsburgh dormitories
- Pennsylvania Hall: To reserve a room here, please fill out this form.
- Tower C: To reserve a room here, you’ll first need to register for your classes.
Locating a summer rental in Pittsburgh
Neighborhoods close to the University include North Oakland, South Oakland, Bloomfield, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Greenfield, and Friendship. Highland Park, Morningside, Regent Square, and Lawrenceville are also good options, but slightly further away. Remember: city buses are free with your Pitt Student ID!
Commuting from home is a great option for those who live nearby. Please remember: classes begin at 9am and run until 3pm. You will need substantial time in the late afternoon to do homework and study, so please try to avoid spending hours commuting!
1. What’s cheaper: the dorms or a summer sublet apartment?
Definitely the summer sublet apartment, which is the most popular option among SLI students. The dormitories offer the convenience of furniture, no need to haggle with landlords, and the guarantee of everything working, but that comes with a price.
2. What are the pros and cons of living in Pennsylvania Hall?
Pennsylvania Hall is quite nice. It is quiet and has a private bathroom in your room. At least in years past, students who signed up for a double (and paid for a double) actually ended up with a single. We can’t promise that’ll happen again, but there’s the chance. The only con is that it’s a slightly longer walk to classes than the Tower C dormitory. A double in Pennsylvania Hall costs approximately $30/night (check the form for updated prices).
3. What are the pros and cons of living in Tower C?
It’s extremely convenient--not even a 5 minute walk to classes and located right on Forbes Ave., where there are tons of restaurants and shops. The cons are that sometimes it can be noisy because it’s used by a wide range of summer programs and camps. There are typical shared bathrooms in the hallways, which are gender specific by floor. A single room costs approximately $33/night (check the form for updated prices).
4. If I found a place online, but don’t know whether the neighborhood is safe. What should I do?
Give us a call! We’re happy to let you know whether we think you’ll be in a good spot. We want to be sure you’ll be in a safe, well-located spot so you can focus on your studies!