Off-Campus Housing

Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrads
6,178
Tuition
$43,160
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options in the area, including many styles of apartments.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm a freshman and never lived off campus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is great and reasonable for campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of off campus options available. From apartments to houses, the surrounding neighborhoods of Oakland and Shadyside provide affordable living space, safety, proximity to campus, shopping and nightlife, and plenty of other college students around.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is a great option especially because it costs much less.

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  • 72nd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Raina Bradford-Jennings
Hometown
Brookfield, CT
Major
Professional Writing
Grad Year
2014
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There’s a large selection of houses and apartments to choose from in the nearby area. Most students love their off-campus residences, but the relationship between students and their houses is not without its pains. Having your own place is a great thing for a student, and dealing with things like paying bills, getting enough heat, trekking to campus, and even being wary of suspicious housemates is not enough to dampen the experience of having your own place. Students can find themselves spread out in Oakland, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill, but most students renting houses end up living on nearby Beeler Street. The street itself is like a small community of CMU students living off campus. On the weekends, there’s usually at least one party somewhere close by.

Finding off-campus space isn’t much of a problem. The housing department makes it trouble-free to find and secure a location and provides students with information packets and many private listings only available to the CMU community. Unfortunately, you’ll probably have to do at least 10 minutes of walking to get to campus. This isn’t so bad, though, especially considering the impressive condition of many of the houses and apartments. If you can find an off-campus place that is well-maintained and set up so that you don’t have to pay for utilities (Pittsburgh has freezing winters), the move from campus to a nearby apartment or house is definitely worth it. If you can find a bunch of friends to live with and drive down the rent, think about moving off campus by at least your junior year. Be careful, though! Students warn that campus housing can be a disaster if you don’t check out the place before you choose to rent it.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
36%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
1%
Best Time to Look for a Place
In order to find a nice place that isn't too far away, students typically start looking for an off-campus place in March or April of the previous school year. Basically, to start searching for a place five months before is definitely not uncommon.
Popular Areas
  • Beeler Street
  • Oakland
  • Shadyside
  • Squirrel Hill
  • Wilkins Avenue
Average Rents
  • Studio: $700
  • 1 BR: $735
  • 2 BR: $1,000
  • 3 BR: $1,350
  • 4 BR: $2,000
Did You Know?
  • Once you live off campus, you are no longer allowed to live in campus housing, unless you apply for the housing wait list. However, it doesn't guarantee anything and doesn't notify students if they receive housing until late July and August.
  • Greek housing is considered off-campus housing. Students in Greek housing aren't allowed to move back into campus housing automatically, yet they are still subject to the same rules of campus housing.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 49 responses

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  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 57 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 7% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 53% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 39% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 57 responses

  • 40% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 9% Extremely helpful.
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