Pittsburgh has been ranked among America's most livable cities, and the affordable housing prices are a major contributor to this distinction. A two-bedroom apartment, usually with utilities included, will run about $850 per month, on average. Although some of the housing is outdated, the prices in Pittsburgh are very affordable. Chatham is located in the center of three neighborhoods—Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, and Oakland—that all have large college student populations, which also makes housing readily available. In order to get the best deal and the nicest apartment or townhouse, students might want to start looking for housing early, but, overall, housing in the area is plentiful.
Off-campus housing is fairly convenient. For students who live in Oakland, the Chatham University Green Machine shuttle can be used for transportation to campus. And since it passes through Oakland about every 15 minutes, this is a convenient option. Students who choose to live in Squirrel Hill or Shadyside, for the most part, will be close enough to campus to walk. Most students choose to live on campus their first three years at Chatham because of either convenience or parking issues, but many seniors and some underclassmen do choose to move to off-campus housing, and most don't regret the decision.