Campus Housing

Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrads
17,256
Tuition (in-state)
$26,280 ($16,590)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I transferred to Oakland from one of Pitt's branch campuses. They don't allow transfers to apply to live in the dorms, so I was forced to live off campus.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living on the Quad is the most convenient and close to classes, but as you get farther away from the Quad the dorms generally get nicer and larger per person.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I have not lived on campus before.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most freshman housing is not the best. Towers is crowded, Holland doesn't have air conditioning, and Forbes is old and loud. Sutherland is okay, but Nordenberg is definitely the best. Luckily, upperclassmen housing is much better. The suites in the quad are nice and spacious, and housing on upper campus feels new and clean. Many dorms also have small gyms or access to one very close by.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I would definitely recommend a campus dorm for all first year students. The close proximity to class makes starting out easy and it makes making friends simple. Activities and events to more accessible too. Although the costs of the meal plan and housing are pretty steep, the feeling of being a part of the school is worth it.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 98th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 482nd
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 1073rd
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 1203rd
    Most Spacious Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Courtney Vock
Hometown
Pittsburgh, PA
Major
Creative Non-Fiction Writing
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Every residence hall at Pitt has its own distinct perks and downfalls. When you first get to Pitt, you’ll find the majority of your class living in Towers A or B, which are all-freshman housing. Many upperclassmen see the Towers as “the most fun you’ll never want to have again.” The best thing about these dorms is that all residents are in the same boat—this makes it a great place to meet people and make friends during your first year. On the other hand, the rooms are small and pie-shaped—the Towers are actually circular high-rises. Some students say that this adds character, while others end up feeling like they’re housed in a sardine can. If all-freshman living isn’t your cup of tea, there are a few other options available for first-years. If you’re a female, Holland Hall offers a more spacious alternative and is located right next door to Towers. You will be right on the quad, close to everything. Forbes and Sutherland are universally regarded as the best dorms on campus, but they are also the farthest from everything. If you live in either of these, you’ll either learn to love walking up hills or spend a lot of time waiting for shuttles.

Overall, the residence halls are well-maintained. One of the biggest complaints is that the housing staff does not clean semi-private or private bathrooms, only communal areas. Students have also mentioned that hallways aren’t always swept, and housing tends to keep quiet about the fact that you can borrow vacuum cleaners from many of the main desks at residence halls. Every dorm is outfitted with 24-hour security service, and you must be a building resident in order to get in. This keeps Pitt housing feeling very safe, but many students agree that it also makes simple tasks, such as having friends visit, much more difficult—you have to sign everyone in and out. While you probably won’t find the height of your college experience living on campus, you can be sure that one of the halls has an environment you’ll be able to deal with during your first years.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
7,291
Average Housing Costs
$5,950
Undergrads Living On Campus
44%
Number of Dormitories
10
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
4
Best Dorms
  • Any dorm on the hill
  • Towers (for convenience)
Worst Dorms
  • Holland Hall
  • Lothrop Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Cable TV
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet access
  • Phone
  • Window coverings
Also Available
  • Extended cable
  • Specialized living areas
Available for Rent
MicroFridges
Did You Know?
The Student Union used to be an all-male residence hall. Mike Ditka lived there when he attended Pitt.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Amos Hall
Floors: 11
Number of Occupants: 153
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Mostly upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles and doubles with common living areas
Special Features: Recently renovated, Amos Hall is made up of sorority suites, laundry facilities in penthouse, kitchens and chapter rooms in all suites, 24-hour fitness center on ground floor
Brackenridge Hall
Floors: 11
Number of Occupants: 206
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly upperclassmen
Room Types: 4- and 5-person suites, several singles and doubles
Special Features: Laundry facilities in penthouse, MicroFridges in almost every room
Bruce Hall
Floors: 11
Number of Occupants: 196
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly upperclassmen
Room Types: 4-, 5-, 6-, and 8-person suites
Special Features: International living units available, laundry facilities on every floor, kitchenette and fridge in each suite, 7-11 located on street level of same building
Forbes Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 232
Bathrooms: Some communal, some shared by doubles, all communal showers
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Home of Honors College Living Learning Community, the hall is air conditioned, has study rooms, two kitchenettes, and laundry facilities on every floor, a large recreation and study area, free pool and Ping-Pong, patio, and select triples have balconies
Holland Hall
Number of Occupants: 600
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Kitchenette on each floor, 24-hour quiet floors available, lounge, study area, laundry facilities in penthouse
Litchfield Towers
Floors: Tower A - 19, Tower B - 22, Tower C - 16
Number of Occupants: Tower A - 660, Tower B - 765, Tower C - 435
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air conditioned, 24-hour quiet floors available, 24-hour fitness center; Towers A and B are all-freshman housing
Lothrop Hall
Floors: 14
Number of Occupants: 698
Bathrooms: Communal, a few semi-private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, a few doubles and quads
Special Features: 24-hour quiet floors available, sinks in most rooms, study lounges, 24-hour fitness center
McCormick Hall
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 167
Bathrooms: Private and semi-private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly upperclassmen
Room Types: 2-, 3-, 6-, and 7-person suites
Special Features: Lounge and recreation area on first floor, laundry facilities in penthouse. Each room has a kitchenette with fridge, and one or more private baths
Panther Hall
Floors: 10
Bathrooms: Private
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, 3- and 5-person suites
Special Features: Air conditioned, five Living Learning Communities, lounge, study areas, laundry on every floor, fitness center, fridge and microwave in each room, coffee cart, and mail center
Pennsylvania Hall
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 420
Bathrooms: Private, or shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles and 4-person suites
Special Features: Lounge and study room on each floor, air-conditioned rooms, laundry facilities on each floor, fitness center on ground floor, coffee cart, and home to three Living Learning Communities
Sutherland Hall
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 768
Bathrooms: Communal and semi-private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples, 5-, 6-, and 8-person suites
Special Features: Air conditioned, adjacent to athletic facilities, TV and study lounge on every floor, cafeteria, convenience store, computer center, mail room, laundry facilities on ground floor, and home to four Living Learning Communities

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Bouquet Gardens (8 buildings)
Number of Units: 124
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Room Types: All apartments include four bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, and dining area
Special Features: Air conditioned, full kitchen
Location: South Bouquet St.
Centre Plaza Apartments
Number of Units: 67
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Room Types: 1-, 2-, and 3-person apartments
Special Features: All apartments feature full kitchens, dinettes, a common area, and air conditioning
Location: 5032 Centre Ave.
Forbes-Craig Apartments
Number of Units: 39
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: All apartments (single or double bedrooms) feature a kitchen and common area. The apartments have laundry facilities, a pool table, and limited student parking is available
Location: 4351 Forbes Ave.
Oakwood Apartments
Number of Units: 18
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Limited student parking is available
Location: 234/236 Oakland Ave.
Ruskin Hall
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Efficiencies, singles, double, triples
Special Features: Air conditioned, private baths, kitchen, furnished, stove, microwave, dishwasher.

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