Off-Campus Housing

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

Off-Campus Housing: its fine could be better

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus about 5 minutes from the university and I love it. It's so easy to get to school and its nice to have my own space.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most people move off-campus as early as sophomore year despite Pitt's 3-year housing guarantee.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Since I am a freshman, I don't know too much about the off-campus process of applying for housing. From what I have seen/understand, Panther Central, the school's information services, has a list of places of campus to apply for. The proximity to campus is almost going to be about a fifteen minute walk from where ever you live. If you live in North Oakland, you can take a bus to campus, but south Oakland you must walk. Both have police patrolling them during the week and on the weekends, but the sidewalks in the winter in South Oakland are extremely dangerous since it is the responsibility of the tenants to take care of it. Also, you can live in apartment or house of some sort that can be nice or not, depending upon your choice.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is certainly convenient, but the more convenient the less quality

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  • 26th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Courtney Vock
Hometown
Pittsburgh, PA
Major
Creative Non-Fiction Writing
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The key to finding a great place off campus is to scour the area as much as possible. There are so many options that it is likely you’ll be able to find the perfect place. At the same time, it's also not difficult to find places that are way too expensive or have slumlord property managers. When moving off-campus, Pitt students primarily move to North and South Oakland. Students joke about South Oakland being "the dirty South" because it's a little more run-down than the rest of Oakland, and it's louder and less safe. But the houses and apartments there tend to be more affordable and closer to campus, and therefore more attractive to the college crowd. North Oakland has nicer places in a better area, but you're not always getting what you pay for. As you move farther away from campus, options increase and prices vary. Shadyside, near North Oakland, is considered the best area to live and rent prices reflect this with rates sometimes doubling those in South Oakland. Squirrel Hill can be the best of both worlds, with nice apartments and reasonable rent, but it is a bit far either being about a half hour walk or a ten-minute bus ride.

The best advice is to start looking early. If you haven't found a place by March, good luck. The best places, especially in South Oakland, get snatched up quickly. Your options are also going to increase by a lot if you have roommates. Some of the best areas are mainly house rentals, which are entirely affordable if you have three or four other people that you can share the rent. For better apartments, even having one or two roommates will lower your rent significantly. Read everything before you sign any leases and, most importantly, get to know the area where you're looking to rent. Pittsburgh neighborhoods have a lot to offer, but it's best to know what you're getting into ahead of time.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
55%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$9,870
Best Time to Look for a Place
Early spring semester
Popular Areas
  • Bloomfield
  • North Oakland
  • Shadyside
  • South Oakland
  • Squirrel Hill
Average Rents
  • Studio: $350
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $700
  • 4BR: $1,600

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 137 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 137 responses

  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 3% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 68% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 28% 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 137 responses

  • 31% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 15% Extremely helpful.
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