Off-Campus Housing

Pittsburgh, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$26,280 ($16,590)
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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Finding off-campus housing can be stressful, because the best apartments get taken quickly. In most places throughout South and North Oakland, higher quality = higher price.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of off campus apartments and housing for students to live. There are so many choices and so many different areas you can live that are close to the university.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Typical college off campus housing, kinda dumpy

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There's plenty of off-campus housing, but it all is pretty low quality and looks unsafe. If you have a car, living farther away (outside of Oakland--in Shadyside or Friendship) is a better option if you don't mind dealing with parking. But many students live off-campus in Oakland off Forbes, and it isn't hard to find.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Being in an urban environment with lots of students moving in and out often, the off-campus housing is alright. Most people that live off-campus live in houses in South Oakland that can be pretty run down. However, even though they aren't the cleanest, they get the job done and provide a place to live at a fairly affordable cost (much less than on-campus housing options.) Most are in close proximity to campus, but some options can be a 15-20 walk from classes. Parking is difficult but unnecessary.


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  • 26th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Courtney Vock
Pittsburgh, PA
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
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
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 149 responses

Very poor
  • 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 148 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.
  • 29% 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 148 responses

  • 31% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 55% Somewhat helpful.
  • 14% Extremely helpful.
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