Housing more than 6,800 undergraduate students on an urban campus is a challenge, but we’re committed to making on-campus living as safe, comfortable, and convenient as possible.
Basic cable television is provided in each room or suite in every residence hall and each bedroom and/or living room in every apartment-style accommodation.
There are ten fitness centers located across campus for students' use. Seven of these facilities are located within the residence halls and you may access them according to the residence hall in which you reside:
- Amos Fitness Center (residents of Amos, Brackenridge, Bruce and Holland Halls)
A Fitness Center
(residents of Litchfield Towers)
- Lothrop Fitness Center (residents of Lothrop and Forbes Halls)
- Panther Hall (residents of Panther Hall)
- Pennsylvania Fitness Center (residents of Pennsylvania Hall)
- Sutherland East Fitness Center (residents of Sutherland Hall—East wing)
- Sutherland West Fitness Center (residents of Sutherland Hall—West wing)
Other fitness centers are located in nonresidence buildings and are available to all students.
A valid Panther Card is required for access to all fitness centers.
The University provides each resident student with a twin-sized bed with a mattress, desk, chair, dresser, wardrobe or closet. Rooms also have a telephone and window curtains or blinds. Desk lamps and bed linens are not provided by the University.
For your convenience, download the Move-In Checklist (PDF) of items to bring when you move into University housing.
Our housekeeping staff cleans communal bathrooms, lounges, hallways, and stairwells. You are responsible for cleaning your own room and the bathrooms in suites. Residents of apartment-style accommodations are responsible for cleaning their own apartments.
Residents should place trash in a container lined with a plastic bag within the accommodation. Residents are responsible for disposing of their trash bags on a timely basis in the designated receptacles provided by the University. Apartment style residents must provide their own trash can.
All University housing buildings have washers and dryers that operate with Panther Funds stored on your Panther Card; there are a few building that also accept coins. Students using Panther Funds will be charged $1.00 per load of laundry, whereas students using cash will be charged $1.25 per load.
The Litchfield Towers Laundry Room is connected to an online system that allows students to monitor the status of washers and dryers via computer or wherever they have access to a browser or email messages. Learn more about LaundryView.
Malfunctioning washers and dryers should be reported immediately to Mac-Gray Intelligent Laundry Systems via their online customer service request. If your problem is related to the Panther Funds reader, report it to Panther Central in Litchfield Towers lobby. You can also call 412-648-1100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Lost and Found
Check for lost articles in these four locations:
- Panther Central (IDs only)
- Cathedral of Learning—Room G-58
- Hillman Library—ground floor lending desk
- University of Pittsburgh Public Safety Building, 3412 Forbes Avenue (University Police)
Your individual campus mailbox corresponds to your room and bed number. You receive the mailbox combination when you arrive on campus. The University operates resident student mail centers, which are conveniently located within the residence halls. Residents of apartment-style accommodations receive their mail through the U.S. Postal Service. A complete description and instructions on mailing is available at student mail or the Residential Handbook (PDF).
To ensure that you receive your mail promptly, all mail sent to you should be addressed according to the instructions on address and zip code guidelines.
Maintenance and Emergency Repairs
For normal maintenance and repairs and/or special housekeeping needs, residence hall residents must submit an online maintenance request. For emergency repairs, a Housing staff member on duty can be contacted by calling Panther Central.
Apartment-style residents who require routine maintenance or moving of furniture must submit an online maintenance request and your requests will be addressed by University employees or contractors during normal business hours. For emergency maintenance issues, apartment-style residents must call Property Management at 412-624-9900.
Students in the residence halls may rent combination refrigerator/freezer and microwave units specially designed for residence hall use. For rental information or service visit The Melvin Group or call 800-525-7307.
Each residence hall room and apartment-style bedroom is equipped with an Ethernet connection that links you directly to the University network and the Internet. Network configuration, assistance, and support is available through the Residential Networking (ResNet) Program by calling the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-4357 (HELP).
On-campus parking is available to full-time resident students. Due to the limited number of available spaces, permits are distributed by lottery. Parking must be paid in advance for the same academic term as the housing contract.
Residence halls recycle cans, glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, batteries, and toner cartridges. Apartment-style accommodations recycle glass, cans, and plastic.
For more information concerning recycling procedures in University housing accommodations, see the Residential Handbook or click here.
Each residence hall room and each bedroom in Bouquet Gardens and Centre Plaza apartment-style accommodations is equipped with a touch-tone phone that features unlimited local calling, and unlimited on-campus calling at no cost to residents. The telephone line in Forbes-Craig and Oakwood apartment-style accommodations is in the living area.
The University’s bus and shuttle system serves each residence hall seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Our SafeRider services provide on-request drop-offs and on-call van transportation in the evening and early morning.
Residence Life Amenities
Resident Directors, Assistant Hall Directors, Resident Assistants, and Program Coordinators:
All residence halls are staffed with resident directors (RDs), resident assistants (RAs) and program coordinators (PCs). Sutherland Hall also has an assistant hall director (ADH) on staff.
RDs are full-time professional staff employees who work with students and staff to provide leadership for the building. One RD is on staff in each residence hall. AHDs are graduate students who work closely with the RDs. There is one RA per residence hall floor or wing. RAs are upperclass students who have been trained to assist students with personal, social, academic, and environmental concerns. PCs provide leadership to students and RAs in the areas of community development and educational programming. There is one PC per residence hall.
The staff of Residence Life provides information and programs that support the academic goals and contribute to the personal growth and development of residence hall students while you are at the University. The Residence Life office is in Bruce Hall.
Resident Student Association
The Resident Student Association (RSA) is the governing body of students who live in the residence halls. The RSA provides input to the University on any an all aspects of on-campus life.
Within several residence halls, certain floors are designated as Special Living Communities. These are for students who wish to live with others who share a special academic or personal interest. The following communities are available:
- Civic Engagement and Community Service Living Learning Community
- College of Business Administration Living Learning Community (designated for first-year students)
- Engineering Living Learning Community
- Entrepreneurial Living Learning Community
- French Language and Culture Living Learning Community
- Global Village Living Learning Community (designated for first-year students)
- Health Sciences Living Learning Community (both a first-year and an upperclass community)
- Italian Language and Culture Living Learning Community
- Leadership Living Learning Community
- Multicultural Affairs Living Learning Community
- Natural Science Researchers Living Learning Community (designated for sophomore students)
- Nursing Living Learning Community
- Pre-Law Living Learning Community
- Quiet Living Communities
- Social Science Research Living Learning Community
- University Honors College Living Learning Community
- Upper-Class Engineering Living Learning Community
For more information, visit Residence Life on the Web.