Amenities

Housing more than 7,900 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.

Cable TV

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. High Definition Comcast television service  is also provided throughout campus. Review the following FAQ for more information.

University Cable Channel Lineup

Fitness Centers

There are 12 fitness centers located across campus for students' use. Nine of these facilities are located within the residence halls and you may access them according to the residence hall in which you reside:

 

Residence Hall Buildings
(available to students living in specific residence hall)
Nonresidence Hall Buildings
(available to all students)
Brackenridge Fitness Center
(residents of Amos, Brackenridge, Bruce, McCormick and Holland Halls)
Baierl Recreational Center
Bouquet Gardens Building J
(residents of all Bouquet Gardens Buildings)
Bellefield Hall
Tower A Fitness Center
(residents of Litchfield Towers)
Trees Hall
Lothrop Fitness Center
(residents of Lothrop and Forbes Halls)
 
Nordenberg Hall (Residents of Nordenberg Hall)  
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)
 
A valid Panther Card is required for access to all fitness centers.

Furnishings

The University provides each resident student with a twin-sized bed with a mattress, desk, chair, dresser, wardrobe or closet.  Rooms also have window curtains or blinds.  Desk lamps, bedroom trash cans and bed linens are not provided by the University.

For your convenience, review the Residential Handbook to learn about items you should remember to bring when you move into University housing.

Housekeeping

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 for individual bedrooms and apartments.

*Communal bathrooms are defined as bathrooms accessible by the entire floor, not bathrooms shared by multiple students within a suite.

Laundry

All University housing buildings have washers and dryers that operate with Panther Funds stored on your Panther Card. Students using Panther Funds will be charged $1 per load of laundry. Students living in Fraternity 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 will have access to coin operated machines and will pay $1.25 per load.

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 pc@pc.pitt.edu

View Your Laundry Room Availability From Your Computer!

LaundryView allows students to see a live 3-D model of the laundry room right from their computer! Laundryview is now available for the following buildings: Brackenridge, Holland, Lothrop, McCormick, Sutherland East, Sutherland West, Towers Lobby.

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 pc@pc.pitt.edu

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)

Mail

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 non-emergency 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 repairs at Centre Plaza, Forbes-Craig, Oakwood, as well as all University owned Graduate Housing, please call Property Management at 412-624-9900. For all other emergency repairs, please call Panther Central at 412-648-1100.

MicroFridge

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.

Network Connections

The University’s Residential Networking (ResNet) program is managed by Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD). Residence hall rooms include a direct Internet connection via PittNet, the University’s network. Rooms feature both wired and wireless connectivity. Students are encouraged to use their wired connection for network-intensive applications, such as gaming and video streaming. For configuration assistance and support, call the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP (4357) to schedule an appointment with a residential consultant.

Parking

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.

Recycling

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.

Telephone

Most residence halls feature wall telephones located in the hallways. These phones offer free on-campus calling and free off-campus calling to 412, 724, and 878 area codes (Pittsburgh campus). There is no charge for incoming calls made to the wall phones (except collect or third-party billed to the University). For the University operator, dial 0. For the University police department, dial 4-2121 (from your cell phone, you may dial 412-624-2121 for Pitt Police).

Transportation

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.

Other Amenities

Several of our residence halls offer a variety of other convenient amenities, including recreational facilities, computer centers, e-mail kiosks, coffee carts, and dining facilities and daily delivery of the Post-gazette, USA today and The Pitt News in select residence hall common areas.

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, Tower A and Tower B also has an assistant hall director (AHD) 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.

Residence Life

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 on the ninth floor of the William Pitt Union.

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 and all aspects of on-campus life.

Living Learning Communities

Throughout campus, you will find entire residence halls and several floors within residence halls, designated as Living Learning Communities. These communities allow students who share a special academic or personal interest to live and learn together. Details about our upperclassmen and freshmen LLCs can be found on the Residence Life website.

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Publications and Forms

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For quick access to important Housing and Dining documents as well as frequently used forms, please visit the publications page!

 

Questions, Suggestions and Feedback

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