Panther Central

News and Announcements

Find general news and announcements below, including information regarding housing, dining, transportation, and other resources.

ACTION REQUIRED: 2022 Spring Arrival Housing Information Panther Central

Per the Dec. 30 COVID-19 Medical Response Office (CMRO) message, there are important updates regarding spring term on-campus housing and dining.  For the health and safety of our community, we will follow a staggered move-in beginning the weekend of Jan. 8 and 9.

Students will arrive in three cohorts on Jan. 8/9, Jan. 14/15, and Jan. 21/22. Please refer to Arrival Schedule Spring 2022 for specific floor and building assigned arrival dates as well as parking information.  We recommend arriving between 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on your designated days. If you are unable to arrive on your designated date due to previously scheduled travel plans, you may arrive at an alternate date.

In addition:

  • All on-campus housing students will be required to test upon arriving to campus, regardless of vaccination status. Please order a Quest test through your Pitt Quest account today and have it delivered to your on-campus address. Tests may be returned to residence hall mail rooms in drop boxes marked specifically for Quest.
  • If you are an unvaccinated student and have received an exemption, you also must have a negative test result processed prior to your arrival on campus. Please order a second Pitt Quest test today and have it delivered to you where you are right now. Do NOT depart for campus without having received a negative test result from Quest.
    • Cohort 1: January 8/9 – Swab/Ship no later than Monday, January 3
    • Cohort 2: January 14/15 – Swab/Ship no later than Monday, January 10
    • Cohort 3: January 21/22 – Swab/Ship no later than Monday, January 17

Housing and Dining Services will operate under a shelter-in-place model until further notice. 

  • No guests will be permitted in the residence halls.
  • Most common spaces within the residence halls will be closed. 
  • Dining services will resume Saturday, Jan. 8 on a to-go basis only.  Click here for hours of operation.

If your plans have changed and you would like to cancel your spring term housing and/or meal membership, please follow these instructions to complete the withdrawal process. If you need to return to campus to pick up personal belongings, please indicate your request on your cancellation form. We will send follow-up details on move-out upon approval of your cancellation.  

Please contact us with any questions. We will respond as quickly as possible. Panther Central will reopen with our holiday schedule hours Jan. 4 – 7, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Regular 24/7 hours of operation will resume on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 7:00 a.m.

We are excited to announce that the 2022-2023 Suite and Apartment-Style Application is live! To be eligible for Suite and Apartment-Style Selection, the number of students must equal the designated suite or apartment capacity and all students must have completed a housing application by Tuesday, February 1.

The Suite and Apartment-Style Application is available now and must be completed by Monday, February 7. Click here to view instructions for completing the application.

Check out Selection Central for more details on housing and, as always, please contact us if you have any questions!

Per guidance from the COVID-19 Medical Response Office (CMRO), dining services will resume Saturday, Jan. 8 and operate as to-go only during the shelter in place (SIP) period.


What to expect at The Eatery, The Perch & Residence Inn

  • Reusables – such as Ozzie containers, personal water bottles, serviceware, or mugs – will not be allowed
  • Compostable containers, serviceware, and cups will be provided
  • Guests can take multiple to-go containers out during one visit
  • Guests are allowed one reusable bag to assist in carrying out any to-go containers
  • All menu items will be served


Dining locations will be opening on a phased approach with all locations fully opened by the end of the shelter-in-place period. 

 All aspects of Meal Memberships will be available for use, including Meal Exchange, Flex Passes, and Off-Campus Dining Dollars. For a complete listing of locations and opening dates, please visit or download the Dine On Campus mobile app.

Beginning Saturday, January 8th, the following locations will be open:

  • The Eatery
  • The Market at Towers
  • The Perch
  • The Market at Sutherland
  • Campus Coffee & Tea Co. at Towers 
  • Campus Coffee & Teas Co. at Sutherland 
  • Forbes Street Market
  • Residence Inn on Bigelow

Beginning Sunday, January 9th, the following location will be open:

  • Burrito Bowl

Beginning Monday, January 10th, the following locations will be open:

  • Pom & Honey at Cathedral of Learning  
    • Check out their new Meal Exchange Offering – Crispy Tofu
  • Saxby’s at Cathedral of Learning
  • Wicked Pie at William Pitt Union
    • Stop by and try their new limited-time offer – Hawaiian Pizza
  • Cafe Victoria 
  • Morning Grounds
  • Rxpresso 
  • Kosher Plate at Market at Towers
    • Featuring new menu offerings!

Beginning Wednesday, January 12th, the following location will be open:

  • Paper Lantern – New Location in Market at Towers!
    • Back by demand! Stop by Paper Lantern’s new location in Market at Towers! Featuring classic favorites such as Fried Rice & Pad Thai, and introducing new menu items such as Dumplings & Halal-certified proteins!

Save time and order ahead for pick-up when ready! Download the Transact Mobile App for quick and easy ordering. Learn more at

For more information regarding dining during the SIP period, please visit:


Happy New Year! We hope you’ve had a wonderful Winter Recess and are excited for you to join our Pitt community. As a reminder, students will arrive in three cohorts on Jan. 8/9, Jan. 14/15, and Jan. 21/22.  

Refer to Arrival Schedule Spring 2022 for specific floor and building assigned arrival dates as well as parking information.  We recommend arriving between 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on your designated days. If you are unable to arrive on your designated date due to previously scheduled travel plans, you may arrive at an alternate date.  

Please review the spring move-in guide for additional details to help you prepare for your return to campus. Click here to download and print your parking pass, which guarantees you one hour to unload outside your residence hall (see the guide for specific parking locations). 

Please also review our FAQ for information around COVID-19 testing and other precautions in place for the wellness of our Pitt community. 

Please contact us with any questions. 

Did you receive a new phone, tablet, or gaming console for the holidays? Make sure to register your new devices at, so that they’re ready to go when you return to campus.

Check out Pitt Information Technology’s website for a refresher on how to register your devices.

Top Tips to Keep in Mind

  • For the best experience and fastest speeds, connect to “MyResNet” whenever possible. Do not use “Eduroam,” and only use “MyResNet Legacy” if you have an older device that cannot connect to MyResNet.
  • Be sure to register all of your devices. Unregistered devices will be unable to connect to the MyResNet network at normal speeds.
  • Turn off Private Addresses on your iOS 14+, watchOS 7, and Android 10+ devices.
  • If you experience any issues, be sure to contact support right away so that they can troubleshoot and take corrective action. 
  • Guest Wi-Fi options are available for your visitors.

Help is Available Around the Clock

Contact the University's 24/7 IT Help Desk at any time for help registering your devices or connecting.

  • Call 412-624-HELP (4357)
  • Text “ResNet” to 84700
  • Chat online at

Learn more about MyResNet on the Pitt Information Technology website.

We’re ready to say goodbye to 2021 and welcome 2022! As we prepare for the new year, we encourage you to join us in on-campus housing for the 2022-2023 academic year.

If you are a guaranteed  student for the 2022-2023 academic year, you are given a Housing Lottery Number that will be used if you choose to participate in the online Housing Selection process.     

Please follow the below instructions to view your Housing Selection Index Number online:  

  1. Go to  
  2. Search Housing and Dining 
  3. Select Housing and Dining Information 
  4. In the Housing Portal, select View Here next to View Your 2022-2023 Lottery Number  

Follow the steps below to complete your 2022-2023 On-Campus Housing Application by February 1:

1. Log on to
2. Search 2022-2023
3. Select 2022-2023 Housing Applications and Information
4. In PittPay, click Make Deposit
5. Pay the $325 Deposit Fee, then click Continue
6. Under Housing Information, select Guaranteed Upper-Class Students

Check out our Housing Services website to learn more about housing options!

Information regarding Retention, Suite Bids, LLCs, and General Room Selection will come in the new year.    

To keep your housing guarantee valid for next year (2022-2023), you must submit your completed Housing Application online by February 1, 2022. Instructions were sent to your inbox yesterday. 

Please contact us with any questions!

We’re launching a new project of global proportions: the First Annual Pitt Eats Together World Record Challenge! We will attempt to set a new world record for most people cooking simultaneously online. This challenge requires the Pitt community to come together to break the current record of 776 people.   


Register by December 17 to help us break a world record! The event will be held on Tuesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. via video conferencing platform.  


We are partnering with Giant Eagle and Pitt Eats to provide meal kits, and $1 per kit will be donated. All donations will go to the Pitt Pantry to fight food insecurity on campus and in the wider community.  


Bookmark our webpagekeep an eye on your email, and follow us on social media for more news as we get closer to February 15!  


The Spring Commuter Parking Permit Sale will take place on December 7 at 10am! Permits will be sold at on a first come, first serve basis. Visit the Pitt Mobility website for additional details.

Looking to live off-campus? We're here to help! Our Office of Off-Campus Living provides students and families with the resources they need to safely and successfully live in off-campus accommodations.

Were you unable to attend our recent Zoom Info Session regarding on-campus housing for the 2022-2023 academic year? No worries! The session was recorded and is posted below for your reference.

Calling all foodies: You are now able to link your Panther Card to your Grubhub account! Enjoy tasty treats from dozens of local eateries paid with Panther Funds.

Follow the steps detailed below to link your Panther Card to your Grubhub account:

1. Download the Grubhub app

2. Create an account

3. Once in your account, go to "My Grubhub"

4. Select the Settings icon

5. Next, select "Campus Dining"

6. Enter "University of Pittsburgh"

7. Enter the 2P number on your Panther Card

8. Enter and verify your Pitt email address

9. In payment, select "Panther Card"

Are you in need of more study fuel as we approach midterms? If you have an active meal membership, you can now add more Dining Dollars* to your plan!

Click here to check your balance, then follow the steps below to purchase more Dining Dollars:

  1. Log in to Remember, do not use “www” in front of
  2. Search for Housing and Dining
  3. Choose 2021-2022 Housing and Dining Information
  4. Navigate to the Additional Dining Dollars section and click Add Dining Dollars Here

Additional Dining Dollar requests are due by Sunday, December 19, 2021. These will roll over to the spring term.

Dining Dollars are accepted at any on-campus dining location. 25% of your Dining Dollars can also be used at select Pitt Eats Local off-campus locations.  



*Students are only able to add Dining Dollars up to three times per term.  

Your Panther Card provides access to so many services on and off-campus, and we want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your options!

Depending on your meal membership, you might have Dining Dollars loaded onto your card. Whether you have a meal plan or not, you can always load and use Panther Funds!

So, what’s the difference between Dining Dollars and Panther Funds?

  • Dining Dollars are accepted at any on-campus dining location. 25% of your Dining Dollars can also be used at select Pitt Eats Local off-campus locations.
    • Click here to check your balance. We offer periodic opportunities to add more Dining Dollars to your account. Keep an eye on our website and your email for more information.
  • Panther Funds allow for greater spending flexibility. They can be used at on-campus dining or retail locations (from the laundry machines to Heinz Field) and are also accepted at off-campus locations for food and more.
    • Add Panther Funds online or via the Transact eAccounts app on your Apple or Android device. Your minimum deposit is just $1!


Follow Panther Central on social media for special Panther Funds promotions and opportunities to reload Dining Dollars throughout the year.

Winter Recess bus tickets will become available on Monday, November 29! Click here to buy your tickets. Sales will close on Wednesday, December 8, and tickets are available online only.

Click here to view the Winter Recess bus schedule and learn more about destinations served. Contact Pitt Mobility with any questions!