Access to Services

Your Panther Card gives you access to a wide range of University facilities and services.

Residence Halls

Only current residents have card access to the residence hall where they live. Each time you enter, the desk attendant scans your card, checks your photo, and returns your card to you.

Refer to the Housing Policies or the Residential Handbook (PDF) for information on guests and visitors.

Laundry Facilities

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 $1.00 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.

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

Meal Plans

Present your Panther Card at any campus dining location to access your Meal Plan. You may also access your Dining Dollars Usage Report at the Panther Central Community via Click here for instructions.

Libraries and Computer Labs

Your Panther Card is also your library card. Present your card at any University library to borrow books and other materials. Use your card to access any of the computer labs on campus.

Fitness Centers

Swipe your card to shape up in the fitness centers in your residence hall, the Petersen Events Center, Trees Hall, or Bellefield Hall, Fitzgerald Field House or Cost Center.

University Buses & Shuttles

Show your Panther Card for free, convenient transportation around Oakland on University buses and shuttles and  fare-free transportation through the Port Authority.

Health Service

Injured? Under the weather? Your Panther Card will get you some TLC at Student Health Service in Mark A. Nordenberg Hall, 111 University Place, 2nd Floor. Schedule an appointment at 412-383-1800. Open convenient hours to best accommodate your needs: 8:30am-7:00pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 8:30am-5:00pm Wednesday and Friday; 10:00am-3:00pm Saturday.


Link your Panther Card to your Pitt Student Plan from PNC Bank and use it as an ATM card—get cash, make purchases—anywhere STAR or Plus are accepted. Visit for details.

Community Merchants

Panther Central opens doors around town, too!

Cultural Attractions

The PITT ARTS program lets you use your Panther Card for free admission to some of Pittsburgh's most popular museums, including the Carnegie, the Warhol, Phipps Conservatory, and the Mattress Factory.

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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 & Feedback

Have a question, comment or suggestion? Please drop us a line and let us know how we can help you. We'd especially love to know if you have comments or suggestions about how we can improve our services for you.


Meet your Housing and Panther Central Team

Get to know your Housing and PC Team. Our entire team is full time staff and many of us are Pitt graduates.

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