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.
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. Pitt is teaming up with Comcast to provide students living on campus access to XFINITY on Campus. Through XFINITY on Campus, residents may access On Demand and live TV networks. Residents can access this service via laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Find out how to watch XFINITY on different devices on campus. If you need technical support, contact the Technology Help Desk online or at 412-624-HELP (4357), or read our Comcast technical support guide. If you live in a Residence Hall or Bouquet Gardens, you can submit an online maintenance request.
The University provides each resident student with an extra-long twin-sized bed with a mattress, desk, chair, dresser, wardrobe or closet. Rooms also have window curtains or blinds. Trash and recycling bins are provided in the bedrooms of University residence halls. Review the Residential Handbook to learn about items you should remember 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.
Trash Pick Up
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 cans for individual bedrooms, however trashcans are provided in kitchen areas.
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 Centre Plaza Apartments will have access to coin operated machines and will also pay $1 per load. Check laundry room availability from your computer.
If you experience any issues, you can submit a laundry machine maintenance request online.
To submit a laundry maintenance request:
- Navigate to the service request form using the link above.
- Enter University of Pittsburgh for School Name, Pennsylvania for State, and 15260 for Zip Code.
- Choose Find My Location.
- Choose Select on the right side of the table.
- Choose the machine you wish to report from the list, and click Select.
- Follow the instructions for submitting a report.
Lost and Found
Check for lost articles in these four locations:
- Panther Central
- 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.
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 MicroFridge or call 1-800-525-7307.
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, contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP (4357) to schedule an appointment with a residential consultant.
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. Additional information concerning recycling procedures in University housing accommodations, see the Residential Handbook.
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).
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.
Several of our residence halls offer a variety of other convenient amenities, including recreational facilities, computer centers, 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
All residence halls and apartment style accommodations are staffed with resident directors (RDs) and resident assistants (RAs). Sutherland Hall, Tower A and Tower B also has an assistant hall director (AHD) on staff. Find information on residence life amenities.