Housing more than 7,900 undergraduate students on an urban campus is a challenge. Nevertheless, we're committed to making on-campus living as safe, comfortable, and convenient as possible.
Basic cable television is in each room/suite in residence halls and each bedroom/living room in apartment-style accommodations. 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, read our Comcast technical support guide. If you live in a Residence Hall or Bouquet Gardens, you can submit an online maintenance request.
Coaxial cables for televisions are available at Panther Central upon request. If needed, The University Store on Fifth has female-to-female adaptors available for purchase.
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 the suites. Residents of apartment-style accommodations are responsible for cleaning their own apartments.
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 $1.25 per load of laundry. Students living in Centre Plaza Apartments will have access to coin-operated machines and will also pay $1.25 per load. Check laundry room availability from your computer or mobile device.
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 the CSC ServiceWorks six character Machine ID; click Submit.
- If you do not have the Machine ID, choose the If you do not have the Machine ID link. (The link is located in the lower left screen.)
- Choose Community Laundry Room.
- Enter University of Pittsburgh for Campus Name, PA for State, and 15260 for Zip Code
- Select University of Pittsburgh #1 as location
- Select the desired laundry room location from the list
- 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
- 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.
MyResNet is the free high-speed Wi-Fi network in residence halls. It accommodates up to ten devices per student, streams music and video, and allows online gaming. Around-the-clock support is available through the University's 24/7 IT Help Desk at 412-624-HELP (4357). A separate network, PittNet Wi-Fi, provides fast, secure access in academic and administrative buildings, University shuttles, and outdoor hotspots around campus. More information is available on the Information Technology website.
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 and Waste Removal
Residents should only recycle empty, clean, and dry items accepted in University recycling in their designated Recycling & Landfill room recycling bin. Landfill waste should be bagged and disposed of in the designated Landfill bin. Residents are responsible for disposing their recycling and landfill waste on a timely basis in the designated receptacles provided by the University. Apartment-style residents must provide their own recycling and trash cans for individual bedrooms, however recycling and trash bins are provided in kitchen areas. More information on recycling and waste, including what is accepted in University recycling, can be found on the Pitt Sustainability Zero Waste page.
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. These amenities include recreational facilities, computer centers, coffee carts, and dining facilities. Additionally, daily delivery of the Post-Gazette, USA Today and The Pitt News is available 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.