Housing Process

The University offers on-campus housing options that range from the rich diversity of our residence halls to the more self-reliant environment of apartment-style accommodations. An overview of each housing option can be found on the housing map.

First-Year Students

Prospective freshmen who are admitted for the fall term through Admissions and Financial Aid and pay their $300 enrollment fee by May 1st and their $325 housing deposit by the deadline printed on their housing contract are guaranteed on-campus housing. Learn more about the housing process for first-year students.

Upperclass Students

Upperclass students are admitted with or without a housing guarantee. Learn more about the housing process for upperclass students.

Gender Inclusive Housing

The University of Pittsburgh and Panther Central value every member of the Pitt community and strive to fully include all students in on-campus housing. Gender Inclusive Housing gives students the option to live on campus with whomever they choose regardless of gender, sex, gender identity, or expression. Gender Inclusive Housing options are available in select buildings for both first-year and upper-class students, in accordance with the University’s housing assignment process.

Housing and Dining Accommodations

Students who would like to request a disability-related housing and/or dining accommodation must first complete the standard housing application. After filling out the application, students can fill out the appropriate accommodation verification forms located on the Student Affairs website. 

Summer Housing

If you plan to hit the books this summer, you can apply to live in Tower C! Log into my.pitt.edu, visit Panther Central's page under "My Resources," select "2019-2020 Housing Applications and Information," and click on "2019 Summer Housing Application" in askCathy. No deposit is required, but you will need to sign up for a meal plan as an on-campus summer student.

Summer housing rates vary depending on the length of your stay:

  • Four-week session - $933.24
  • Six-week session - $1,399.86
  • Twelve-week session - $2,799.72
  • Traditional full summer term - $3,266.34


The Tower C nightly rate is $33.33. You will be charged for each additional day of your stay beyond your selected package.

Graduate Student Housing

Graduate students are not eligible for on-campus housing. Please visit Off-Campus Living to find out what options are available to meet your needs.

Sorority and Fraternity Housing

Any Fraternity or Sorority member wishing to live with their respective chapter must complete the housing and dining contract and application by the specified date provided by Panther Central. The chapter president will work with Panther Central regarding placement of their chapter. Panther Central will determine who is eligible for housing based on the student's contract and application status.

Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are specialized living environments that connect students inside- and outside-the-classroom experiences. Each LLC is unique, but all are centered on a distinctive theme or academic interest area. Students who choose to live in an LLC have a direct connection to their classroom experience, access to intentional events and programs, and dedicated staff members who work to make the community a success.

Off-Campus, University-Owned Apartments

The University owns several hundred apartments that are available to undergraduate and graduate students. University-owned apartments are unfurnished and range from efficiencies to three-bedroom units. These units are not considered on-campus housing and are administered via a lease, security deposit, and monthly payments.

To learn more about Off-Campus Living, call 412-624-6998, email ocl@bc.pitt.edu, or stop in our offices at 3959 Fifth Avenue where our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.