Housing Options

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.

Residence Halls

Most resident students choose to live in one of the residence halls on campus. The University provides every resident with the fundamental amenities of contemporary student life: furniture, cable TV, and online network access. Additional features include e-mail kiosks, study and recreation lounges, fitness centers, dining options*, coffee carts, free shuttle bus service, laundry facilities, mail centers, and Living Learning Communities.

Each residence hall has a security desk staffed around the clock to ensure that only students living in that particular residence hall have card access to that building. Visit Services Amenities for a complete description of residence hall amenities and services.

A resident director is on staff in each residence hall to assist students with educational, recreational, and disciplinary issues. Upperclass resident assistants also live on most floors in the residence halls.

* Students living in the residence halls must purchase a meal plan for both the fall and spring terms.

Apartment-style living

Upperclass students can choose apartment-style accommodations, which offer a more independent living environment with modified services and amenities. Apartment-style accommodations include a kitchen, and dining and living areas, and accommodates one to four students. The University furnishes each apartment and provides telephone, cable TV, online network access and all other utilities.

A resident director is on staff in each residence hall to assist students with educational, recreational, and disciplinary issues.

Apartment-style living residents may purchase a mealplan, though they are not required to do so.

Primary Freshmen Housing Options

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. They are assigned primarily to the following Residence Halls:

*designated floors are home to first year students while others are home to upperclassmen.

Upperclass Housing Options

Guaranteed Students:
Undergraduate students admitted with a housing guarantee are provided the opportunity to live in designated on-campus residence halls that offer the camaraderie of the collegiate experience, or apartment-style accommodations which provide a more independent lifestyle. Refer to the selection process for information on how upperclass housing assignments are made.

Non-Guaranteed Students:
Upperclass undergraduate students admitted without a housing guarantee may apply for on-campus housing; however, accommodations are provided as available. In addition, you may consider off-campus housing. For more information on this option, please visit Off-Campus Living.

Graduate Student Housing Options

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.

Gender Inclusive Housing

Gender Inclusive Housing is available for upper-class students who wish to live together regardless of gender, sex, gender identity, or expression. Gender Inclusive Housing is available for upper-class students in Ruskin Hall. Students will apply through the normal housing selection process and indicate Gender Inclusive Housing on their suite and apartment-style application. More information about upper-class selection can be found here.

Gender Inclusive Housing is also available to first-year students by contacting Panther Central directly upon admission to the University.

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.

Learn more about LLCs here.

Off-Campus Living

Off-Campus Living provides students with the necessary information and tools to successfully reside in off-campus accommodations, including a Renters' Guide, apartment listings, roommate and subletting service, as well as other useful tips and contact information to assist you in your role as tenant.

Learn more about Off-Campus Living, call 412-624-6998, or stop in our offices at 127 North Bellefield Avenue where our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

University-owned apartments

Although owned and maintained by the University, University-owned apartments are not regarded as on-campus housing. They consist of several hundred unfurnished, affordable, and well-maintained apartments that are available to undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty. They range from efficiencies to three-bedroom units.

Undergraduate students living in University-owned apartments may purchase a meal plan, though they are not required to do so.


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