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. This guarantee is good for three years provided that all housing application and deposit deadlines in each subsequent year are met. The Housing and Dining Services Contract is for both fall and spring terms.
Panther Central assigns all first-year students to on-campus housing in residence hall style accommodations. Housing is not on a first come first served basis. Regardless of when your application was completed, we run a mass allocation in mid-June. All students who have met their individual housing deadlines and are completed at that point will be assigned via our mass allocation and have a fair shot at obtaining their preferences. Our system randomly selects students and assigns them according to preferences, as available. However, we are occasionally unable to accommodate preferences simply based on what is available when a student's name is selected.
Due to the University's rolling admission, Panther Central will continue to assign in smaller allocations throughout the summer. However, the majority of assignments are completed during the initial allocation.
Gender Neutral housing is available to First-Year students by contacting Panther Central directly upon admission to the University.
Nonguaranteed First Year Students
Nonguaranteed first-year students who wish to live in University housing will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which their housing contract and deposit are received. Waiting list students are not guaranteed on-campus accommodations. Notification of possible on-campus housing does not usually occur before late June.
Full-time students who have lived on campus during their first year with a housing guarantee are guaranteed housing for their second and third years if they continue to satisfy all housing application and deadline requirements in each successive year.
If a student misses any housing deadline or requirement in any year, the housing guarantee is automatically revoked. Once the guarantee is revoked, it cannot be reinstated for any reason.
Upperclass Selection Process
Most students entering the University of Pittsburgh are guaranteed on-campus housing for their first three years, provided they meet housing application and deposit deadlines each year. On-campus housing consists of residence hall, apartment-style and fraternity accommodations.
Each spring eligible students living on campus have the opportunity to select their accommodations for the following academic year through an online lottery.
Suite and Apartment-Style Selection Process
Multi-room, multi-person, and single-unit suites are available in several residence halls. Multi-room, multi-person, and single-unit apartments are available in apartment-style accommodations. Gender Neutral, Multi-room, muti-person and single-unit apartments are available in Ruskin Hall. Groups of suitemates and apartment-mates (eligible juniors-to-be and sophomores-to-be) bid on desired suites and apartment-style accommodations using a point system based upon academic class and years of residency. Ties are broken by the lowest randomly assigned housing selection index number in each group.
Room, Suite, and Apartment-Style Retention Eligible juniors-to-be and sophomores-to-be may retain their rooms, suites, or apartment-style accommodations for the following academic year. The University reserves the right to designate currently occupied rooms, suites, and apartment-style accommodations as unavailable for the following year.
Gender Neutral Selection Process
Gender Neutral housing is available for students who wish to live together regardless of sex, gender, gender identity, or expression.
Upperclass Gender Neutral housing is available in Ruskin Hall apartments.
Housing Selection for upper-class students takes place each Spring Semester. To be eligible for Gender Neutral Housing, Student(s) will complete a Suite and Apartment-Style Application, indicating potential roommate(s), suite/apartment size and Gender Neutral housing. A group representative is also required to be identified on the application. The number of students listed on the application, must equal the designated suite or apartment capacity. A student may only participate as a member of one group. Any student found to be a part of more than one group voids suite selection for the members of all associated groups.
A bid process is used to determine suite and apartment-style selection, including Gender Neutral applicants, based upon the information provided on the Suite and Apartment-style Selection Applications. Each student of the suite or apartment group is given points for their class standing as follows: juniors = 3 points, sophomores = 2 points. Panther Central determines the selection order among the groups based upon the highest bid total. The lowest housing selection index number in each group is used to break ties among groups.
Panther Central will contact the group leader directly after suite/apartment bid winners are determined.
Gender Neutral bid winners will NOT book themselves through the typical housing selection process. Instead, Panther Central will manually assign the group after speaking to the group leader. If groups do not win a bid, students are encouraged to participate in General Room Selection at their corresponding time.
Room Selection Process
Upon completion of the Suite and Apartment-Style Selection and Retention Processes eligible juniors-to-be and sophomores-to-be select their residence hall rooms for the next academic year in a lottery determined by academic class and a randomly assigned housing selection index number.
Housing Selection Brochure
The retention and selection procedures for rooms, suites, and apartment-style accommodations are described in detail in the Housing Selection Brochure. This brochure will be available during the spring semester.
Housing Selection Calendar
Important dates to remember for the selection process are detailed on the Housing Selection Calendar. This calendar will be available during the spring semester.
Nonguaranteed Upperclass Students
Nonguaranteed students who wish to live in University housing will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which their housing contract and deposit are received. Any senior requesting on-campus housing will be placed on the waiting list. Waiting list students are not guaranteed on-campus accommodations. Notification of possible on-campus housing does not usually occur before late June.
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.
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.
Please contact 412-624-6998 or email for information on housing.
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Is housing available during winter and summer recess?
Yes. The University offers 12-month housing to our incoming first-year students and upperclassmen in Tower A and Tower C respectively. Students are able to indicate interest in 12-month housing during the housing application process and will be assigned to Tower A or Tower C based on housing availability and pending signed supplemental recess agreements.
Learn more about 12-month housing.
Can an incoming freshman choose a roommate?
Yes. You can indicate a roommate preference on your housing/dining services application. If both individuals agree, we will try to accommodate the request. Both you and your potential roommate must submit online the other person's seven-digit University ID (also known as the PeopleSoft number) on the online housing/dining services applications. We will do our best to accommodate any roommate requests; however, we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to do so.
Can incoming freshmen select their residence hall?
Incoming freshmen can indicate the type of housing they prefer, for example, double, single, triple, or quad, and the building. Panther Central staff will do their best to accommodate any preferences you may have.
When do freshmen receive their housing assignments?
We generally mail a "notice of assignment" to students in July. This notice will include information on how to go online and view your new assignment and room number, as well as contact information for your roommate(s). The residence halls' mailing addresses will be included as well.
Can I change my room selection?
Room changes are generally done on an emergency basis only. If you would like to change your room assignment prior to moving into your housing accommodation, contact Panther Central. Room changes may be made, pending space availability, on a case by case basis.
Once you have moved into your assigned accommodation, room changes will no longer be made by contacting Panther Central. If you live in a residence hall and are having an issue with your roommate, contact your resident assistant to discuss the problem. If you are living in an apartment style building, please come to Panther Central to discuss your request.
Who has a housing guarantee?
First-year fall-term freshmen admitted through the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid are guaranteed on-campus housing. The guarantee is good for three consecutive years, provided you continue to meet housing application and deposit deadlines in each subsequent year.
Who does not have a guarantee?
Fourth-year students (seniors) are not guaranteed on-campus housing. Other nonguaranteed students are transfer students, regional campus students, current students who live off campus, dental hygiene students, College of General Studies students, graduate students, and any students who did not meet the current or previous years' housing application and deposit deadlines.
What options does a nonguaranteed student have?
- The waiting list. Contact Panther Central to request a housing contract. We will add your name to the waiting list in the order that your housing contract is received.
- 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.
When are wait-listed students notified of housing?
Wait-listed students are contacted as soon as housing is available to them. Usually we are able to begin making phone calls and/or assignments in June. Wait-listed students who are assigned to a University accommodation will receive a "notice of assignment" after an assignment has been made.
Is there a chance wait-listed students will not receive housing?
Yes. We recommend that all wait-listed students pursue all of their options and seek off-campus housing as well as remaining on the wait list for University housing. While we cannot guarantee that a wait-listed student will obtain University housing, this allows a student to access all options and make an educated decision concerning housing. The housing deposit is refundable if a wait-listed student does not receive on campus housing.
When can I check my wait-list status?
Panther Central usually has a wait list available as early as June.
How is wait-listed status determined?
Students who do not currently live on campus are added to the wait list in the order that we received their contracts.
If a wait-listed student finds off-campus accommodations, will the deposit be refunded?
You will be refunded only if you cancel your application prior to being assigned on campus housing. Fill out a cancellation form as soon as you no longer desire on-campus housing, and we will refund your deposit. If you reject on-campus housing when it is offered, fill out a cancellation form, and we will refund your deposit. If you accept housing, but then later decline it, you will forfeit your deposit.
Once they obtain on-campus housing, can wait-listed students obtain a guarantee for next year?
No. Nonguaranteed students can never receive a guarantee. Once they are living on campus, they will receive future housing materials before incoming students and can reapply for the housing waitlist.
What do I do if I think I have bed bugs?
If you suspect that you have a case of bed bugs, we urge you to contact Panther Central immediately. Early detection is extremely important to prevent spreading and any suspicion is worth investigating. Panther Central will confidentially address your report by sending licensed exterminators to your room to assess the situation within 24 hours of your call. Bed bugs are not pests that can be controlled effectively with do-it-yourself measures. Therefore, if you do suspect that you have bed bugs, please do not attempt to resolve the issue yourself.
If we do confirm that bed bugs are present in your room, don't panic. Bed bugs are pests that can be exterminated safely and successfully if you follow all guidelines given to you by Panther Central. Panther Central will provide a detailed treatment plan for any student with a confirmed case of bed bugs. It is extremely important that students follow the written instructions carefully and quickly as treatment cannot begin until certain steps have been completed.
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