Pitt Off-Campus Housing


Rent College Pads works hard to help college students at University of Pittsburgh find the best off-campus housing options in Pittsburgh near campus. Whether you are looking for an apartment or house for rent, Rent College Pads is your number one resource for Pitt Off-Campus Housing.

Finding apartments at University of Pittsburgh has always been a chore. At Rent College Pads we're fixing that. All of our off-campus housing options have been verified and approved by our diligent team of campus managers. We even follow up with you and the landlord to make sure you've found your perfect house. Because there are so many options to consider before making a responsible renting decision, check out our University of Pittsburgh University apartment hunting guide below.

Pittsburgh Apartments and Houses For Rent

When To Search

Winter break is over and school is back in session for University of Pittsburgh students. Now is the perfect time to get a started on your search for off-campus housing in Pittsburgh. The number of searches peaks in January so be sure to start looking right away. As the spring semester continues, housing fills up. The sooner you start looking the less stressed you will be. Nobody wants to spend their summer break scrambling to find a place to live!

Rent In Pittsburgh, PA

Rent prices in Pittsburgh can be on the more expensive side, but if you look into your options you can certainly find something affordable. Living with a few roommates is going to be most cost effective and keep some extra change in your pocket. A lot of the housing options in Pittsburgh near campus are apartment complexes, which is nice because you have several choices that offer a vast variety of amenities and sizes. There are houses nearby but there aren’t as many so start contacting landlords asap if you are interested in renting a house.   

Here’s a breakdown of Pittsburgh apartments and houses average rents per person, per bedroom:

Studio 1BR 2BR 3BR 4BR
$795 $1066 $725 $598 $582

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Meeting up with friends to grab some food and drinks is a favorite thing to do amongst Pitt students. Often times, students head to one of the many restaurants right around campus. Forbes Street, which is just steps off-campus, is home to many of the most popular restaurants and bars. There are also numerous other hang-out spots within a few blocks radius to Forbes Street. Being close enough to walk to these bars and restaurants make it convenient and ideal for most students. However, free public transportation and Uber make it possible for students to enjoy the cuisine and nightlife all over the city!

Here are a few places you won’t want to miss.

Best Restaurants:

  • Pamela’s
  • Fuel and Fuddle  
  • Hemingway’s Cafe
  • Primanti Bros
  • Conflict Kitchen


Best Bars:

  • Peter’s Pub
  • Gene’s Place
  • Gooski’s
  • Bar11
  • Jack’s Bar


If you’re looking to get involved on-campus the Pitt Outdoor Club is a great organization for any outdoor lover to join. They plan several activities like hiking trips to McConnells Mill and planting trees at various parks around Pittsburgh. Schenley Park is a popular place you can find students tossing a frisbee or football around or soaking up the sun on the lawn. Head to Point State Park for a day of kayaking the Monongahela River. Visit the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and relax while walking through the different nature exhibits. Pittsburgh has a lot to offer and there are plenty of adventures waiting to be had right outside your door!

College Life in Pittsburgh, PA

Things To Do

When it comes time to relax and take a break from homework and studying, students at the University of Pittsburgh have a variety of activities to do to unwind. Like most college campuses, sports are huge! Heinz Field is home to not only the Pittsburgh Steelers but also the University of Pittsburgh’s Division 1 Panther’s football team. Join thousands of fellow students and fans each week and tailgate before the game. Students at the University of Pittsburgh receive free bus transportation around the city, creating endless activities. Head to Mount Washington and take the incline up for breathtaking views of the city or visit the Andy Warhol Museum.  Students are also admitted free access to the popular Carnegie Museum of Natural History, which is conveniently located near campus.  On campus there are a ton of activities to get into like visiting the famous Cathedral of Learning which is said to be like Hogwarts, if you’re a Harry Potter fan. You can even catch students playing a game of Quidditch on the lawn outside. The Pitt Program Council conducts several activities like bowling, skiing, and movie nights throughout the year so check that out. Whatever your interests may be, there is something for everyone in Pittsburgh!

Highlights include:

  • Ride the incline to the top of Mount Washington
  • Explore the Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • Cheer on the Pittsburgh Panthers and Steelers at Heinz Field
  • Visit the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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