Live and Play in Pittsburgh
Where Will Students Live?
Below is a list of some potential housing options for your semester in Pittsburgh. This is not a comprehensive list and you are not required to use any of these options.
Note: The Pennsylvania State University makes no representation whatsoever regarding the housing options listed below. Students are responsible to inspect the property and negotiate lease terms with any landlord. The Pennsylvania State University has not inspected or investigated these listings or landlords in any way and is not endorsing any specific properties or landlords for students by this listing. The Pennsylvania State University disclaims any responsibility, among other things, for the condition of any premises, terms of any leases, treatment by any landlord, or compliance with any applicable local zoning ordinances.
- Penn Commons (Kelly Youkers, Director of Housing; 412-325-1091)
- Point Park University Housing (Janet Evans; 412-392-8026)
- sublet.com (and other online or printed news and classified publications that list sublets)
- The Encore on 7th Apartments (unfurnished)
- Heinz Loft (unfurnished)
Lawrence Hall, Point Park University
How to sublet your Penn State Apartment
If your lease expressly permits subletting or assignment, you are legally free to substitute another tenant for yourself. The same is true if there is nothing expressed in your lease against subletting.
- Uloop is a website where people host their sublets.
- Penn State has a craigslist site where people host their sublets.
Intro to Pittsburgh
- Made In PGH is a welcome guide to newcomers.
- Yelp is a great search guide for anything you’re looking for in Pittsburgh.
- NextPittsburgh.com is a website whose goal is to create an online community focusing on the cool people, projects and places taking Pittsburgh to the next level as a place of creativity and innovation–to figure out what’s next, who’s leading the charge and where we’re all headed.
- Imagine Pittsburgh is a digital hub for career exploration that connects you to 25,000+ positions open today and provides real-time information about trending occupations.
- City Paper Pittsburgh is an alternative newspaper featuring news, dining reviews, restaurants, music reviews, movie & film reviews, opinions, arts & entertainment, and culture.
- Pittsburgh Urbanist Guide has made it easy for both tourists and locals to pinpoint the outstanding local businesses in Pittsburgh.
Transportation in the City
- Port Authority for Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) allows trip planning and general info about public transportation.
- There’s a number of apps to download which can help you navigate the city.
- Maps and Schedules for the Bus and Light-Rail Train System are located here.
A Day in the Life: What to Expect Outside of Class
- Some ideas for what to do in Pittsburgh
- Inexpensive and free things to do in Pittsburgh
- 50 Fun things to do in Pittsburgh
Safety in the City
- City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
- City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire
- Counseling services available in Pittsburgh
Student Health Insurance
Insurance requirement for students taking courses off campus is the same as students taking courses on campus.
Domestic students (US citizens or permanent residents) can use their parents’ insurance or insurance purchased through Penn State. They will not be required to have insurance.
International students who are registered for classes as undergrad, will be required to have Penn State insurance or show comparable proof of insurance.
Penn State current insurance carrier is Aetna Student Health. There is currently an RFP out to choose next year’s carrier, and we will know more by early February.