In Pittsburgh, you usually have to pay a security deposit for your housing — roughly equivalent to a month's rent. Most apartments have leases that last one year. Generally, one bedroom apartments can range from $500-$750 per month, but are most common around $600-$650. If utilities are not included, these can cost an additional $75-150 per month. You can cut costs by sharing a place with a roommate. It is recommended that you set aside enough money to cover the deposit, the few days in August, September's rent and October's rent, because you do not receive your first stipend check until the end of September.
Neighborhoods to consider:
Neighborhoods to Avoid:
Student Recommended Landlords
- Sterling Land
- Franklin West
- Meyers Management
- Forbes Management
- Walnut Capital
- Arbors Management
- Zytnick Realty Co -3245 Beechwood Blvd, (412) 422-1000
Landlords NOT Recommenced by Students:
- Mozart Management
- MJ Kelley
- Lobos Management
Questions to Ask Prospective Landlords:
- What is the parking situation? Is it on-street parking or off-street parking? Is parking included in rent? If on-street parking is available, does your car require a City of Pittsburgh parking permit?
- Are any utilities included?
- How much is the security deposit?
- Is there a 24-hour phone number to call in case of emergency?
- Am I allowed to install window air conditioners (if there is no central air)?
- Apartment Checklist
Other Housing Resources:
- Carnegie Mellon's Housing Web site (requires password)
- University of Pittsburgh's Housing Resource Web site (requires no password)
- My Apartment Map