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Moving to Pittsburgh

When to move to Pittsburgh

We recommend that students are moved-in and settled in Pittsburgh prior to the beginning of the mandatory Heinz orientation. The Heinz orientation schedule does not allow time for "moving-in" activities as we expect all students will be settled prior to the start of Heinz Orientation. We encourage you to move in one week prior to the start of Heinz Orientation.

Students attending summer programs (such as ACC or QSSP) are encouraged to settle in to Pittsburgh at least a few days prior to the start of their summer program.

Moving in the summer?

Moving to Pittsburgh in the summer?  You may want to consider subletting an apartment for a short term before signing a one year lease. This option gives you the opportunity to get to know campus and the area, and spend more time researching where to live. There are great opportunities for you to sublet a current Heinz student apartment over the summer as they complete summer internships in other cities. Current students post sublet opportunities on the Heinz College Housing Facebook page.

On-Campus Housing

The University does not provide on-campus housing specifically for graduate students. However, there are sometimes undergraduate dorm rooms available for graduate students. This will depend entirely upon the undergraduate-population. The rooms are in a standard dorm-style setting. There are no private rooms, and families are not able to stay in the dorm. You will find details on the Graduate Student housing page. Please direct any questions to the Housing Office directly. Even with this as an option, only a very small percentage of Heinz students stayed on campus in the 2017 school year. To assist those students who cannot find on-campus housing, the University provides an off-campus housing website.

Choosing an Apartment

The majority of graduate students live off-campus in an apartment, with some students sharing a house off-campus. The city of Pittsburgh offers safe, affordable housing very close to the University. In fact, the majority of students live (very affordably) in the neighboring, upscale town of Shadyside. Each year we survey current Heinz students to bring you the most up-to-date information on where to live, and how much you should expect to pay.

Moving to Pittsburgh with children?

Carnegie Mellon University supports students and their families. We've compiled a list of relevant University-offered benefits, information about child care, and resources helpful to parents and families.  Please click here for the resources: 

Heinz College Student Housing Survey

The information below was compiled following a survey of recent Heinz College students. Percentages (%) are based on the survey responses.

Additional Information for International Students

The Office of International Education is a great resource for our International students who are navigating the apartment rental process in the U.S for the first time. We have included the most popular links on their webpage below. is the first, low-cost, express bus service to offer city-to-city travel for as low as $1 via the Internet. Since launching in April 2006, has served more than 7 million passengers throughout nearly 50 major cities in the Midwest and Northeast of the USA and Canada.

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