Dorm life freshman year was so much fun. Meeting new people, making friends, hanging out all the time. But as you get older – and your classes get harder and more specialized – it’s time for a little space of your own. And you might as well make it a luxurious space! Here are six of our favorite apartments when you’re ready to ditch the dorm:

University Village at Slippery Rock

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University Village at Slippery Rock offers top-notch apartments, with amenities to match. Think a heated, resort-style pool and 24/7 clubhouse! All student apartments come fully furnished, including a 42″ TV in the living room. They also have the largest kitchens in all of Slippery Rock, so if you’re a foodie…you know where you should move 😉 Upgraded units even have quartz countertops, hardwood floors, a stainless steel French door refrigerator, an upgraded furniture package, and more. Plus they’re only a quarter-mile from campus, so you won’t have any trouble getting to class. And did we mention they offer roommate matching? All leases are signed individually, so you never have to worry about your roommate paying their part of the bills.

Union on 5th

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Calling all of our Duquesne students: Union on 5th is for you! Just steps from campus, across from PPG Paints Arena, (minutes from Oakland with an easy commute to either Pitt or Carnegie Melon) you’ll find your new home. Their loft-style apartments mean each experience is unique. Floor plans range from 2 bed-1 bath, 2 bed-2 bath, and even 3 bed-3 bath apartments. They also just finished a huge renovation, which included a new Luxor Package system, Starbucks coffee machine, and an upgraded study lounge so you don’t even have to leave home to study somewhere else. And don’t forget their valet trash service, pet-friendly policies, and living with city views! All student apartments are fully furnished and have hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, 12-20 foot ceilings, exposed brick and so much more. No roommate? No problem! Take advantage of their roommate matching and by-the-bed leasing, so you never have to worry about splitting bills.

Coda on Centre

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If you’re ready for a close-knit community while still getting that city vibe, check out Coda on Centre. You’ll be in the heart of the East End – close to shopping, restaurants, nightlife, and more. But you’re also steps away from Shadyside, East Liberty, Friendship, and Bloomfield. Need to go a little farther? Catch a bus…there are six Port Authority stops within easy walking distance, and the East busway is steps away. Prefer to bike? There are Healthyride stations nearby, and the building has on-site bike parking. On-site parking is if you need it. They’re also sustainable – LEED Gold certified! Living at Coda will give you a sense of being home. Their management and 24/7 concierge teams provide unparalleled customer service. And their pet-friendly apartments mean you can continue living with all of your roommates.


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Baumhaus on Baum Boulevard has everything you could possibly want from an apartment, starting with convenience, comfort, and community. They’re currently hosting both in-person and virtual events, so you can meet people however you’re most comfortable. Their rooftop terrace and fire pit are about to be the only place you’ll want to hangout as it gets nicer. And the cardio and strength training center – with Peloton bikes – will help you look and feel your best. Apartments are pet-friendly, and they even have a dog park so your fur-baby will be at his best, too. Add in hotel-style housekeeping (yes, please!) and flexible lease options, and we think you’ll be moving in soon.

Mozart Management

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Mozart Management is a family-owned business that’s been providing apartments around Pittsburgh for more than 50 years. They are “your neighborhood expert for apartments in the East End” including Shadyside, North Oakland, Squirrel Hill, Highland Park, and Frick Park. Their office is open seven days a week, plus they have 24/7 maintenance, online payments, and they don’t collect security deposits. Their properties consist of a range of apartment sizes, so there’s always something to fit what you’re looking for. They’re also pet-friendly, have on-site laundry, and include a majority of the utilities in your rent. When you live in a Mozart apartment, you’ll be close to shops, restaurants, entertainment, and more. And you’re always close to public transportation in case you need to go a little farther!

Oak Hill Apartments

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Oak Hill Apartments are a short walk away from University of Pittsburgh, the Pitt Athletic Complex, The Petersen Events Center, Trees Hall, UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital, and Carlow University. They offer free parking, plus a new state of the art fitness center and lounge. Some apartment homes are available with utilities included. Their professional management staff is on-site six days a week and have 24/7 maintenance, so you always have everything you need. Leases as short as six months, pet-friendly apartments, convenience store on the property, basketball courts, tennis courts, and seasonal outdoor pools are all included in your rent…we can’t wait to schedule a tour.

Cort Furniture Rentals

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Moving into an unfurnished apartment? Furniture is expensive, plus you have to deal with moving it. So why not let Cort handle that for you? When you rent furniture from Cort, they’ll take care of bringing your furniture and setting it up, so all you have to do is enjoy your new home. Student packages start at $99/month, and their team will design three rooms of cohesive furniture for you. Don’t like what’s included in the package? You can also pick the “customize your package” path to make sure everything fits your style and space. Just order online and expect delivery in 48-72 hours. Arrive prepared, leave with ease!

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Lauren Roberts

Lauren loves all things Pittsburgh and all things food! When she's not checking out a new restaurant, you can find her in the kitchen trying a new recipe, working on her photography, or out on a bike ride exploring the city.

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