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Summer Program at Pitt - Temp. Housing Questions

Postby legame on Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:20 pm

So...

While I'm a grad student in North Carolina, I received a scholarship to attend the Russian and East European summer language institute at Pitt. I'll be there from June 1st to July 15th and am currently looking for sublets near campus.

I went to undergrad at Clarion and am originally from central PA, so my knowledge of the neighborhoods in PGH is a bit fuzzy now that I've moved south. Can anyone make suggestions as to where I should be looking to rent? Most of the places I've seen are in Squirrel Hill, but I'm looking for something within comfortable (20 minutes) walking distance.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: Summer Program at Pitt this Summer - Housing Questions

Postby FreeCandy44 on Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:41 pm

I'd think if you were going to Pitt main, you would want to stay in Oakland or East Liberty. Oakland is where the main campus is and East Liberty is like 10 mins from Oakland.
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Re: Summer Program at Pitt this Summer - Housing Questions

Postby Willie Kool on Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:17 pm

Congrats on the scholarship, legame! FC is right - if you want to be within easy walking distance, Oakland is where you should be looking.
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Re: Summer Program at Pitt this Summer - Housing Questions

Postby legame on Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:26 am

Thank you for the suggestions. The sublets in Oakland are a bit limited... any other neighborhoods to look for nearby?
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Re: Summer Program at Pitt this Summer - Housing Questions

Postby Troy Loney on Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:46 am

legame wrote:Thank you for the suggestions. The sublets in Oakland are a bit limited... any other neighborhoods to look for nearby?


Squirrel Hill would be a bit of a hike, but the buses run very frequently, it would also be a quick bike ride through the park to get there.

As a grad student, the living would also be nicer in squirrel hill as opposed to living in oakland for a month.

The other neighborhoods would be Bloomfield, Friendship and Shadyside.
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Re: Summer Program at Pitt - Temp. Housing Questions

Postby columbia on Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:49 am

Will you have a Pitt ID?
That used to get you free rides on PAT buses.

The sort cut walk from Squirrel Hill to the Pitt canpus is though Schenley Park (if you're willing to walk on the edges of the golf course).
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Re: Summer Program at Pitt - Temp. Housing Questions

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:54 am

what price range are you looking for?
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Re: Summer Program at Pitt - Temp. Housing Questions

Postby legame on Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:43 pm

I'll have a Pitt ID and I'm looking to spend between $400-600 per month. What makes it tough is that most people are subletting for May 1st-August 1st and obviously aren't open to me only renting for six weeks.

Thanks again for the help folks. I'm getting a better idea of where I need to focus on.
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Re: Summer Program at Pitt - Temp. Housing Questions

Postby Shyster on Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:40 pm

If you haven't checked already, there are sublet listings on the web site for Pitt's Off-Campus Living department (http://www.ocl.pitt.edu/).
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Re: Summer Program at Pitt - Temp. Housing Questions

Postby pittsoccer33 on Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:15 pm

-South Oakland is closest and mostly undergrads
-North Oakland is more grad students. It borders
-Shadyside. Grads and young professionals
-Squirrel Hill is close and convenient by bus. Lots of cmu kids

Point Breeze, Bloomfield, East Liberty, Lawrenceville, Highland Park, and Regent Square are all good but a bit further away. The Southside is a quick bus ride too.

if I were walking is want north or south Oakland only. Busses from shady an sq hill are pretty easy go handle though.
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Re: Summer Program at Pitt - Temp. Housing Questions

Postby Shyster on Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:19 pm

I'd also try calling up Pitt's housing department and asking them if ythey have any options for a visting scholar like yoy. They could have a dorm room you could stay in. It'll be the summer, so most of the dorms are going to be empty. Making a few bucks off of you for a month and a half is better than making nothing on an empty room.
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Re: Summer Program at Pitt - Temp. Housing Questions

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:22 pm

im sure there are dorms that are open actually
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Re: Summer Program at Pitt - Temp. Housing Questions

Postby Shyster on Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:33 pm

Some of them are, sure, but nowhere near as many students are around as the rest of the year. I lived in Oakland year-round after starting at Pitt, and compared to how crowded it is during the regular school year it’s darn near a ghost town in the summer.
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Re: Summer Program at Pitt - Temp. Housing Questions

Postby columbia on Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:45 pm

It's probably a good place to meet 20 year girls.....if that's on your agenda for the summer. :pop:
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Re: Summer Program at Pitt - Temp. Housing Questions

Postby legame on Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:07 pm

The dorms are over $30/night. Pass.

I've had friends who lived in Shadyside and suggested it, but it seems a bit more expensive. It looks like I should be looking in North Oakland.
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Re: Summer Program at Pitt - Temp. Housing Questions

Postby legame on Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:59 am

Found two different places on opposite ends of Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside. Seems alright... thoughts?
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Re: Summer Program at Pitt - Temp. Housing Questions

Postby Troy Loney on Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:08 am

legame wrote:Found two different places on opposite ends of Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside. Seems alright... thoughts?



If it's in that big apartment building right near neville and across from the church, that would be a really easy walk to and from class. You'd also be real close to south craig street with plenty of decent food options. I'd probably go with that, ellsworth is a long street, the other end is basically in east liberty, you'd be close to a lot of cool bars and hang out spots at that end....so I guess it would depend on what your looking for.
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Re: Summer Program at Pitt - Temp. Housing Questions

Postby legame on Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:11 pm

Pulled the trigger on a place on South Nagley in Shadyside. Good neighborhood, yeah?
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Re: Summer Program at Pitt - Temp. Housing Questions

Postby Shyster on Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:17 pm

It's fine. You'll be close to Walnut Street, which is a little corridor of trendy shops and restaurants, and within fairly easy walking distance of two nice grocery stores (a Whole Foods and the fancy "Market District" version of Giant Eagle). A fair walk to campus but you can also walk down to Fifth and hop on pretty much any bus going by to make it easier.
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Re: Summer Program at Pitt - Temp. Housing Questions

Postby pittsoccer33 on Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:34 pm

legame wrote:Pulled the trigger on a place on South Nagley in Shadyside. Good neighborhood, yeah?


welcome neighbor. im just off negley. lots of good places to eat, drink, and shop. let me know if youd like some suggestions or want to be shown around.
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