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Undergraduate Housing

Our residence halls are a window to Chatham's past while being steps from the amenities that make Pittsburgh great. Explore this page for all housing available to Chatham students.

View logistics, policies and other details for on-campus housing in the dropdowns below, and scroll further down the page to see available on-campus housing options. 

On-Campus Housing & Resources 

Note: Due to COVID-19, the two-year residency requirement is waived for the 2021-2022 school year. 

The on-campus living experience is vital to the growth and development of the whole student.

All students who have completed less than four semesters of college/university are required to reside in on-campus housing for their first two years at Chatham University.

As an exception, students may live with parent(s) and/or legal guardians in the greater Pittsburgh area (within 30 miles of campus). Students choosing to live at home must register as a commuter and provide documentation to the Office of Residence Life. Students found in violation will face disciplinary review and fines up to the cost of housing. Gateway students may request an exception to the residency requirement by contacting the Office of Residence Life.

Falk School of Sustainability and the Environment students are required to reside one year at Shadyside and another at Eden Hall. The exact year Falk School students reside at Eden Hall is curriculum dependent through the Falk School.  

Before applying for housing, students will need to access myChatham using their username and password. The first time a student logs in they will be required to set up their Multifactor Authenticator. This security feature that enables you to access email and myChatham services from off-campus. If students encounter any issues logging in to myChatham, please contact the IT HelpDesk at 412-365-1112 or by email at services@chatham.edu
After you have access to myChatham, students apply for housing and meal plan through the StarRez Housing Portal located on myChatham > myTOOLS > Student Housing. During the application process, students are required to submit a $150.00 Housing Deposit utilizing a credit card (individuals who can’t pay with credit card must contact the Office of Residence Life at reslife@chatham.edu to receive instructions on how to make payment by check or cash before starting the application process).
To apply for housing, complete the following steps:
  • Login to myChatham (if you can’t log in to myChatham contact the IT HelpDesk at 412-365-1112 or email services@chatham.edu
  • Select myTOOLS
  • Select the Student Housing button
  • Follow all on-screen instructions 
A visual step-by-step guide is located online here.
Please email the Office of Residence Life if you have questions or call 412-365-1518.

Students living on campus should expect to live with a roommate during their time with us.

However, Chatham does recognize that occasions exist when students require specific accommodations. While cases that warrant medical singles are rare, we make the medical accommodations process available to all students. Questions regarding Chatham's Medical Accommodation Policy can be directed to the Assistant Director of Residence Life at 412-365-1518 or email.

View the Medical Accommodations Form (pdf)

Residence Hall Refrigerators & Microwaves

  • Click this link to watch a video that provides more information about the MicroFridge program. Students who would like a refrigerator or microwave in their room must rent a MicroFridge unit. These combined units use less energy and have built-in safety features to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents. Units are delivered to your room prior to your move-in and are picked up after you move out. Students are not permitted to bring their own units from home. Each MicroFridge cost around $200.00 to rent for the year and there is an option to buy for those interested. When making your rental decision, be reminded each residence hall has community kitchens. Students residing in the apartments do not need to rent a MicroFridge as your apartment comes equipped with a kitchen that includes a refrigerator. We suggest talking to your roommate as we only allow one MicroFridge Unit per two students in the room. Details can be found herePlease note: Orchard Hall residents are not permitted to have a MicroFridge or any type of refrigerator or microwave in their room. Due to the building being designed around sustainability this goes against the purpose and intent of that residence hall.

Residence Hall Linens

  • If purchasing linens, we recommend students purchase twin extra-long sheets to ensure they fit your residence hall bed. These linens can be purchased any major retailer, but Chatham also has a linen service provider who many students utilized this past year to purchase their residence hall linens. For more information about this linen option, visit this website.
The Office of Residence Life provides a list of recommended and prohibited items for all students. Due to safety reasons, certain items and actions are not permitted in any of the residence halls or apartments on-campus. The list can be found online here.