Best Oakland Pittsburgh Apartments

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Find an apartment in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood

Pittsburgh has developed from a largely industrial city to being a center of creativity and culture in recent decades. It’s often ranked as one of the most livable cities in the U.S. and is home to renowned universities, like University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon. If you’re a student — or a fan of frequent visits to the Monongahela River or Schenley Park, which holds the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens — you’re probably familiar with Oakland, a charming student-oriented neighborhood. Both major universities are located entirely or in part in Oakland, meaning residents there get the benefit of living just blocks from the Carnegie Art Museum, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and the musical and theater performances of both schools. If you’re a renter — and especially if you’re a student — here are some great Oakland, Pittsburgh, apartments.

Skyvue Apartments

If luxury is the only way you know how to live, the Skyvue Apartments should be your first stop. Ideally located near Carnegie Mellon, Pitt, Carlow University, and downtown, the apartments are in an extremely walkable and historic part of Oakland and Pittsburgh. Enjoy study areas, a clubhouse, bike parking, or head up to the rooftop patio for some grilling, pool time, or a night around the fire pit. Plus, Skyvue goes above and beyond with its pet-friendly policy — you can find pet washing stations and a dog-walk on-site. Rent here is a little pricy, but they have a variety of floorplans, starting at studios, to make sure you don’t pay for space you don’t need.

Portal Place Apartments

From the Portal Place windows, you can admire the Cathedral of Learning on the Carnegie Mellon campus. These one- or two-bedroom apartments all come with a fantastic view of either the historic campus or the Monongahela River. Recent renovations mean you’ll get updated appliances, granite countertops, hardwood floors, and other conveniences like in-unit laundry, walk-in closets, and fitness center.

330 Ward Street

These affordable apartments are near both Carnegie Mellon and Pitt, and are just blocks from Schenley Park, which is more than 400 acres of trails, frisbee golfing, playgrounds, swimming, and more. The building’s exterior and the apartments are laden with historical charm, such as exposed brick walls and decorative fireplaces.

2 Dawson

Much like a single-family home, this gorgeous townhouse offers tons of space, natural light, and privacy. The two-story home has two bedrooms, fireplace, front and rear porches, and a full basement. A free Pitt shuttle picks up just outside, but more public transport options are readily available — in this part of Pittsburgh, walking will also likely get you where you need to be.

University Commons

These student apartments are just blocks from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon, and steps from the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens — a splendid oasis of seasonal flowers, tropical conservatory, green rooftops, and more. The affordable units include reserved parking, on-site laundry, and a courtyard.

University Loft Apartments

In the same area as the University Commons, these loft-style apartments have unique layouts that include in-unit laundry, a courtyard cozy kitchens with dishwashers, and, in many cases, private entries. One- or two-bedroom units give you flexible options.

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