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Pittsburgh Apartments
Last updated February 4 2023 at 9:32 AM

1,300 Apartments in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Apartment Renter's Guide

Overview


Population: 300,286
Population Density: 5,422.7 people/sq mile
Median Age: 34
Percentage of Family Households: 43%
Median Annual Income: $57,821 / year
Median Rent: $1,074 / month

What locals are saying

Consistently topping “Most Livable Cities in America” lists (and that has to be a good thing), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania serves as both current headquarters of Steeler Nation and future headquarters of you. So, what’s it take to land a pad in this place?

The ‘Burgh is a leftover steel town that feels like a city but operates like a hometown

Consistently topping “Most Livable Cities in America” lists (and that has to be a good thing), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania serves as both current headquarters of Steeler Nation and future headquarters of you. So, what’s it take to land a pad in this place?

Iron City

The ‘Burgh is a leftover steel town that feels like a city but operates like a hometown. The average joe’s tech knowledge (and fashion sense) is about ten to fifteen years behind major cities. If you’re coming here from a bustling metropolis, expect to deal with property management companies directly instead of apartment brokers—these are virtually unheard of in these parts.

Apartment hunting here truly is like hunting. Be prepared to commit both time and energy to pounding the pavement in the real world. Drive through the neighborhoods you’re interested in and keep your eyes peeled for the “For Rent” signs. This sounds like the most antiquated thing in the world—and it really might be—but Pittsburghian landlords aren’t exactly Silicon Valley elite. Inexpensive finds are rented out by people from a generation (or two) ago that don’t need or care to figure out more sophisticated methods: they’re happy waiting for you to call them. Also, be sure to check the classifieds in the Post-Gazette and Pennysaver (did we mention the old-timey technology?).

Outside Influences

It’s always easier to find an apartment in the winter (as opposed to the summer or fall) but this is especially true in places that see snow dumps measured in feet—not inches. Pittsburgh is no exception to this rule. If the cold and snow aren’t enough to detour you, think about those all those hills (we’re getting there…)

Don’t underestimate heating costs as you’re scoping out your new digs. In Pittsburgh, the weather will be well under the freezing point for months, and if electric isn’t included in your utilities then keep on looking. 100 year old houses are both very common and very drafty and staying warm can bleed your wallet dry.

City of Bridges

Pittsburgh is small (only 56 square miles), but thinking in terms of mileage can be dangerous here. Distance in Pittsburgh is only sort of related to commute time (they’re like second cousins), what’s more important is geography (they’re blood brothers). As a general rule of thumb you’re looking at a long commute if:

  1. You live on a hill. Hills equal winding roads that take forever to transverse and double your commute time in the snow.

  2. You live on the other side of a hill. This means tunnels, and tunnels scare people, and scared people drive slowly and turn five minute commutes into hour commutes. Yes, really.

  3. You’re across a river. There are 446 bridges in Pittsburgh, but only 10 connect to Downtown. Everyone headed between the city proper and its outlying areas gets bottlenecked at these spots making traffic essentially unavoidable if you live on the other side of a river (which is any direction other than east).

If you’re lured to the suburbs by the space and affordable housing make sure you plan the route to your daily destinations (work/grocery store) with as few of the above obstacles as possible. Unless:

  1. If you live north of the Allegheny and east of the Ohio rivers. Here you have a straight shot into the city via I-271.

  2. If you live in the southeast. The T, (subway/tram hybrid) takes you speedily & directly from Downtown to the up-and-coming Dormont area.

Our bike community is making a valiant effort to grow, but hills aren’t shrinking, public transit funding is being cut constantly and cyclists have nasty weather to contend with. It might not be the greenest suggestion in the world, but in Pittsburgh, you should probably drive. Ease your conscious and consider a hybrid.

Pittsburgh Particulars

Pittsburgh’s diversity of distinct neighborhoods rivals that of any major city.

Where the Bros Are: Oakland & Shadyside are college kid territory because like, dude, that’s where Carnegie Melon and the University of Pittsburgh are. Here, thrifty students live in either Fight-Club-style slightly dilapidated mansions with too many roommates or small rundown apartments. You’ll also find some low cost eats and a sliver of high-end shopping on Walnut Street (what someone once hilariously referred to as, “the Rodeo drive of Pittsburgh”) in Shadyside.

Dahntahn: Or “downtown”, to us non-natives, is a handful of blocks crammed with skyscrapers and few housing options. Those that exist are refurbed lofts reserved for young professionals with accompanying budgets. The adjacent Strip District is a hybrid farmer’s market/street bazaar that’s packed with plenty of famous restaurants (Pamela’s Diner, Primanti Bros. and DeLuca’s) and local jewels (Wholey’s Fish Market, La Prima Coffee and the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company).

Hip-check: Lawrenceville & Bloomfield (aka “Little Italy”) blend together and are the heart of all things trendy in the ‘Burgh. The rowhouses of these two areas are filled with the majority of the city’s artists (READ: inexpensive rent) and are sprinkled with boutiques and restaurants. If you’re looking for nightlife of the non-skanky variety, this is your place.

Nuclear Family: Squirrel Hill, Regent Square, & Point Breeze are residential (almost suburban), complete with big yards, old houses, and parks. Highland Park (home to the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium) has the same vibe as these other three ‘hoods but is located to the north & is slightly more expensive.

Now, get some Steeler’s gear and throw a few choice Pittsburghese phrases into rotation like “yinzer” or “jag off” and you’re all set! Welcome to the Paris of the Appalachians.

Pittsburgh Demographics


How diverse is Pittsburgh?

The representation of ethnic minorities in Pittsburgh is lower than the national average. The eight main ethnic groups that make up the population of Pittsburgh are White (63.8%), Black Or African American (20.8%), Two Or More (6.1%), Asian (5.1%), Hispanic Or Latino (3.5%), Other (0.6%), American Indian Or Alaska Native (0.1%), and Native Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander (0%).

What does the age breakdown look like for Pittsburgh residents?

The median age in Pittsburgh is 34 while the most populous age group of residents is the 25 to 34 group.

How diverse is Pittsburgh?

The representation of ethnic minorities in Pittsburgh is lower than the national average. The eight main ethnic groups that make up the population of Pittsburgh are White (63.8%), Black Or African American (20.8%), Two Or More (6.1%), Asian (5.1%), Hispanic Or Latino (3.5%), Other (0.6%), American Indian Or Alaska Native (0.1%), and Native Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander (0%).

What does the age breakdown look like for Pittsburgh residents?

The median age in Pittsburgh is 34 while the most populous age group of residents is the 25 to 34 group.

Pittsburgh Crime


Overall Crime

Below Average
Overall crime in Pittsburgh is below average in comparison to the national average.

Violent Crime

Above Average
The level of violent crime in Pittsburgh is above average compared to the national average violent crime rate.

Property Crime

Below Average
The level of property crime in Pittsburgh is below average compared to the national average property crime rate.

Top Schools in Pittsburgh


Elementary Schools

6 /10
Pittsburgh Concord K-5
Public
PK-5
Public
PK-5
473 Students
12 Reviews
473
Students
12 Reviews
6 /10
Pittsburgh Brookline K-8
Public
PK-8
Public
PK-8
500 Students
8 Reviews
500
Students
8 Reviews
5 /10
Pittsburgh Beechwood K-5
Public
PK-5
Public
PK-5
330 Students
6 Reviews
330
Students
6 Reviews

Middle Schools

7 /10
Pittsburgh Capa 6-12
Public
6-12
Public
6-12
883 Students
11 Reviews
883
Students
11 Reviews
6 /10
Pittsburgh Brookline K-8
Public
PK-8
Public
PK-8
500 Students
8 Reviews
500
Students
8 Reviews
6 /10
Pittsburgh Arsenal 6-8
Public
6-8
Public
6-8
187 Students
1 Reviews
187
Students
1 Reviews

High Schools

7 /10
Pittsburgh Capa 6-12
Public
6-12
Public
6-12
883 Students
11 Reviews
883
Students
11 Reviews
6 /10
City Charter High School
Charter
9-12
Charter
9-12
573 Students
16 Reviews
573
Students
16 Reviews
4 /10
Pittsburgh Obama 6-12
Public
6-12
Public
6-12
952 Students
1 Reviews
952
Students
1 Reviews

What Renters Say about Pittsburgh


Apartment List has released the results for Pittsburgh from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.
"Pittsburgh’s renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "Interestingly, ratings for Pittsburgh vary widely across categories such as affordability and weather."
69%
Parks and Outdoor Activities
65%
Jobs and Career Opportunities
63%
Public Transit
63%
Social Life
62%
Pet Friendliness
61%
Safety and Crime Rate
61%
Commute Time
51%
Affordability
46%
Quality of Schools
37%
State and Local Taxes
34%
Dating
32%
Weather
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Check out 1,300 verified apartments for rent in Pittsburgh, PA with rents starting as low as $500. Some apartments for rent in Pittsburgh might offer rent specials. Look out for the
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Glasshouse Pittsburgh Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$2,106
698 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,883
1208 sqft
Call Pittsburgh's award-winning South Shore your new home. At Glasshouse Pittsburgh, we’ve got amazing views, meticulous service, and luxurious amenities, all within an 8-minute walk to Downtown. Enjoy a warm industrial vibe that honors Pittsburgh’s heritage and style within our brand-new community. On the outside, you'll find a wonderland of secluded courtyards, glowing fire pits, a shimmering zero-edge pool, and a communal outdoor kitchen. Limited availability remaining. Tour & move in today!
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Kaufmann's Photo Gallery 1
1 of 33
Verified
22 Units Available
Studio
$1,550
520 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,795
694 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,875
1094 sqft
Kaufmann's Grand unveils an exceptional portrait of living. A unique fusion of style and sophistication, our apartment residences reflect your contemporary flair. Enjoy the life you deserve. When you live at Kaufmann's Grand, your address says it all.
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Coda on Centre Photo Gallery 1
1 of 95
Verified
19 Units Available
Studio
$1,914
469 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,125
618 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,153
1077 sqft
EXPERIENCE LIFE ON CENTRE Composed of studio, 1- and 2-bedroom pet-friendly apartment-homes, Coda on Centre features a collection of dynamic amenities like private balconies and terraces, in-unit laundry, ample storage, and modern kitchens complete with dark wood cabinetry and granite countertops. Residents will enjoy the slow groove of the courtyard terrace, the energy of the in-house fitness center, the ease of on-site parking, the convenience of round-the-clock concierge service, and so much more. Whatever your style, Coda on Centre works in harmony with the rhythm of your life.
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Co-Living Housing - Helm on the Allegheny Photo Gallery 1
1 of 30
Co-Living
Studio
$1,025
123 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,055
152 sqft
These modern waterfront apartments in Pittsburgh's Strip District offer multiple layouts and living styles. From traditional apartment units to affordable options and coliving neighborhoods, Helm on the Allegheny gives you the freedom to chart your course. Ask about our Reduced Rent Program for those with qualifying incomes.
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Average rent in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

City Guide
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Pittsburgh is $1,664, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,855. Rent rates updated 2 days ago
* Averages are based on the rental prices of properties listed on Apartment List
The District Photo Gallery 1
1 of 45
Verified
38 Units Available
Studio
$1,470
490 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,840
612 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,050
1118 sqft
The Strip District is Pittsburgh's most distinctive neighborhood and The District is an unparalleled apartment community within it. A modern riverfront enclave amidst the hum of the city's Tech, Ed, Med and culture, The District offers two distinct living spaces to meet the speed and needs of your city life.
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University Commons Photo Gallery 1
1 of 49
Verified
53 Units Available
Studio
$1,150
1 Bedroom
$1,060
2 Bedrooms
$1,525
Welcome to University Commons a student housing hub in the heart of Pittsburghs historic Oakland neighborhood. Consisting of three distinct properties, University Commons at Dawson Street, The Lofts at University Commons, and University Commons at McKee Place, our award-winning community is ready to offer you an exceptional living experience. Choosing one of our apartments in Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA, as your new home away from home means enjoying our amenities, variety of floor plans, and a location that is near it all. Set close to Forbes Ave and Fifth Ave, with bus stops within walking distance, reaching PITTs campus, university buildings and the Cathedral of Learning will only take you minutes. This is also true for plenty of retail, restaurants and entertainment destinations nearby like the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Forbes Street Market and all the local food spots. And if you need to venture outside the city, our fast access to nearby highways ensures smooth commutes anywhere you need to be. Living alone or moving in with roommates is a possibility since our floor plans span from studios to five-bedrooms and have spacious living areas along with private bedrooms to fit your lifestyle needs. Hardwood floors, ample closets, fully equipped kitchens with dishwashers, and cable are some of the features you'll enjoy inside your renovated home. More than this, a lush courtyard awaits you to relax after school, and quarterly resident-oriented events help you meet and connect with fellow neighbors! Plus, any mishap and chore can be dealt with in a timely fashion thanks to our on-site maintenance and management team. Give us a call to explore our properties and choose which suits you best!
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Park West 205 Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,440
799 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,730
1119 sqft
At Park West 205, you won’t have to compromise when choosing your new home. Whether it’s a convenient location, an affordable price point, or a custom luxury design at the top of your wish list, Park West 205 has you covered. Our brand-new apartments have a modern design with smart custom finishes. The open floorplans feature master suites with over-sized walk-in closets, a designer kitchen with an island dining/prep area that include stainless steel appliances, full sized washer and dryers in every unit and so much more. Not only are the apartments luxurious, our amenities are as well! You can picture yourself entertaining friends in our impressive industrial-inspired clubhouse replete with multiple smart TVs, a 24 hour coffee station, shuffleboard and pub area or over drinks at the oversized custom bar. You can also start getting after those fitness gains in our 24-hour gym or enjoy the outdoor space by the heated pool, commercial grilling areas or relaxing by the fire pit.
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The Highlands of Montour Run Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,345
655 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,430
901 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,980
1321 sqft
Fully equipped kitchens have microwaves, dishwashers and garbage disposal. Located right by the Montour Run Trail. Enjoy access to a swimming pool, basketball court, off-leash dog park and business center.
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Maiden Bridge & Canongate Apartments Photo Gallery 1
1 of 24
1 Bedroom
$1,245
634 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,530
906 sqft
Minutes to downtown Pittsburgh. Fully equipped kitchen with generous counter space in every home. Community offers a library, fitness center and heated pool. On-site Port Authority Metro stop. Free shuttle to Caste Village shops.
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Crane Village Apartments Photo Gallery 1
1 of 41
1 Bedroom
$950
636 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,190
875 sqft
Country-like setting with controlled access and pet run area. Units feature kitchens with disposals, wall-to-wall carpeting and individual climate control. Close to I-279 and central Pittsburgh.
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Edge 1909 Photo Gallery 1
1 of 38
Verified
11 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$1,741
581 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,412
1378 sqft
Great location in the Strip District close to museums, shops and restaurants. Community features a club room, dog park and panoramic views. Units have white quartz countertops, high ceilings and solar shades.
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Heinz Lofts Photo Gallery 1
1 of 16
Verified
22 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$1,470
573 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,792
1183 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,708
1467 sqft
Heinz Lofts is located at 300 Heinz St Pittsburgh, PA and is managed by APG Living, a reputable property management company with verified listings on RENTCafe. Heinz Lofts offers 1 to 3 bedroom apartments ranging in size from 573 to 2020 sq.ft. Amenities include Air Conditioner, Bike Racks, Business Center, Cable Ready, Carpeting and more. This rental community is pet friendly, welcoming both cats and dogs. Property is located in the 15212 ZIP code. For more details, contact our office at (412) 321-5707 or use the online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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Bakery Living Photo Gallery 1
1 of 45
Verified
16 Units Available
Studio
$1,800
645 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,210
632 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,655
987 sqft
Stone's throw from Bakery Square, these homes feature in-unit laundry, keyless entry, and gourmet kitchens, among other modern amenities. Common amenities include a business center and bike storage.
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Highland Village Photo Gallery 1
1 of 59
2 Bedrooms
$2,375
1450 sqft
Homes with modern kitchens, private balconies, kitchen islands, and hardwood floors. The pet-friendly community has covered parking for residents. Less than 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.
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Hot Metal Flats Photo Gallery 1
1 of 32
Verified
16 Units Available
Studio
$1,285
543 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,455
684 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,645
1051 sqft
A pet-friendly community with an outdoor lounge, bicycle storage, and a heated sundeck for residents. Homes feature private balconies and in-unit laundry. Less than 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.
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Shadyside Commons Photo Gallery 1
1 of 17
1 Bedroom
$1,995
564 sqft
Newly renovated apartments in a historic downtown building near Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh and great city parks. Air-conditioned units with lofts, ceiling fans and oversized closets.
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S. Negley Avenue Photo Gallery 1
1 of 9
1 Bedroom
$1,315
660 sqft
In the heart of the area's universities, near the downtown area, and a short walk from nightlife. Each home offers open living space, ample natural light, and lots of storage. Non-smoking buildings. Pet-friendly.
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5610 Elmer Street Apartments Photo Gallery 1
1 of 17
3 Bedrooms
$2,305
1300 sqft
This charming, beautiful building is near public transportation, the University of Pitt, and Carnegie Mellon. Each home offers updated interiors and several floor plan options. Non-smoking building. Pet-friendly.
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5644 Hempstead Road Photo Gallery 1
1 of 10
Verified
1 Unit Available
1 Bedroom
$1,317
626 sqft
Residents of this community have access to on-site laundry and covered parking at this pet-friendly community. Units have balconies/patios, a full range of appliances and high-speed internet access. Just minutes from Schenley Park and I-376.
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Howe and Maryland Properties Photo Gallery 1
1 of 18
3 Bedrooms
$2,285
1106 sqft
Located near UPMS, West Penn, and the University of Pittsburgh. Exposed brick building. This non-smoking community is on the shuttle stop. Balconies and patios in each home. Pet-friendly.
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Walnut Towers at Frick Park Photo Gallery 1
1 of 28
1 Bedroom
$1,280
775 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,660
1020 sqft
Near Frick Park and public transportation. This community is also minutes from the university. On-site amenities include a fitness center, lounge area, and a pet-friendly space. Short-term leasing available. Non-smoking community.
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Wightman Street Apartments Photo Gallery 1
1 of 11
1 Bedroom
$1,122
550 sqft
Close to Magee Field, the Carnegie Museum and Monongahela River, this community offers on-site bike storage, covered parking, laundry facilities in the building. Units have up to four bedrooms and a full range of appliances.
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Bellefonte Street Apartments Photo Gallery 1
1 of 11
1 Bedroom
$1,565
738 sqft
Near upscale retail shops and trendy restaurant. A short distance from Squirrel Hill and the downtown area. Each community has 24-hour maintenance. All non-smoking buildings. Pet-friendly.
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Holden Street Apartments Photo Gallery 1
1 of 18
3 Bedrooms
$2,480
1375 sqft
Charming community near Walnut Street and the downtown area. Close to the universities. On-site laundry facilities, maintenance services, and green space. Non-smoking community. Pet-friendly. Updated interiors.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much is rent in Pittsburgh?

In Pittsburgh, the average rent is $1,449 for a studio, $1,664 for a 1-bedroom, $1,855 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,173 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Pittsburgh, check out our monthly Pittsburgh Rent Report.

How can I find a cheap apartment in Pittsburgh?

You can filter cheap apartments in Pittsburgh by price: under $700, under $800, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.

How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Pittsburgh?

You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Pittsburgh apartments that allow pets.

How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?

While some Pittsburgh properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.

How much should I pay for rent in Pittsburgh?

The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Pittsburgh.

How can I find off-campus housing in Pittsburgh?

You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Pittsburgh. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Carlow University, University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus, Duquesne University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Point Park University.

Average rent in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

City Guide
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Pittsburgh is $1,664, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,855. Rent rates updated 2 days ago
* Averages are based on the rental prices of properties listed on Apartment List