Student Unions

WELCOME TO our Student Unions!

Located in the heart of our bustling campus community, our Student Unions offer you safe, welcoming, and convenient spaces to relax, study, socialize, and more. Whether you’re looking to grab lunch, a quick workout, or some quiet study time, you’ll find what you need at either the William Pitt Union or the O’Hara Student Center. Our goal is to help you feel at home and do what you love.

The William Pitt Union (WPU) was originally built in 1898 as the Hotel Schenley, which was considered by many as the “class hotel of the 20th century. After being sold to the University in 1956, the building originally served as both a men’s dormitory and a student union. In 1980, the WPU underwent major renovation and expansion efforts in response to Pitt’s growing student population. However, the building still features much of its original Louis XV architecture. Although it has great historical significance, the WPU continues to evolve in order to serve the ever-changing needs of our diverse student body.
Formerly known as the Concordia Club, the O’Hara Student Center is a three-story student union, housing both academic and student activity programs. After being acquired by the University in 2009, the building underwent major renovations to more effectively accommodate student events and meetings. The first floor includes space for studying and socializing, along with a dining room that doubles as meeting space. Meanwhile, the second floor boasts a 450-person-capacity ballroom. The O’Hara also houses the Math Assistance Center, the Freshmen Studies Program, and the Writing Center.