ABOUT THE UNIONS

WPU Information Desk

Visit one of the student unions’ Information Desks, located on the main floor of the William Pitt Union and the main floor of the O’Hara Student Center. We are here to assist you with questions about the student unions, campus, and sometimes even the city of Pittsburgh!


Services

 

William Pitt Union Information Desk services include:

Lost and Found
  • Items are kept for up to 30 days
  • We do not keep articles of clothing, water bottles, lunch boxes, food, or earbuds
  • Lost Pitt IDs are immediately turned into Panther Central
  • If we don’t have your item, the Pitt Police station is the official lost and found center for the University of Pittsburgh
Will Call

Will Call services available for anyone affiliated with the university

Key Sign Out
  • An activity pass and your Pitt ID are required to check out a key
  • To request an activity pass, visit here.
Banners
  • Banner space must be reserved in EMS for the duration of the hanging. Space can be reserved for up to 14 days.
  • Banner hanging costs approx. $250
  • Banners must be provided by event sponsor with appropriate dimensions and include grommets in all four corners
    • Fifth Avenue side of building
      • Dimensions: 12 ft long x 3 ft wide
    • Bigelow Blvd side of building
      • Dimensions: 10 ft long x 2 ft wide
    • Forbes Avenue side of the building
      • Dimensions : 12 ft long x 3 ft wide
  • Banners should be dropped off to the William Pitt Union information desk a minimum of one day before hanging
  • Banner hanging should be coordinated by the event host and building management. Contact katytufts@pitt.edu to coordinate the date of hanging and tear down.
Upcoming Events Bulletin Boards
  • Anyone affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh may turn in 2 copies of flyers to be hung on the lower level of the building
  • Flyers cannot be commercial or retail-based, including apartment rentals, job openings, etc.
  • Flyers will be reviewed by William Pitt Union staff before being hung for appropriate language and content. Flyers with foreign language must provide at least 1 copy in English
  • Flyers must contain contact information, university student organization or department name, and full details of the event including time, date, and location
Rentals
  • Easels
  • Stanchions
  • Dollys
  • Wheelchair
  • Pianos
    • The upright piano located in the Jazz Hall is available to rent
    • Pianos cannot be rented out prior to classes concluding in the building (10 PM) on weekdays.
    • Additional pianos may be used for practice in the Music Building
 

 

Additional Services

 

William Pitt Union

 
Fitness Center

Click here to see campus Fitness Center Hours.

Schenley Café

On the Lower Level of the William Pitt Union you can enjoy the following eateries:

  • Taco Bell
  • Pizza Hut
  • True Burger (Burgers, Fries)
  • CrEATe (Salads)
  • Ft. Pitt Subs (sandwiches, wraps)

Please see Campus Dining for updated hours.

Open Student Space
  • Reflection Room on the 3rd floor open during business hours
  • Collaborative and Quiet Study Rooms on 3rd and 9th floors open during business hours
  • Dance Studio open studio time: The Dance Studio is available for individual practice by stopping at the information desk.  If we do not have an upcoming reservation, you may use the space as long as you provide us with your Pitt ID

 

Miscellaneous
  • CSSD Computer and Printing Station on main floor. If printer is not working, contact 412-624-4357
  • PNC Bank and Citizens Bank ATMs on main and lower level
  • Campus and outgoing mailboxes

 

 

O’Hara Student Center

 
Thriftsburgh

Check out our Thriftsburgh site for more information.

Student Organization Office Space and Storage

To learn more click here.

Educational Services and Resources

O'Hara is home to various educational resources such as the Math Assistance Center (MAC), and the Student Writing Center.

 

History

 
William Pitt Union

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. Read more about our history or watch a video.

O'Hara Student Center

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 Program, and the Writing Center. To watch a video about our services at the O'Hara Student Center click here.