Basic Needs

At the University of Pittsburgh, we want to ensure that every student has equal access to resources and opportunities that will help them thrive. A recent survey completed by the University on student needs shows how important it is to assist students in whatever situation they are in. We understand that every individual has their own unique set of circumstances and are here to help you succeed!

Founded in 2020, the University’s Basic Needs Committee was formed to ensure that all students have access to access to clean air and water, food, housing, clothing and hygiene, health care, technology, academic and career success services, and transportation — while continuing to address systemic barriers and disparities in access to these resources. The Basic Needs Committee helps fulfill University Equity and Access commitments established in the Pitt Sustainability Plan, which include creating a resource net for students’ physical, social, financial, & mental health needs.


of Pitt Students experience some form of food insecurity

Accessibility Resources

Real College Basic Needs Report

In Fall 2020, Pitt’s Campus Basic Needs Committee administered the Real College Survey in partnership with the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice at Temple University.  Created in 2015, the #RealCollege survey reveals the lived experiences of today’s students outside of classroom instruction and is now the nation’s largest and most well-established annual assessment of students’ basic needs.