FAQs--Life as a Graduate Student

Q: What about housing for graduate students?

The University provides special floors in residence halls for graduate and law students. Many graduate students live off-campus either in nearby apartment houses or in one of Pittsburgh's many interesting neighborhoods. For a large city, housing costs in Pittsburgh are reasonable and there is a wide range of options available for off-campus living. The Office of Commuter Affairs has information regarding off-campus housing.

Q: Can I purchase a meal plan?

Yes. Whether you live on- or off-campus, there are meal plan options available to you. Check out the Dining website for more information. 

Q: Who can I talk to if I'm feeling overwhelmed about adjusting to graduate school or if I'm struggling with personal issues?

The University's Counseling and Wellbeing Center provides support that enables students to live a meaningful life based on a mind/body/spirit approach to wellbeing, an approach that honors the fundamental dignity of the human person by valuing him/her in his/her totality. As a graduate student, you have full access to every resource within the Counseling and Wellbeing Center.

Q: Are there extracurricular or professional groups on campus for graduate students to join?

Yes. Many of the student organizations on campus are open to both undergraduate and graduate students. You can see the entire list of student organizations here.

All graduate students are automatically members of the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC). The GPSC has monthly meetings to discuss any issues or concerns of the graduate students. GPSC representatives serve as the graduate student representatives on university administrative committees including the Graduate Council, Library Council, Student Government Association, etc. GPSC will therefore also discuss any concerns or questions from the university administration to provide them with an overall response from the graduate and professional students.

GPSC provides an opportunity to meet other graduate and professional students. Several events for professional development and socializing are planned by GPSC each year.

Duquesne University Volunteers (DUV) offers unique opportunities for graduate students interested in volunteering within the Pittsburgh region and other locations around the country and the world.

Q: What resources and facilities do I have access to as a graduate student?

As a graduate student, you are a part of the student body at Duquesne University. As a result, you have access to all of the student resources and student facilities on campus. These resources and facilities include but are not limited to: