Student Homes

Seton Hill University

In November 2005, the City adopted the student home ordinance as a proactive approach to protect the health, safety and welfare of students and residents in our neighborhoods.  The City's goal is to have students housed in homes or apartments in compliance with proper building codes, i.e., fire detection systems, etc.  Additional concerns include overcrowding and the impact additional parking needs will have on neighborhoods that already have limited on-street parking.

Requirements for student homes include but are not limited to:

    • registration by landlords with the Planning Department before August 1st each year for issuance of a 1-year student home permit based upon an approved code compliance inspection of the premises
    • student homes cannot be located within 500 feet of another student home with the exception of student homes located in the Downtown District
    • no more than five (5) students may occupy a student home
    • a dwelling occupied by two or less graduate students does not constitute a student home
    • adequate off-street parking approval(s) from the Planning Department

Click the following link to register your Student Home:

Student Home Registration Form

Click the following links to access recent amendments adopted by City Council in July 2008:

(Please note:  if you experience difficulty downloading forms or PDF files, right-click on the link and paste it to your desktop to print. Thank you.)

Student Home Ordinance Amendment July 2008
Attachment 265-3 Downtown District Map
Attachment 265-4 Historic  District Map
Attachment 264-4 (2)

Zoning information may be obtained by calling the office at 724-838-4335.

These amendments have been incorporated into the City Code which you may access by clicking this link City Code of Ordinances and searching Chapter 265.   In addition, landlords may also want to review and become familiar with Chapters 205-Property Maintenance, 215-Rental Property and 135-Uniform Construction Codes.