Learn About Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a vibrant, mid-sized city with the feel of a small town.  The strength of Pittsburgh lies in the friendliness of its people and the beauty of its landscape. A city of 90 neighborhoods, three rivers and year-round fun! Spend time in Pittsburgh and see why everyone, from the Travel Channel to National Geographic Traveler, is raving. Conde Nast Traveler named Pittsburgh one of the "Top 15 Places to Go in 2015!"

You can find everything you need within walking distance of campus or you can take the city PAT bus, free with your Carnegie Mellon ID, to places in town where you can shop, dine, and hang out with friends.

Popular places include Walnut Street, 1.5 miles from campus, in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. It is most well known for its upscale shopping, fine dining, and private boutiques. Some stores include Apple, American Apparel, Banana Republic, Chico's, Coach, Gap, J. Crew, Moda, Pottery Barn, Talbots, United Colors of Benetton, Victoria's Secret, White House Black Market and Williams-Sonoma.

Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill also boasts unique store fronts and many places to dine while South Craig Street, which is on the west side of campus, is a place students frequently visit for a casual dining experience.

One of America's Most Livable Cities

Carnegie Mellon's main campus is located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It's a great town. And we're not just saying that because we live here. Check out some of these stories about Pittsburgh:

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Pittsburgh is a sports town. And a cultural town. And a zoo town. Carnegie Mellon students can often be found attending a Pirates game, visiting the Andy Warhol Museum, hiking through Frick Park and riding the incline up Mount Washington to enjoy one of the best city views in the nation.

Professional Sports

In Pittsburgh, the "black and gold" could mean any of our professional sports teams. The six-time Super Bowl champion Steelers make their home at Heinz Field, while our baseball team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, play at PNC Park. Our hockey team, the Penguins, skate at the Consol Energy Center, located in the uptown district of Pittsburgh.

Zoo, Aquarium and Aviary

The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is one of America's few zoo and aquarium combinations. With animals from the endangered snow leopard to the giant elephant to the western lowland gorilla, Pittsburgh Zoo boasts habitats like the Asian Forest, the African Savanna and the Water's Edge polar bear exhibit. And the aquarium features penguins, sharks and a crawl-through stingray tunnel.

The National Aviary, on Pittsburgh's North Side, is the nation's only independent, indoor, non-profit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. At the aviary, you'll find winged wonders from the smallest hummingbirds to the lofty red-crowned cranes.


Pop Art comes alive at Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum. (Did you know: Warhol attended Carnegie Institute of Technology — now named Carnegie Mellon University). Even more contemporary art — installation art — will surround you at The Mattress Factory. What once was an industrial plant for bed-making is now one of the few museums of its kind. Anywhere.

But, if you're looking for a wide range of styles and periods, The Carnegie Museum of Art is a must-see. Within the same structure as the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the art museum contains the largest collection of plaster casts of architectural masterpieces in America and one of the three largest in the world.

Looking for something different? Check out the Carnegie Science Center for an array of exhibits that connect science and technology with everyday life. Carnegie Mellon also participates in many community partnerships like the Arts Pass Program that provides free admission for students to some of Pittsburgh's most interesting attractions.

Outdoor Parks and Slopes

Just a jaunt away from Carnegie Mellon's campus, Frick Park is the city's largest park, covering 600 acres. Schenley Park is even closer to campus and offers an outdoor pool, skating rink and plenty of open space to play sports.

When the temperature falls, so does the snow. Skiers and snowboarders can strap on their gear and visit two winter destinations within 90 minutes of campus. Hidden Valley and Seven Springs Mountain Resorts feature both down-hill and cross-country trails.

Pittsburgh Incline

A view of the city's skyline is rarely better than from atop Mount Washington, just 10 minutes from Carnegie Mellon's campus. To get the panoramic view, Pittsburghers and tourists alike often ride the Duquesne Incline. Featuring two original 1877 cable cars, the incline travels from a low-lying area in the South Side to the top of one of Pittsburgh's most famous hills — Mount Washington — home to eclectic eateries and historic neighborhoods.