Living in Pittsburgh

Once a center for the production of steel, iron and glass, Pittsburgh now works on the cutting edge of technology. From artificial intelligence and robotics, to energy and health care it is no wonder that the “Steel City” is consistently recognized as an innovation hub. We even put french fries on our sandwiches.

So what makes this city so great?

city of pittsburgh skyline

The cultural scene

With Carnegie Mellon’s Art Pass Program, students have free access to cultural attractions across Pittsburgh. These include the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, the Carnegie Science Center, Andy Warhol Museum, and National Aviary. Also, be sure to check out the >Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the many theaters, and comedy clubs in the area.

Foodie heaven

Whether you like your French fries stacked inside your sandwich or sprinkled onto your salad, Pittsburgh’s food scene has something for everyone. The city was recently named the best food city in the country by Zagat, and for good reason. Do yourself a favor and head to Pamelas on a Saturday morning for hotcakes, and then swing by Primanti Bros. for lunch, or maybe sample the revolving menu of cuisine in the Strip District, Shadyside and Squirrel Hill.

“City of Champions”

Between the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates, Pittsburgh sports teams have won 18 professional championships. Catch a game at Heinz Field or PNC Park to see not only a good game but a stunning view of the city skyline over the river. The Penguins offer great seats at an affordable price through their “Student Rush” program. Don your black and gold because there's no shortage of pride in this winning city!

Go green

Pittsburgh makes it easy to escape the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life. The city is home to several large city parks, adding up to about 2,000 acres of beautiful, natural land where you can hike, jog or relax Pittsburgh is also a leader in sustainability, boasting 39+ LEED-certified buildings like Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a free attraction for students with their student ID.

Safety and convenience

Pittsburgh has been ranked the third most livable city in the United States by The Economist Intelligence Unit. Neighborhoods like Shadyside, Squirrel Hill and Oakland, home to CMU’s campus, are affordable, conveniently located and have very low crime rates. Vibrant nightlife is just a walk away, and Pittsburgh’s bus system is an efficient and free way to get around with your student ID.