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The Steel City

Carnegie Mellon is proud to call Pittsburgh home. Choosing Carnegie Mellon is choosing to spend your next four years in a city that's on the move. We've long been known as the Steel City, but these days we're known for innovation. 

You'll be amazed at what Pittsburgh has to offer. You'll cross a lot of bridges, climb a lot of hills, and you'll come to call Pittsburgh home along the way. 

Our biggest export? Innovation.

Pittsburgh is an internationally recognized city, known for its research and industry, world-class medical facilities, corporate headquarters, cultural community and professional sports teams.

Carnegie Mellon is a vital component of the city's DNA. In August of 2017, it was reported that Carnegie Mellon creates approximately $2.7 billion in economic impact each year.

Over 310,000 people work in the Pittsburgh region's tech-related industries, and their ranks continue to grow. Low costs of living, networking opportunities, small business accelerators, and an innovative community make the city appealing to entrepreneurs and start-ups. Pittsburgh is a city of makers and innovators.

Robotics and software engineering lead the way. The city is home to Google, Uber, Intel and Apple offices and a budding ecosystem of tech startups including Duolingo, Modcloth and 4Moms, all of which have Carnegie Mellon roots. With two of the country's largest hospital systems, Pittsburgh's also a hub for health care tech, where startups like Apollo Neuro and Ocean Genomics can thrive. 

Student Life in Pittsburgh

Get Ready to Explore

You can always find something new in our city. Between 90 distinct city neighborhoods and over 86,000 students studying across 10 colleges and universities, Pittsburgh is a dynamic hub for the rigorous demands of student life.

Carnegie Mellon is located in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood, close to the surrounding neighborhoods of Oakland and Shadyside. Carnegie Mellon students need only swipe their ID to gain access to a network of public transportation that will take them anywhere in the city. Students also can use their ID for free access to many of Pittsburgh's prominent cultural institutions, including: 


Get Outside

The Steel City has become known for its green living. Pittsburgh has 1,700 acres of city parks, is bike-friendly, and has more trees per square mile than any other U.S. city. The city also has one of the world’s largest concentrations of certified "green" buildings, including the Phipps Conservatory.

Take a walk or bike ride in Point State Park at the nexus of Pittsburgh's three rivers in the heart of downtown. Point State Park is a waypoint for trails and bike lanes in all directions, including the Great Allegheny Passage that goes all the way to Washington, D.C. 

Thrill seekers may visit Kennywood Park, named among the best theme parks in the nation for its old-fashioned atmosphere and big-league roller coasters. As winter chills the air, take the bus downtown and test your ice-skating skills on the 2,000 square foot outdoor rink at PPG Plaza.

If you just need a break from student life and the bustle of Forbes Avenue, decompress with a walk through Schenley Park. This 456-acre park runs adjacent to our campus and is a popular spot for walking and relaxation. Just keep your eyes peeled for speeding carbon fiber torpedos, as the elevation change in Schenley Park offers a grand stage for Carnegie Mellon's annual Buggy Race


The Great Indoors

Just because you want to stay in doesn't mean you can't go out! There are plenty of ways to see the city without lacing up your hiking boots. 

If you're looking for culture, Pittsburgh has a treasure trove of options, including a night at the opera, a concert from the city's symphony orchestra, or a show in Pittsburgh's Cultural District. You can also cozy up with a book from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, a system that attracts over 2.9 million visitors a year. Its main branch features gorgeous Beaux-Arts architecture and is a short walk from campus.   

How about games? Games N'At and Kickback are stacked with pinball machines, Games Unlimited offers a wide selection of board and tabletop games, and Arsenal Bowling and Swissvale Bowl-A-Rama will let you knock down pins to your heart's content. If you're looking for something more high-octane, axe-throwing at Lumberjaxes or skateboarding at Swissvale's Switch and Signal might be more your forte. 

Yinz hungry?

Eclectic cusine has as much of a heritage in Pittsburgh as steel. If you've got an appetite for inventive, delicious food, our city's got you covered. Check out some of our favorites below: 

Pittsburgh Staples 

  • DiAnoia's - A must if you're visiting the Strip District, this Italian restaurant executes the staples perfectly. The gnocchi, cacio e pepe, and branzino are all fantastic.
  • MadMex - This So-Cal Mexican spot opened its first location in Oakland and is making its way across the country.
  • Nancy's Revival - Nancy's East End Diner was a classic Wilkinsburg diner for decades. The revitalized location keeps the tradition going with locally sourced ingredients.  
  • Pamela's Diner - This diner is famous for super-thin, crepe-like pancakes.
  • Primanti Bros - Pittsburgh works hard, so this original sandwich shop throws your fries right on top of your sandwich for your convienence. Check out the original location in the Strip District.  

Hot Spots

  • Apteka - Get your veggie on! Apteka has some of the most inventive vegan cuisine in the city. 
  • Carmi Soul Food - Originally a small community catering business, this South Side restaurant is now one of the best soul food spots in the city. 
  • Casa Brasil - You'll find three distinct Brazilian traditions in this Highland Park restaurant: Afro-Brazilian, Native Brazilian, and Portuguese. 
  • Noodlehead - A student favorite famous for their Thai street-style cuisine, Noodlehead is also conveniently located next to the perennially popular Millie's Homemade Ice Cream.
  • Pear and the Pickle - Make the climb up Pittsburgh's fifth-steepest street to this Troy Hill cafe. Their reuben's hard to beat.

Take Out and Quick Bites

  • BFG Cafe - Garfield boasts some impressive take-out spots, but this Greek restaurant's especially good if you're looking for vegan and vegetarian food. Plus, their gyros are top-notch. 
  • El Burro - If you have a party to feed and a hankering for burritos, look no further. El Burro is famous for their taco trays and burrito platters, but they also have an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu. A new location in Regent Square now joins the original restaurant in the North Side. 
  • Showcase BBQ - People come from all over the city to visit this Homewood barbeque establishment specializing in both pork and turkey ribs.  

Coffee, Tea and Something Sweet 

  • California Coffee Bar - Named for Brighton Heights' California Ave. business district, California Coffee Bar is true Pittsburgh. Their build-your-own breakfast sandwiches are served all day and rival any in the city.
  • Coffee Tree Roasters - A true student hangout, you can curl up and relax in one of several locations in Oakland, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill.
  • Espresso a Mano - This quaint espresso bar is in the fast-rising Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
  • Gluuteny - This Squirrel Hill bakery boasts an entirely dairy- and gluten-free menu, and many of their goods are also vegan.
  • Prantl's Bakery - In 2018, Food Network named its burnt almond torte the best cake in Pennsylvania. 
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