Discover Pittsburgh

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 170,000 people work in Pittsburgh'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 emerging as a city of makers that The Atlantic calls "the next tech mecca." Pittsburgh was also recently ranked as one of the top 25 U.S. cities for millennials .

Robotics and software engineering lead the way. The city is home to Google, Uber, Disney Research, Intel and Apple offices and a budding ecosystem of tech startups including Duolingo, Modcloth and 4Moms, all of which have Carnegie Mellon roots.

Student Life in Pittsburgh

You can always find something new in our city. Between 90 distinct city neighborhoods and over 85,000 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 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-fibre torpedos, as the elevation change in Schenley Park offers a grand stage for Carnegie Mellon's annual Buggy Race. 

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Yinz hungry?

Sorry to break it to you, but avoiding the freshman fifteen is difficult in a city with world-class, dynamic cuisine. Check out some of our favorites below: 

Pittsburgh Staples 

Pamela's Diner - 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. 

MadMex - This So-Cal Mexican spot opened its first location in Oakland and is making its way across the country.

Mercurio's - A hot slice of pizza and cool gelato is perfect walking distance from campus on a sunny day!


Gaucho Parilla - Hands down a Pittsburgh favorite. Argentinian food that draws an omnipresent line up the 16th Street bridge. Come hungry!

Noodlehead - A student favorite famous for their Thai street-style cuisine. Follow up with some Millie's Homemade Ice Cream next door.

Apteka - Get your veggie on! Some of the most inventive vegan cuisine in the city. 

Daphne Café - Turkish & Mediterranean cuisine only a short walk from campus featuring halal and kosher items. 

Coffee Fix

Tazza D'Oro - This OG of craft coffee in Pittsburgh has two locations on campus: one in the Tepper Quad, and the other in the Gates-Hillman Center.

Coffee Tree Roasters - A true student hangout, with several locations in Oakland, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill.

Espresso a Mano - Quaint espresso bar in the fast-rising Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

De Fer Coffee & Tea - Trivia, latte art competitions, study sessions, they can do it all.

Accolades? Yep, we've got those.

People are talkin' about us:

  • Only US City to Make the National Geographic 2019 Cool List | National Geographic
  • Top 25 - Best Big Cities to Live In | WalletHub
  • Top 25 - Best College Towns & Cities in America | WalletHub
  • #2 - Top 25 Cities in the US for People Under 25 | CNBC
  • #1 - Top Cities for Jobs | Glassdoor/USA Today
  • #4 - Best Cities for New College Grads | SmartAsset
  • #1 - Top Food Cities of 2015 | Zagat
  • #8 - Top Cities Techies Should Consider Moving to | The Huffington Post
  • #2 - Most Livable Cities in America | The Economist
  • #2 - Best Ballparks in America | Baseball America
  • #1 - Best Cities for Football Fans | WalletHub
  • 8 - Number of James Beard Semi-Finalist Chefs & Restaraunters | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • 1 of Traveler's Choice Destinations on the Rise | TripAdvisor

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