Local Atmosphere

Pittsburgh, PA
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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Pittsburgh has a TON of cultural activities (museums, plays, music venues, etc.). Oakland has tons of food and shopping in addition to cultural activities. Nearby Squirrel Hill and Shadyside also have plenty of shopping and great places to eat.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Oakland has a college atmosphere but is not geographically convenient.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Its an overall interaction between residential and commuter interaction between the visiting college students from other schools with a great mixture of activities and the availability of transportation provided.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The city offers alot to do, with many buses that will take you anywhere you need to go. There are many museums, sporting events and other colleges to visit, if you are looking for something to do.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Chatham University is not only located by the heart of the city of Pittsburgh, but is also only minutes away from Squirrel Hill. Both Squirrel Hill and the heart of Pittsburgh feature a variety of restaurants, ice-cream and frozen yogurt spots, coffee shops, gift shops, as well as shoe and apparel shopping outlets. It is very simple to find something fun to do off of campus, and these activities are not far from campus at all.

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Elizabeth Dorssom
Redondo Beach, CA
Women's Studies
Grad Year
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Pittsburgh is a close-knit community with a wealth of restaurants, museums, and off-campus areas for students to enjoy. Chatham students can take the University's Green Machine shuttles to the University of Pittsburgh or Carnegie Mellon University to hang out with off-campus friends or visit any of the museums or hangouts in the Oakland area. Squirrel Hill and Shadyside neighborhoods are within walking distance of campus, and both areas have restaurants and shops for students looking for something to do on a weekend afternoon.

Chatham's location in the heart of Pittsburgh means that a lot of places are within walking distance. Shadyside is about a 20-minute walk from Chatham's front entrance, and Squirrel Hill is a 10-minute walk from the back. Squirrel Hill has a movie theater, a Giant Eagle grocery store, and various independently owned shops and restaurants. Shadyside has small boutiques and a Chipotle, a popular place for Chatham students to eat. Students looking for something a little different might take the bus or drive with friends down to The Waterfront, which has a Dave & Buster’s, T.G.I. Friday's, Target, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Macy's. More adventurous students might try the downtown area, which is easily accessible by bus and full of culture, clubs, bars, and sports. It is next to impossible to get bored in Pittsburgh. There's something to do and always something going on—no matter your budget or what kind of experience you're looking for.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Allegheny County Port Authority was the first mass transit busway system when it opened in 1964.
  2. Chatham University alumna, Rachel Carson, started the environmental movement when she wrote "Silent Spring" about the use of DDT pesticides.
  3. The first ferris wheel opened in Pittsburgh in 1893.
  4. The first ice capades were in Pittsburgh in 1940.
  5. The first Internet emoticon, the smiley face, was invented at Carnegie Mellon University.
  6. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was the first newspaper west of the Alleghenies.
  7. Pittsburgh's KDKA was the first commercial radio station.
  8. Pittsburgh's WQED was the first U.S. public television station.
  9. The polio vaccine was invented by Dr. Jonas Salk at the University of Pittsburgh.
Notable Natives
  • Rachel Carson - environmentalist and Chatham alumna
  • Perry Como - singer
  • Martha Graham - dancer
  • Lena Horne - singer
  • Michael Keaton - actor
  • Gene Kelly - dancer
  • Henry Mancini - musician
  • Dan Marino - NFL quarterback
  • Bobby Vinton - musician
  • August Wilson - Pulitzer Prize-winning writer
Local Slang
  • "Kennywood's open!": Kennywood is a local theme park that has been in operation since 1898. In Pittsburgh, someone saying "Kennywood's open!" usually means your fly is down!
  • Dahntahn: Means Downtown. For example: "Yinz going dahntahn?"
  • Gum Band: Another name for rubber band
  • Hoagie: Pittsburgh's version of a submarine sandwich
  • Jagoff: Jerk. As in, "Yinz jagoffs spilled lemonade on my Stillers jersey!"
  • N'at: Means "and all of that"
  • Nebby: Someone who is prying or being nosey
  • Redd up: Needs to be tidied up
  • Stillers: As in "Steelers," referring to the Pittsburgh Steelers football team
  • Yinz: It means "you all" or everyone. For example: "Yinz going to the movies?"
Points of Interest
  • The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh-Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Science Center, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Andy Warhol Museum (Chatham students can visit all Carnegie museums for free with their student ID)
  • The Duquesne Incline (Chatham students can ride for free with their student ID)
  • Heinz Field
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
  • PNC Park
  • Point State Park
  • Primanti Brothers Restaurant (its sandwich is a Pittsburgh culinary staple)
  • Sandcastle Waterpark
Shopping Centers
  • Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills (features an IMAX movie theater)
  • SouthSide Works
  • The Waterfront
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews Waterfront 22
300 W. Waterfront Dr.
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
CineMagic Manor Theater
1729 Murray Ave.
Squirrel HIll
(412) 422-9851
Movie Theaters
SouthSide Works Cinema
425 Cinema Dr.
South Side
(412) 381-7335
Major Sports Teams
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: NHL
  • Pittsburgh Pirates: MLB
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: NFL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Baltimore: : 4 hours
  • Cleveland: : 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Washington, D.C.: : 4 hours
Did You Know?
During the past decade, more than 50 movies have been filmed in Pittsburgh. Some of the most recent movies filmed in Pittsburgh include: "Abduction," "The Next Three Days," and "The Dark Knight Rises." A scene from "Abduction" was actually filmed in Chatham University's own Athletic & Fitness Center!

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 41 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 9% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 9% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 82% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 42 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 17% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 83% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 42 responses

  • 10% No way.
  • 48% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 43% Totally.



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