Local Atmosphere

Pittsburgh, PA
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The activities around the school are often very scarce. La Roche is a small campus so we often have small dances in the college center square. The only places around the campus are a mall and a movie theater. People often enjoy going to the park near the campus. The students here are friendly and diverse.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: We have great mall, but if you want to do anything you have you go into the city of Pittsburgh.

2 College Student

Local Atmosphere: There is not that many exciting activities to do at La Roche. I am a commuter, and I have asked residents if they like the "college life", and they say they are very bored.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I personally love the area. It may be cheating since it is my home but I really do love it. From being 15 minutes from the city life to the relaxing suburban feel of the area surrounding LRC and now the soon to be Cinemark theater in McCandless, it's a beautiful area.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: La Roche is in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. The city is minutes away. There are many things to do in Pittsburgh but not being downtown limits what there is to do within the area. The campus is beautiful but not considered an "average college". Everyone, students, faculty, staff, is nice and friendly; everyone knows eachother practically.


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Amy Pennington
Zelienople, Pa.
Writing/French minor
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La Roche is located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh in a suburban area where the College's immediate surroundings include a housing development, an apartment complex, and a bar. If you do not have a car, the off-campus entertainment options are hard to get to due to the lack of public transportation in this section of the Pittsburgh area. Access to entertainment is much easier for students with cars. Many restaurants and shopping centers line the route from La Roche to downtown Pittsburgh, so there are numerous options in regard to places to escape college life—if you have the proper transportation.

Once you get to the heart of Pittsburgh, there is a large number of bars, clubs, and coffeehouses, which provide excellent places to mix and mingle with other people from the area. Hookah bars and small boutiques are sprinkled throughout the city, as well. For those interested in theater and music, places like Heinz Hall and the Benedum Center host a wide range of performances. Sports fans can take a trip to PNC Park to watch the Pirates play or visit Heinz Field for a Steelers game. Even though the area immediately surrounding La Roche College might not provide students with as many fun activities as they would like, Pittsburgh has quite a few points of interest.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Pittsburgh is frequently named America's "Most Livable City."
  2. The first simultaneous heart, liver, and kidney transplant was done here at Presbyterian-University Hospital.
  3. Many films have been shot in the Pittsburgh area, such as "Angels In The Outfield" (1951), "Night Of The Living Dead" (1968), "Slap Shot" (1977), "The Deer Hunter" (1978), "Flashdance" (1982), "The Silence Of The Lambs" (1990), "Dogma" (1999), "The Mothman Prophecies" (2001), "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012), and many more.
  4. Pittsburgh is home to eight Fortune 500 companies.
  5. Called the "City of Bridges," Pittsburgh has 446 bridges. Its title as the city with the most bridges in the world is questionable, depending on your definition of a "bridge."
Notable Natives
  • Christina Aguilera – singer
  • Marc Bulger – NFL quarterback
  • Rachel Carson – marine biologist and conservationist
  • Michael Chabon – writer
  • Mark Cuban – business magnate, investor, philanthropist
  • Mike Ditka – NFL player and coach
  • Jeff Goldblum – actor
  • Henry J. Heinz – businessman
  • Michael Keaton – actor
  • Gene Kelly – actor, singer, dancer
  • Henry Mancini – composer
  • Bret Michaels – rock star, reality TV personality
  • Dan Marino – NFL quarterback
  • Jay Mariotti – sports columnist
  • Dean Martin – singer
  • Andrew W. Mellon – American businessman
  • Dennis Miller – comedian, actor
  • Joe Namath – American football quarterback
  • Arnold Palmer – golfer
  • Fred Rogers (a.k.a. "Mr. Rogers") – American educator, television host
  • Andy Warhol – artist
  • August Wilson – playwright
Local Slang
  • Buggy: Shopping cart
  • The 'Burgh: Pittsburgh's nickname
  • Chipped ham: Thinly-sliced deli meat
  • Gum band: Rubber band
  • Slippy: Slippery
  • Stillers: The Steelers
  • The Strip: The Strip District, famous for its wholesalers
  • Yinz: You guys
Points of Interest
  • Andy Warhol Museum
  • Carnegie Science Center
  • Duquesne Incline
  • Mattress Factory Art Museum
  • National Aviary
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Shopping Centers
  • McIntyre Square
  • Northway Mall
  • Ross Park Mall
Movie Theaters
Rave Motion Pictures Pittsburgh North 11
9700 McKnight Rd.
(724) 935-5770
Movie Theaters
Waterworks Cinemas
930 Freeport Rd.
(412) 784-1402
Major Sports Teams
  • Pittsburgh Penguins : NHL
  • Pittsburgh Pirates: MLB
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: NFL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Cleveland: OH: 2 hours
  • Philadelphia: PA: 5 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 12 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 13 responses

  • 8% Painfully remote.
  • 31% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 46% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 8% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 8% 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 14 responses

  • 29% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 57% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 14% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 13 responses

  • 8% No way.
  • 77% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 15% Totally.



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