Local Atmosphere

Pittsburgh, PA
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$26,280 ($16,590)
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is always something going on in the city.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: its fine if u are 21

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The rich history is what gives Pittsburgh such a great vibe and provides the people with great places to visit; Like the museums or old churches.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Located in a part of Pittsburgh specifically designed for different colleges to be, you will meet different people from the nearby schools often. As a Pitt student, you can ride the buses and go to museums for free! There are stores along fifth for anything you need. Even so, due to the fact that its located in a city, Pitt does not offer too many parks on campus to play games at. There is Schenley Park but it is a bit of a hike to get to. The parking also is very limited and expensive since it is in a city. There are also expensive and non-expensive places to eat from McDonalds to Joe Mama's, an expensive Italian place. With regards to the professional sports teams, the Penguins offer student rush tickets to any college/high school discounted tix before the game. The Pirates can be relatively cheap, depending on the game you want to go to, but Steelers games are relatively hard depending on how good the team is.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love the Oakland and Pittsburgh area. There is always plenty to do

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Courtney Vock
Pittsburgh, PA
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Students love the busy city life of Pittsburgh that lacks the stress of being overwhelmed by an area too large to explore. There are so many different things to do and different colleges to interact with that most students have no complaints about the atmosphere in and around campus. In the Oakland area alone, there is enough to do that you can have fun and easily stay within walking distance of Pitt. Exploring other neighborhoods around Pittsburgh is sure to expand your experience of living here tenfold.

One of the main complaints about Oakland is the number of panhandlers. Over time, students figure out that these people are harmless. There are a few areas of the city that you should stay away from, including some parts of East Liberty and the Hill District, for example. Like any city, there are places that you shouldn't go to if you don't know your way around. The few "bad areas" of the city are mostly out of the way, and there's really no reason that students would ever need to go there. These areas are also out of the way so it is unlikely that you will stumble into them accidentally. Nearly every neighborhood has something to offer, from upscale dining and shopping in Shadyside to nightlife and restaurants in the South Side and Station Square and the cultural districts of Downtown and the North Side. Top everything off with three sports teams, the extensive Carnegie Library and museum system, and you have a well-rounded city atmosphere to enhance your college experience.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Pittsburgh is the only city whose sports teams all share the same team colors: black and gold!
  2. More than 120 major motion pictures have been filmed in Pittsburgh, including The Silence of the Lambs and Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
  3. There are 446 bridges in Pittsburgh, earning the city one of its nicknames: City of Bridges.
  4. Pittsburgh's Schenley Park is one of the largest in-city parks on the East Coast. It contains plenty of biking and hiking trails, along with an ice rink, swimming pool, and golf course.
  5. The city boasts 33 colleges and universities, and sees over 100,000 students return to school each fall.
Notable Natives
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Rachel Carson
  • Annie Dillard
  • Stephen Foster
  • Gregg Gillis (Girl Talk)
  • Jeff Goldblum
  • Ahmad Jamal
  • Michael Keaton
  • Gene Kelly
  • Dennis Miller
  • Zachary Quinto
  • Fred Rogers
  • George Romero
  • Gertrude Stein
  • Andy Warhol
  • August Wilson
Local Slang
  • Gumband: Rubber band
  • Pop: What a Pittsburgher calls soda
  • Redd up: To clean up
  • Yinz (yunz): Rumored to have originated from "you ones;" similar meaning as "y'all"
Points of Interest
  • Andy Warhol Museum
  • Benedum Center
  • Carnegie Museums
  • Carnegie Science Center
  • Heinz Field
  • Heinz Hall
  • Kennywood Amusement Park
  • Mattress Factory
  • Pittsburgh Zoo
  • PNC Park
  • PPG Place
  • The Strip District
Shopping Centers
  • Downtown
  • The Mall at Robinson
  • Monroeville Mall
  • Pittsburgh Mills
  • Ross Park Mall
  • Shadyside Shops
  • South Side Works
  • The Waterfront
Movie Theaters
AMC at the Waterfront
300 W. Waterfront Dr.
(412) 462-6384
Movie Theaters
Manor Cinemagic Theaters
1729 Murray Ave.
Squirrel Hill
(412) 422-7729
Movie Theaters
South Side Works Cinema
425 Cinema Dr.
South Side
(412) 381-7335
Major Sports Teams
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: hockey
  • Pittsburgh Pirates: baseball
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Cleveland: OH: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Philadelphia: PA: 5 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 155 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 156 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 6% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% 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.
  • 84% 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 156 responses

  • 1% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 19% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 81% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 156 responses

  • 10% No way.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 36% Totally.



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