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5 College Junior

Local Area: Pittsburgh isn't NY or LA, but I love it and I live in LA. It's a nice city with lots of stuff to do and places to go, you just have to venture away from the campus bubble once in a while. It's a great place to have your college experience.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Pittsburgh is one of the most exciting cities to live in currently and is on the rise. Pittsburgh is the third most college friendly town in the U.S. I am very happy to be a part of such an up and coming city.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: If you love the city, than Pitt is perfect. Oakland is a nice neighborhood of the city that isn't too far away from the main indemnities of Pittsburgh. It also has enough to do in the area of itself. City atmosphere but too crowded. There is enough spacing.

4 College Senior

Local Area: Pittsburgh is a city on its way back up, which is good, and it means there are tons of eco-friendly, and new age things to enjoy. It is still very much hanging on its past though and the museums and parks are a great cultural endeavour.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Pittsburgh is the greatest place on Earth.

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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 190 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 190 responses

  • 85% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 7% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 6% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 190 responses

  • 80% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 19% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 1% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 190 responses

  • 37% Totally.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 9% No way.



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