From Steel City to Tech Town
Carnegie Mellon is proud to call Pittsburgh home — and we think you will be, too. Our hard-working reputation was built on steel, but these days we're known for innovation.
You'll be amazed at what Pittsburgh has to offer. During the next four years, you'll cross a lot of bridges, climb a lot of hills, encounter all kinds of cultures — and come to call this home along the way.
World-renowned and Community-focused
Pittsburgh is an internationally recognized city, known for its research and industry, world-class medical facilities, corporate headquarters, cultural community and professional sports teams.
Over 310,000 people work in the Pittsburgh region'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 startups.
Home of Mark Makers and Risk Takers
Robotics and software engineering lead the way. The city is home to Google, Uber, Intel and Apple offices and a budding ecosystem of tech startups including Duolingo, Modcloth and 4Moms, all of which have Carnegie Mellon roots. With two of the country's largest hospital systems, Pittsburgh's also a hub for health care tech, where startups like Apollo Neuro and Ocean Genomics can thrive.
Carnegie Mellon is a vital component of the city's DNA. In August of 2017, it was reported that the university creates approximately $2.7 billion in economic impact each year.
Student Life in Pittsburgh
For the Enthusiastic Explorers
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 Oakland neighborhood, close to the surrounding neighborhoods of Squirrel Hill and Shadyside. Students need only swipe their ID to gain access to a network of public transportation that will take them anywhere in the city. Your student ID also provides access to many of Pittsburgh's prominent cultural institutions, including:
- The Andy Warhol Museum
- August Wilson African American Cultural Center
- Carnegie Museum of Art
- Carnegie Museum of Natural History
- Carnegie Science Center & Highmark SportsWorks
- Kelly Strayhorn Theater
- Mattress Factory
- The National Aviary
- Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
- Senator John Heinz History Center
If You’re into the Outdoors
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.
You don’t have to go very far to find a green space: Schenley Park runs adjacent to our campus. Its 456 leafy acres are ideal for a stroll, study time or relaxation. Just keep your eyes peeled for speeding carbon fiber torpedoes, as the elevation change in Schenley Park offers a grand stage for Carnegie Mellon's annual Buggy Race.
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 that goes all the way to Washington, D.C.
Thrill seekers can 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're Wild About Culture
Just because you want to stay indoors doesn't mean you can't go out! There are plenty of ways to see the city without lacing up your hiking boots.
If you're looking for culture, Pittsburgh has a treasure trove of options, including a night at the opera, a concert from the city's symphony orchestra or a show in Pittsburgh's Cultural District. You can also cozy up with a book from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, a system that attracts over 2.9 million visitors a year. Its main branch features gorgeous Beaux-Arts architecture and is a short walk from campus.
If You're Serious About Playing Games
Kickback is stacked with pinball machines, Games Unlimited offers a wide selection of board and tabletop games, and Arsenal Bowling and Swissvale Bowl-A-Rama(opens in new window) will let you knock down pins to your heart's content. If you're looking for something more high-octane, axe-throwing at Lumberjaxes or skateboarding at Swissvale's Switch and Signal might be more your forte.
For the Cuisine Cravers
Eclectic cuisine has as much of a heritage in Pittsburgh as steel. If you've got an appetite for delicious, inventive, multicultural food, our city's got you covered. Check out some of our favorites below:
- Carmi Soul Food - Originally a small community catering business, this South Side restaurant is now one of the best soul food spots in the city.
- MadMex - This So-Cal Mexican spot opened its first location in Oakland and is making its way across the country.
- Nancy's Revival - Nancy's East End Diner was a classic Wilkinsburg diner for decades. The revitalized location keeps the tradition going with locally sourced ingredients.
- Pamela's Diner - This diner is 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 convenience. Check out the original location in the Strip District.
- Apteka - Get your veggie on! Apteka has some of the most inventive vegan cuisine in the city.
- DiAnoia's - A must if you're visiting the Strip District, this Italian restaurant executes the essentials perfectly. The gnocchi, cacio e pepe and branzino are all fantastic.
- Casa Brasil - You'll find three distinct Brazilian traditions in this Highland Park restaurant: Afro-Brazilian, Native Brazilian and Portuguese.
- Noodlehead - A student favorite famous for their Thai street-style cuisine, Noodlehead is also conveniently located next to the perennially popular Millie's Homemade Ice Cream.
Take Out and Quick Bites
- BFG Cafe - Garfield boasts some impressive take-out spots, but this Greek restaurant's especially good if you're looking for vegan and vegetarian food. Plus, their gyros are top-notch.
- El Burro - If you have a party to feed and a hankering for burritos, look no further. El Burro is famous for their taco trays and burrito platters, but they also have an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu. A new location in Regent Square now joins the original restaurant in the North Side.
- Showcase BBQ - People come from all over the city to visit this Homewood barbeque establishment specializing in both pork and turkey ribs.
Coffee, Tea and Something Sweet
- California Coffee Bar - Named for Brighton Heights' California Ave. business district, California Coffee Bar is true Pittsburgh. Their build-your-own breakfast sandwiches are served all day and rival any in the city.
- Coffee Tree Roasters - A true student hangout, you can curl up and relax in one of several locations in Oakland, Shadyside and Squirrel Hill.
- Everyday Cafe - This Homewood coffee shop with a cause offers space for community and connection along with breakfast, lunch and a great cup of coffee.
- Espresso a Mano - This quaint espresso bar is in the fast-rising Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
- Prantl's Bakery - In 2018, Food Network named its burnt almond torte the best cake in Pennsylvania. Sorry, funnel cake!
Accolades? Yep, we've got those.
People are talking about us.
- National Geographic named Pittsburgh to their 2019 Cool List.
- Budget Travel included Pittsburgh in the 10 Most Welcoming Cities in the US.
- WalletHub ranks Pittsburgh as the 7th best city for STEM professionals.
- Niche ranked Pittsburgh #10 in Best Cities for Young Professionals in America.
- Pittsburgh is ranked the #1 city for NFL fans and the #2 city for NHL fans.
- Valuer has recognized Pittsburgh as a top up-and-coming startup city to watch.
- Pittsburgh was named in the top 20 college towns in the U.S. by WalletHub.
- Pittsburgh is named as Pennsylvania's best travel destination according to Travel Pulse.