Carnegie Mellon University

We think you will find that Pittsburgh is a great place to live!

Pittsburgh offers a vibrant, affordable, and friendly lifestyle. With housing costs below the national average, you can easily settle in and make yourself at home in this welcoming city.

Moreover, Pittsburgh has emerged as a sought-after destination for major corporations establishing their presence in the area. Within the region, you'll find a thriving hub of technology and education, offering ample opportunities to advance your career or even launch your own startup after completing your studies.

Cost of Living Index 
Best Places
Cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. A score of 91.8 means Pittsburgh is cheaper than the US average.
Public Transportation
Ride PRT
Free! Your CMU ID card gives you free access to all Pittsburgh Regional Transit routes
Public Green Spaces
Pittsburgh enjoys over 3,600 acres of parkland. Schenley Park is also adjacent to campus, perfect for a quick afternoon hike!
Arts & Entertainment
CMU Arts Pass
While our campus hosts an array of lectures, social events, and performances, there are also many opportunities in the city and its surrounding areas to indulge in your individual interests.

Cost of Living in Pittsburgh

my-project-1-33.pngLiving in Pittsburgh is remarkably affordable, with a low cost of living. You'll find numerous rental options conveniently located within walking or biking distance from campus.

Additionally, all CMU students benefit from complimentary public transportation and access to campus shuttle services, making commuting hassle-free.

Take a look at the chart for a brief overview of average rental rates. Pittsburgh offers excellent value when it comes to housing and overall quality of life.

Average Rental Payment 

Pittsburgh, PA $1,512
Berkeley, CA $3,224
Atlanta, GA $1,813
Ann Arbor, MI $1,956
Manhattan, NY $4,768
Boston, MA $3,926
San Jose, CA $2,961
Palo Alto, CA $3,402
Pasadena, CA $3,004
Austin, TX $1,753
Blacksburg, VA $2,071

RentCafe - February 2024

CMU Off-Campus Housing Office

Life in the 'Burgh

Pittsburgh offers endless opportunities for you to enrich your campus experience!

Discover the vibrant Cultural District in Pittsburgh and enjoy theaters, art galleries, and iconic landmarks like Heinz Hall and the Benedum Center, often at a discounted student rate.

As a student, your ID is an Arts Pass granting free admission to the Carnegie Museums and Phipps Conservatory. 

Indulge in the city's culinary delights, explore local shops, and immerse yourself in the craft brewing scene.

Enjoy outdoor activities with nearby hiking trails, kayaking on the rivers, and winter adventures at ski resorts.