Life in Pittsburgh
In 2014, The Economist listed Pittsburgh as the most livable city in the United States. The city is a hub for education, medical services, sports, and arts.
Pittsburgh's cultural scene is particularly appealing to many Carnegie Mellon students, as the Arts Pass Program allows them access to many of the city's museums and other attractions for free with their Carnegie Mellon ID card. Both graduate and undergraduate students can gain free access to the following venues throughout the year:
- Carnegie Museum of Art
- Carnegie Museum of Natural History
- Carnegie Science Center and Sportsworks
- The Andy Warhol Museum
- The Mattress Factory
- The National Aviary
- The Frick
- Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Pittsburgh also has a rich theater culture and students can often obtain discounted tickets through various Carnegie Mellon organizations or with their Carnegie Mellon ID card. Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama presents several shows a year (see their website for more information). Other organizations who hold shows throughout the year include:
- The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (Broadway, Pittsburgh CLO, and other performances)
- The Pittsburgh Public Theater
- Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
- Pittsburgh Musical Theater
In the neighborhoods surrounding Carnegie Mellon's campus there are several parks for students to enjoy. Two of the most popular outdoor spots are Frick Park, known for its extensive trails, and Schenley Park, which is situated in the heart of Oakland (For more information on these and other Pittsburgh parks, please visit the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy website).
Other city attractions are the Pittsburgh sports teams: the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL), the Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL), and the Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB) (the Pirates have several "Student Nights" each season and the Penguins host several "Student Rush" nights each year). In the summer, Kennywood Amusement Park and Sandcastle Waterpark are popular destinations.