Carnegie Mellon University

Accommodations & Living in Pittsburgh

Arriving in Pittsburgh

If you are an international student, upon your arrival in Pittsburgh, you must check in with OIE, attend the International Student Orientation, and sign the necessary I-20 paperwork. All students, at your earliest convenience you should also go to the HUB (lower level of Warner Hall) to obtain your student photo ID.  

  • Instead of waiting in line to get your Student ID card picture taken, you may email a photo of yourself to The HUB before you arrive in Pittsburgh.
  • Your student ID gives you many benefits: Free bus transportation, museum/arts pass, gym, building access, etc.

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is an urban campus situated on 143 acres and is surrounded by many housing options. Many CMU students look for housing in one of the surrounding neighborhoods, such as Shadyside, Squirrel Hill or Oakland.  There are many rental options and it also allows for short commute times to campus.  Graduate students often secure accommodations before arriving in Pittsburgh through, Facebook, Craigslist or other social media or websites, or enlist the help of other students.

  • Take the Port Authority Bus 28X or Uber from the Pittsburgh International Airport directly to the CMU campus and/or local Oakland neighborhood hotels near campus. For a complete list of bus schedules, visit the Port Authority website.