Carnegie Mellon University

Food, shelter and access to transportation are foundational to your basic quality of life as you attend graduate school in Pittsburgh. The resources linked below are provided to help you make the best possible choices about these fundamentals.


Graduate housing is not provided by Carnegie Mellon. Pittsburgh, however, has a variety of affordable housing options, friendly neighborhoods, and easily accessible public transportation. The links below provide assistance to Carnegie Mellon community members who are seeking housing in the communities surrounding the University.


The university operates two separate transportation systems for the convenience and safety of our students, the Shuttle and Escort Services.

Carnegie Mellon is located at the junction of three major neighborhoods (Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, and Oakland) and is within walking distance of restaurants and shops. There are many options such as bike, bus, carpool, and Zipcars.

Graduate students may ride any Port Authority Transit (PAT) vehicle (bus, train (The "T"), or incline with a Photo ID card. Maps and schedules are available to help you plan your route. Paper copies are available at the Cohon University Center.   

Dining Services has over 30 concepts located throughout the Pittsburgh campus. Dining options range from global cuisines, to healthy fresh vegetables and lean proteins, to indulgent pizzas and wings. Several eateries are dedicated to vegan and vegetarian meals, and there are kosher and halal options as well.

Dining Services offers several meal options to choose from that can be used at various locations both on- and off-campus.