Carnegie Mellon University

Arriving At Carnegie Mellon

Arrival Checklist

Once you've arrived on campus, use the Settling In Guide checklist of things to do in your first few days to ease your transition to Pittsburgh. More information about these issues will be provided at the scholar orientation.

Transportation to Campus from the Airport

Carnegie Mellon is located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, approximately 20 miles from the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport. There is a public bus service (Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT), formerly the Port Authority of Allegheny County, Bus #28X) directly from the airport to the Carnegie Mellon campus. The bus departs from the lower level of the airport. The final stop the bus makes is in front of Morewood Gardens Residence Hall on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Please visit the Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT) website for more information.


Monday to Sunday 5:55 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. departing every 20-30 minute
Adults $2.75
Children (6 to 11) $1.35
Children (5 & under) Free

Drivers do not carry change, so be prepared with exact change when boarding the bus (in small bills and coins). The trip takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes depending on the time of day. Taxi service from the airport is also available at all times and will cost about $50 to Oakland. The taxi should be metered and a tip of 10-15% of the cost on the meter is usually expected.

Scheduling for Scholar Orientation

OIE hosts an orientation and immigration check-in for new scholars every Thursday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Within the first week of your arrival, email OIE at to register for the next orientation session. This is a required meeting for scholars in J-1 immigration status and is recommended for all new scholars.

The orientation sessions are intended to assist visiting scholars in J, H, F-1 Optional Practical Training, and other immigration/visa categories. In your email to OIE, be sure to include a photocopy of your passport, visa, I-94 departure card, and DS-2019 form, or any other immigration paperwork with you. Spouses are also welcome to attend the orientation session. 

New scholars and visitors find the orientation session to be helpful. In addition to immigration and visa matters, we also discuss practical matters such as the social security number application, health and health insurance, housing, banking, transportation, etc. During orientation, we also complete the immigration check-in that is required for all new scholars in J-1 status.