City of Pittsburgh at night
Along with a number of other factors, we feel that the location of a campus
is extremely important in determining which college or university is
right for you. You may find yourself asking questions like how close
or far away from home do I want to be? Would I feel more comfortable
in an urban, rural, or suburban environment? Making an informed decision
will help you gain the most from your college experience. Take a moment
to become acquainted with the University of Pittsburgh and the city
of Pittsburgh by watching our series of short videos!
Explore Pitt from Home
The University of Pittsburgh’s campus is located in Oakland, one
of the cultural hubs of Pittsburgh and about three miles from the downtown
business district of the city. As a Pitt student you have unlimited
access to our public transit system, free of charge, anywhere in the
county! On Pitt’s 132-acre campus, you are within 10 to 15 walking
minutes of most campus facilities. If you want to ride rather than walk,
you can take advantage of an extensive bus and shuttle system. Take
a virtual tour and
see for yourself.
Recognized for its unique blend of cultural, educational, technological,
and medical resources, Pittsburgh has repeatedly been cited as one of
the most livable cities in the United States by a variety of publications
over the past twenty years. The city of Pittsburgh has a reputation
of being one of the safest large metropolitan areas in the country.
With an expanding technological reputation, coupled with its role as
a center for advanced health care systems and educational enterprises,
Pittsburgh is a dynamic urban university center. Pittsburgh’s
vast resources provide excellent learning opportunities for our students.
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The University of Pittsburgh is an integral part of this landscape,
offering students access to the area's lively culture. In Oakland, students can take advantage of the
Carnegie Complex, which consists of the
Carnegie Museum of Art,
Carnegie Museum of Natural History,
Carnegie Music Hall, and
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, and 450-acre Schenley Park, one
of the largest parks within an inner-city on the east coast, are within
walking distance. Admission to the garden and conservatory are free
to Pitt students with a valid student ID. Students enjoy tennis, golf, swimming,
and free movies at the park during the summer and ice-skating throughout
With such a talented student body, you won’t have to leave campus to
enjoy plays, concerts, dance, or art. We offer:
Kuntu Repertory Theatre
Creates and produces theatre that explores African American culture
from a historical, spiritual, and political perspective.
Black Dance Workshop
Performs a wide range of ethnic dance styles and techniques such as
jazz, African, spiritual, and Dunham Technique.
Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
MCG Jazz's mission is to preserve, present and promote jazz. Through our performances, we strengthen the long
time Pittsburgh jazz community and contribute to the overall cultural and artistic diversity of the region.
Through our live recordings we reach a national and international audience – a market we'd like to grow. Through
our educational programs we are able to have students attend the concerts at low or no cost to them, make artists
available for master classes and provide opportunities for internships in production and marketing.
Pitt Jazz Ensemble
The University of Pittsburgh Jazz Ensemble, founded by Dr. Nathan Davis
in 1969, is recognized internationally as one of the best collegiate
Jazz groups performing today. Under the direction of Dr. Davis, the
ensemble has performed around the globe, garnering critical praise and
providing native audiences with the exciting sounds of Jazz.
Pitt African Music and Dance Ensemble
The Ensemble, under the direction of part-time dance instructor, Oronde
S. Sharif, promotes educational and creative presentations, performances,
and workshops which inform the community about the culture of Africa
and the Diaspora.
If you want to leave campus to catch a movie, see a Broadway show, or
do some shopping we provide free access to the public transportation
system for all of our students! We also offer Pitt Arts which
connects students to the vibrant Pittsburgh cultural community. Pitt Arts has enriched and deepened the quality
of life for students at the University of Pittsburgh through engagement of theatre, ballet, symphony and opera.
Trips to arts events for Pitt undergraduates, which include free tickets, transportation, and a catered reception,
feature extraordinary encounters with international artists and thinkers in the arts. Students are able to engage
in dialogue with arts leaders and learn how the arts can drive change and forge social bonds as well as entertain.
Pitt Arts believes that students become more well-rounded people and invested global citizens through their
exposure to the fine arts. Everybody at Pitt can take advantage of deeply discounted tickets to the most
sought-after arts events in the city, including the
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre,
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and more.
Salsa Pittsburgh is your guide to all salsa dancing related activities in the Pittsburgh, PA area. Click on the
following bookmarks to view our
and Regional Events.
For information on Salsa Bands, Clubs, DJ's, Instructors and Social Dances, click on our navigational bar above.
Our Event Calendars display several months of entertainment at a glance.
Ethnic Communities and Spiritual Life
Pittsburgh is a city that owes its traditions, languages and cultures to the immigrants who helped build it.
There are several ethnic communities
here from a variety of religious backgrounds. Regardless of your religious upbringing, there are a number of
available for you in the Pittsburgh area, as well as on our campus.
Night Life and Entertainment
Not only is our campus and city a cultural haven, but Pittsburgh also has
a wide variety of entertainment, shopping, restaurants, movie theatres,
amusement parks, and much more! Here’s a sneak peak at just some
of the area attractions:
SouthSide Works, located just five minutes from campus, offers one-of-a kind national and local retailers, exclusive
restaurants and high-end urban living units. In addition to shopping and dining, SouthSide Works has a movie cinema
offering discounts to students.
Set at the confluence of the three rivers with breathtaking views of
the city’s skyline, Station Square offers over 60 specialty shops,
restaurants, and nightclubs.
“Where Pittsburgh comes to Life.” One of the areas newest
additions with dining, comedy club, movie theater, and department stores.
The neighborhood bordering Oakland, Shadyside, is known for its great shopping and is home to upscale stores and
boutiques, as well as national chains. Also, students enjoy cafes, local restaurants and nightlife.
Squirrel Hill is a large residential neighborhood also bordering Oakland. Squirrel Hill is considered the hub of the
Jewish Community in Pittsburgh. Students enjoy the 150 acres that make up Frick Park as well as the many restaurants,
boutiques, bookstores and coffee houses located here.
America's Finest Traditional Amusement Park; beautifully landscaped
and designated as a National and State Historic Landmark. The park features
thirty-one major rides, three water rides, thirty-five various games,
and eighteen different refreshment stands throughout the park.
Sandcastle Water Park
Sandcastle Waterpark is located along the scenic shores
of the Monongahela River, just a short drive from downtown Pittsburgh
in the Waterfront Entertainment Complex. Sandcastle is the perfect place
for your "Vacation in a Day"! This is the best summer outing
deal in Pittsburgh!
Enjoy sports? Pittsburgh is synonymous with sports champions. A new
baseball stadium, PNC Park, which opened in 2001 and is ranked as the #1 major league baseball park by ESPN, continues to thrill
Pittsburgh Pirates fans who still revere legendary
Pittsburgh players like Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell. Likewise, the new football
stadium, Heinz Field, houses not only the Pittsburgh Steelers but our
nine time national champion Panthers. Across town at the Mellon Arena, the
Pittsburgh Penguin Sydney Crosby
continues to "wow" fans of all ages as an international NHL superstar. We can't forget the newest editions to the sports
family; the Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer team and the
Pittsburgh Passion women's football team.