There are many beautiful and interesting neighborhoods in and around Pittsburgh. With your bus pass (student ID with valid sticker) you have a ready passport to all of them.
The downtown and surrounding neighborhoods are known as the Greater Pittsburgh area. The main neighborhoods near Carnegie Mellon are Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, and Oakland. Most students from both CMU and the University of Pittsburgh live in these neighborhoods (see CMU’s housing website).
The areas of the South Side, Downtown, Strip District and North Side all have their own unique and interesting features. The South Side and Strip District offer after-hours entertainment and boast a variety of clubs, restaurants and specialty shops. Downtown Pittsburgh is the home of several large department stores, the most notable being Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as smaller specialty stores. Also downtown at the center of the Cultural District are several popular venues-Heinz Hall, the Benedum Center and the Byham– offering a variety of entertainment from Broadway shows and opera, to classical and jazz concerts, ballet, and modern and ethnic dance productions. Also at the tip of the downtown area is the well known Point State Park. Sitting at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers which form the Ohio River, it is there that many residents of Pittsburgh enjoy lunchtime strolls and in the summer attend events that the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust sponsors, as well as such annual events as the Three Rivers Arts Festival.. With its huge water fountain and summer events, it’s a great place to take visiting friends and family. On the North Side of town you can visit the new Heinz Field football stadium and PNC Park baseball stadium, the Carnegie Science Center and the National Aviary.
Staying closer to home and campus in Oakland, the Carnegie Museum, Music Hall and Library sit between Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh. Other attractions include Phipps Conservatory, Schenley Park and an Oakland tradition, Cinema in the Park on Flagstaff Hill which sits behind the Carnegie Mellon campus.
An excellent resource for finding out what’s going on in the city and to get an extensive list of restaurants, music and art events and more is the City Paper. This free paper can be picked up at nearly any street corner throughout the city.
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