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The Oakland Zoo
The Oakland Zoo Students Studying on the Cathedral of Learning Lawn Student-Athletes Help Cleanup Oakland
Students Play Volleyball on the Cathedral of Learning Lawn Female Students Participate in the Lantern Nigh Tradition WBB Travels to Greece
Students Cheer with Roc at a Football Game Student-Athletes Participate in Community Service Projects Regularly New Student Orientation
ESPN College Gameday Visits Pitt Students on the Petersen Events Center Lawn Graduation'
Students Walking to Class Students at a Football Game Enjoying One of Many Oakland Shops and Restaurants

The Pitt Experience

Pitt is it. It's a place to learn, have fun and make memories that will last a lifetime. As a student at the University of Pittsburgh, education isn't limited to the confines of a classroom or the extent of studies; learning encompasses every facet of a college experience. Whether it's joining a student club, trying new foods, attending one of the numerous seminars, obtaining tickets to the latest Broadway production or simply becoming more familiar with the City of Pittsburgh, every day our students are engaged.

Oakland, home to Pitt's main campus, boasts numerous activities within walking distance. Schenley Park, the third-largest urban park in America, provides an escape from the city atmosphere. At the park, individuals can tour Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, play a game of tennis with friends, catch the latest outdoor movies at "Cinema in the Park," or go ice-skating during the winter. Pitt students have free access to the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History, located just a block away from the Cathedral of Learning, where individuals can view and study famous pieces of artwork created by such artists including Monet, Degas, and Warhol or mingle alongside the numerous fossils and artifacts within the museum.

"Friendly and diverse, the city is Pitt's campus. Pitt students enjoy all the benefits of a major city--ballet, professional sports, opera, major concert tours, internship opportunities, shopping and restaurants--with few of the problems. Pittsburgh is also one of the safest cities of its size--large enough to offer plenty of activities but small enough to get around in."

"Pitt students enjoy a fun, beautiful and urban campus that is secluded enough to feel like college and at the same time, fully integrated into the vibrant, affordable and extremely friendly city of Pittsburgh."

-2009 Princeton Review

As part of a diverse neighborhood, Oakland is home to many favorite foods and ethnic restaurants. Whether it's craving a basket of fries from the famous Original Hot Dog Shop, world-famous sandwiches from Primanti Bros., a great gyro for dinner or desiring sushi, students are bound to satisfy their taste buds somewhere in Oakland. Oakland is also home to Dave & Andy's Home Made Ice Cream, a local favorite to satisfy that sweet tooth, which was rated one of the USA Today's national top-10 places to enjoy ice cream.

Oakland is just the beginning for Pitt students. With its central location, it is in walking distance, or just a short and free bus ride (all students get on the city buses for free with their Pitt I.D.) away from various Pittsburgh neighborhoods including Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, the South Side and Downtown; each of which provides students with something different.

Shadyside is home to Ellsworth Ave. and Walnut St. which guarantee great shopping with nationally recognized brands and local boutiques. Squirrel Hill offers that "small town feel" with its main street set-up along Forbes and Murray avenues. There, one can find various specialty shops ranging from kosher delis, shoe shops, book stores and numerous vintage stores. Just across the Monongahela River is the vibrant South Side, which is renowned for its endless amount of entertainment venues that line East Carson Street. The 15 block stretch provides numerous shops, eateries, cafes, art galleries, live music venues, novelty shops and the best nightlife Pittsburgh has to offer. Also located adjacent to downtown is Station Square, where individuals can ride one of Pittsburgh's two inclines to Mount Washington, the best view of Downtown Pittsburgh.

Just three miles from Oakland is Downtown Pittsburgh which essentially provides students with that "urban, big city" lifestyle. Home to eight Fortune 500 companies it's the perfect place for students to begin their careers with fantastic internship opportunities just minutes away from the University of Pittsburgh. Not only is it a place to jumpstart your future, but it provides great entertainment for students; with the growing cultural district and three different sporting venues, Pittsburgh has become a frequent stop for big-time entertainers.