Visiting Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a vibrant city, offering affordable living, distinctive neighborhoods, and an abundance of entertainment and leisure activities. Located where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers join to form the Ohio River, the Pittsburgh area boasts a population of over 2.6 million and combines the amenities of a large city with the friendly feel of a small town. Bustling neighborhoods, excellent restaurants, and an exciting arts scene make Pittsburgh a great place to work and play. Pittsburgh was named by The Zagat Survey as America’s Top Food City in 2015.

University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related research university, founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787. Please visit the University of Pittsburgh for additional information.

University Residency

While the majority of scholars are from the Pittsburgh region, we are partially residential to serve the need of students outside of the region. Students from underrepresented groups will be housed at no cost. However, students from majority groups have the option of paying $7000 to stay for 8 weeks. The cost includes meals, transportation to and from their lab, and to pay for the Resident advisors who will supervise them.

Out-of-state scholars and resident advisors will stay in Nordenberg Hall on the Pitt campus. Rooms in Nordenberg Hall are air-conditioned doubles. There are communal showers, a kitchenette, and laundry facilities on each floor. Visit the Nordenberg Hall web page for more information. Some details will not apply for summer housing residence. 

Residence Quick Reference

Thing to Do and Community Resources

Pittsburgh has undergone a striking renaissance from a down–and–out smokestack to a gleaming cultural oasis. There are great restaurants, excellent shopping, breakthrough galleries and prestigious museums.

Food, sports, music, and the arts–you’ll find all that in Pittsburgh, and more! Here are a few links to get you started.

Events, Newspaper, and Guides

Outdoor Activities

Spectator Sports


The Arts