University of Pittsburgh

Oakland (North And South)

Oakland: The University of Pittsburgh's "Backyard".

Oakland is the University of Pittsburgh’s backyard. The Cathedral of Learning, the heart of Pitt’s campus, is situated nicely in Central Oakland, consisting of locally owned shops, diverse restaurants from classic diner food to high end, gourmet eateries, coffee shops offering a quiet place to study or meet with friends, and any other amenity you would need to make Oakland Home.

You can visit (for free with your Pitt id) Monet’s, millions of dollars’ worth of gems and jewelry, and a T-Rex at the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History. Just a few minutes walking distance from here is the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, located within one of Pittsburgh’s largest greenspaces, Shenley Park. At Phipps, you can enjoy breathtaking, exotic orchids and from spring to fall, you can walk through the Butterfly Forrest, an enchanting showcase of many different species of butterflies that fly around in an open room and, if you’re lucky, one will land on you!

Many students choose to live in North and South Oakland. Offering every type of living space from efficient studio apartments to beautifully restored Victorian homes, you can be sure to find a place to call home, befitting every budget and taste. Whether you love the night life or prefer a quiet neighborhood to study into the wee hours of the morning, you can find the right place fitting your needs. The best part of living here is that, no matter whether you choose North or South Oakland, main campus is very accessible via walking, public transportation, and Pitt’s own shuttle service.





Oakland Retail Businesses


Health and Wellness


Average rent graduates students pay in North Oakland:
  • Studio: $530, avg. utilities $20
  • 1BR: $675, avg. utilities $70
  • 2BR: $840, avg. utilities $150


If you choose to live in Oakland most students walk to class or catch a Pitt shuttle . Did you have too much to drink or you're just too tired from studying all night to walk home? Are you outside the shuttle's route? Call SafeRider for a free and safe ride home. If you are comuting from other Pittsburgh areas or want to venture outside of Oakland, the Port Authority can help you get there. If you're new to the area, check out their Riding 101 to help understand the basis of public transportation here in Pittsburgh.The best thing about all these ways to get around? They're all FREE with your University issued I.D