University of Pittsburgh

South Side

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South Side of Pittsburgh.

East Carson Street literally runs the whole gamut of the South Side, from flashy Station Square to hip and urbane SouthSide Works. In between these two entertainment and shopping destinations, though, lies a unique neighborhood with a crunchy, urban feel.

Two- and three-story Victorian buildings now have unique stores (like Groovy, a must-see for anyone who was a kid in the '70s and '80s), coffee shops (like the Beehive, a Pittsburgh institution), some of the city’s finest restaurants (Mallorca and Dish Osteria) and bars, bars, bars. A lot of people say the South Side is where Pittsburgh goes to play!

The Southside Works, or just “the Works” as it’s commonly referred to, is an open air retail, dining, and entertainment area situated right on the river. During the warmer months you can enjoy free live music outside the Cheesecake Factory and children often play in the fountain. Located right on the river front, Hofbräuhaus was modeled after the legendary 400 year old original from Munich, Germany. Every night live music entertains guests and dancing on the table is not only allowed, its encouraged! Make sure to make a reservation for Oktoberfest!

Many grad students easily find affordable apartments or nice row houses to share. From the “flats” to the “slopes”, renting offers price options for the struggling student to the young professionals.  A weekly farmer’s market at Carson and 18th streets makes summer the most delicious time of the year (check out the salsa man—the mango is outstanding!), and the 54C bus line connects directly to Oakland.




Health and Wellness


  • Catch 54C at 18th and Carson, takes you to Fifth and Bigelow
  • 75 Ellsworth takes you right to the SouthSide Works