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Safe and diverse neighborhoods, excellent schools and world-class universities, arts organizations, and sports teams—what’s not to like about Pittsburgh?



Pittsburgh recently was ranked the No. 1 U.S. city for relocating families by Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation.

Pittsburgh’s housing market was spared the boom and bust that hit many other U.S. cities, and it remains healthy, thanks to the city’s high quality of life and relatively strong job market—built largely on the “Eds and Meds” strengths of Pitt and UPMC.

Plenty of rental housing also is available within walking distance—or a short drive or bus ride—of Pitt and UPMC facilities.

With three rivers, more bridges than any other city in the world (yes, including Venice), safe and diverse neighborhoods, affordable housing, an astonishing 7.8 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents, and first-rate schools, universities, arts organizations, and sports teams—post-industrial Pittsburgh thrives.

Not to brag, but…

  • As a result of emerging technology and innovation industries, academia and healthcare, low unemployment, affordable housing and an active cultural scene Money Magazine named Pittsburgh one of its 2015 top five best large cities in the United States and the top city in the Northeast to live in.
  • On August 27, 2015 the Pittsburgh Post Gazette published, How much money do families need to live modestly in Pittsburgh? See how the costs of living compares to live modestly in Pittsburgh as it does to live in Sacramento, Calif., and Austin, Texas.
  • In July, 2015 the NY Times called Pittsburgh a canvas for the kind of urban dreams that more crowded and expensive cities can’t foster.   A city where abandoned buildings reveal art museums in the making, where decaying industrial sites prove ripe for urban exploration, and where residential streets hide kitchens turning out remarkably fresh, local food. 

  • In 2010, named Pittsburgh the country’s Most Livable City, based on employment opportunities, safety, affordability, and arts and leisure offerings.
  • Also in 2010, ranked Pittsburgh seventh nationally on its list of the best places to raise a family. And Forbes magazine ranked Pittsburgh the best place to buy a home.
  • In 2009, Britain’s The Economist rated Pittsburgh the No. 1 most livable city in the United States and 29th worldwide.
  • That same year, ranked Pittsburgh’s skyline among the world’s most stunning, and Moody’s Investors Service rated the seven-county Pittsburgh region as the country’s No. 1 commercial real estate market.


Hotels near the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC facilities in Oakland include the following:

Shadyside Inn All Suites Hotel
5405 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Wyndham - Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh - University Place
3454 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Hampton Inn
3315 Hamlet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Quality Inn - University Center
3401 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Residence Inn by Marriott Pittsburgh/University Medical Center
3896 Bigelow Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

SpringHill Suites by Marriott - Pittsburgh Bakery Square
134 Bakery Square Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

You can search for other lodging, including hotels in Downtown Pittsburgh and near Pittsburgh International Airport, on the Visit Pittsburgh site.

‘Burgh Basics

  • City of Pittsburgh - Information on city services, access to city departments, and links for communities and visitors.
  • GlobalPittsburgh - GlobalPittsburgh forges cultural, educational, and business relationships between the Greater Pittsburgh region and the international community through a wide range of hosting, training, networking, and outreach programs.
  • - Information on Pittsburgh history, attractions, nightlife, services, and people.
  • Living Pittsburgh - For great 'Burg bargains, free local events and activities, sales, food deals and more.
  • Pittsburgh Weather - The latest weather conditions and a forecast for the next 10 days.
  • The status of Pittburgh's traffic.
    • KDKA - Pittsburgh CBS affiliate
    • WPXI - Pittsburgh NBC affiliate
    • WTAE - Pittsburgh's ABC affiliate
  • Downtown Pittsburgh - The latest on parking, dining, shopping, and more. Information is provided by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.
  • Think Shadyside -Information about the Shadyside area.
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Daily overview of local and national news.
  • Pittsburgh Tribune-Review -Daily overview of local and national news.

The information provided in this website is not an all-inclusive list of information and is provided for personal consideration only. UPMC and UPMC Medical Education do not endorse any provider of goods or services over another.