About Pittsburgh

Learn more living in Pittsburgh while being in your Residency.

Welcome to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a dynamic city with hometown spirit, offering an abundance of leisure activities, affordable living, distinctive neighborhoods, and the amenities of a larger metropolitan area. It is also home to the exciting Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins, and the world-renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Nestled among rolling hills along the Allegheny, Ohio and Monongahela Rivers, Pittsburgh is the heart of a vibrant region where more than 2.6 million people live and work. Pittsburgh’s central location also makes it easy to access from other major cities in the Eastern and Midwest regions. The eclectic neighborhoods, emerging restaurant scene, and colorful nightlife make Pittsburgh a great place to work and play. We believe that quality of life is important, especially on a resident’s salary.

Come see what our city has to offer!

Resident Life

We believe that quality of life is important, especially on a resident’s salary. We polled our current residents and got their recommendations on what to do, where to eat, and cool places to visit. To see how our residents spend their free time, read our Resident Recommendations (PDF). We have compiled some additional helpful resources about living in the ‘Burgh below!


Pittsburgh is known as the city of bridges, but residents know that the heart of Pittsburgh is in the neighborhoods the bridges connect.  While Pittsburgh has around 90 unique neighborhoods, most residents live in the communities that border the hospital including Lawrenceville, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Friendship, Bloomfield, and Highland Park. These are all in close proximity to the hospital with a 5-10 minute driving commute. Some residents also choose to live in the North Hills or South Hills if you want a larger home or larger yard, with still very reasonable work commutes.

Where We Live

Where we live in the Pittsburgh area.



Residents typically get around Pittsburgh by car, though some live close enough to walk or bike to the hospital on the Lawrenceville campus.  Residents also have guaranteed access to the CHP Faculty and Staff parking garage for a reduced monthly rate.

Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT)

Pittsburgh Port Authority

You can also try Google Maps. Click “Get Directions,” enter your start and finish locations and then click the Bus icon to change from driving directions to public transit directions. Very handy!

The standard, 1 one-way fare is $2.75 with cash. For transfers, riders paying cash will pay another full fare.  Operators will not make change so riders should use exact change.

A Connectcard is a smart card that is reusable and can store passes or a cash value. Riders with a ConnectCard pay $2.50 for a one-way trip.

Transfers are $1 with a ConnectCard. ConnectCards can be purchased at Port Authority's Downtown Service Center, most  Giant Eagle locations, and other select retailers.

Children and the disabled pay a reduced fair.

Current route and schedule information is available at www.portauthority.org, on the buses, at "T" stations, and at the Port Authority Service Center. 

The Airport

Pittsburgh International Airport is approximately 20-30 minutes by car from Oakland. The extended economy parking is $8/day. The 28X bus will conveniently take you to the airport for $2.50 with a ConnectCard or $2.75 with cash. This route has a stop right in front of Carnegie Mellon, the old Children’s Hospital, and the Primary Care Center. Check out www.portauthority.org for schedules.


zTrip: 412-777-7777

You cannot hail a cab in Pittsburgh. Instead, you can download and use the zTrip app to schedule a ride. 

Uber and Lyft

You must download the apps to use. Inputyour  credit card information to the app, and your card will be charged upon completion of the ride. There is no need to carry cash or a card with this method of transportation.