Where do students stay during the program?

TECBio students are provided with double-occupancy rooms in the newly renovated Pennsylvania Hall during their time in Pittsburgh.  In addition to living with others from their own cohort, students get to meet and interact with students from a number of other concurrent summer programs who also house their students in PA Hall.


What is it like to stay at Pitt?

Throw away your misconceptions of Pittsburgh as a smoggy, post-industrial city suffocating under the collapse of the steel industry. The city has re-invented itself with strong industries including healthcare, education, technology, robotics, and financial services. Pittsburgh has been named the Most Livable City by several note-worthy publications (including Places Rated Almanac, Forbes, and The Economist).

The University of Pittsburgh is located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Pitt, Carnegie Mellon University and many of our major hospitals (under the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center health system) are located in Oakland. For more information on the area, check out the Only in Oakland website.

The scientific journal Nature wrote an article, "From Steel to Science", about the progress of our city. Click the photo to read the article.


What events take place in the summer in Pittsburgh?

Three Rivers Arts Festival
Three Rivers Regatta
Cinema in the Park
(Currents films and classics)
Pittsburgh Pirates
baseball games (games as cheap as $9!)
Kennywood and Sandcastle Waterpark
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (Schenley Park)
First Fridays at Frick
JazzLive International Festival

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust offers various theater, dance, art and musical events

Where can I eat on campus?

Check out onlyinoakland.org for a list of restaurants on Pitt’s campus. If you’re interested in grocery shopping, there are a few options. There is an IGA in Oakland on Forbes Avenue. Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Giant Eagle are just a short bus ride away.

There are two cafeterias located in the UPMC hospitals.


How can I get around the city?

The Pittsburgh Port Authority has many buses that run through Oakland.  Interactive bus schedules are available online. Printed schedules are available in the Department of Parking, Transportation and Services, 3525 Forbes Avenue.

An easy guide:

Catch the 61 buses on Forbes Avenue to go to Squirrel Hill
Catch the 71 buses on Fifth Avenue (in the bus lane) to go to Shadyside
Catch any 61 or 71 on Fifth Avenue to go Downtown

Using Google Maps directions works well to get schedules. If you’re stuck, ask one of us!

For transportation from the airport, use the 28X Airport Flyer bus. You can also take a  shuttle.


I plan on driving to Pittsburgh, can I park my car on campus?

University of Pittsburgh Parking Services:
They offer daily parking through the summer term. Lot availability varies depending on student needs, though some students purchase commuter permits for the OC lot as well as evening student permits.

For more information on the plan that best suits you, contact Parking Services:
204 Brackenridge Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260-4924
Fax: 412-648-2200

Office hours Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


I have a disability, who can I contact for more information?

Disability Resources

Important numbers:

If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and Disability Resources and Services as early as possible in the term.

216 William Pitt Union
412-648-7890/412-383-7355 (TTY)

DRS will verify your disability and determine reasonable accommodations for this course.

A comprehensive description of the services of that office can be obtained at www.drs.pitt.edu.


Links About Pittsburgh

Look at Steeltown Anthem to see some of the cool things going on around the different neighborhoods.

Pittsburgh is known for it's bridges - this blog does a Bridge-a-Day sketch.

Why is Pittsburgh so great? - Check out this article