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What you should know about University Center

Located in Pittsburgh’s historic neighborhood of Oakland, University Center is the city’s hub for higher education, as the name suggests. Pittsburgh is a town with a long history of university learning and has a staggering 68 institutes of higher education. The oldest and most prestigious of these, including Chatham and Carnegie Mellon universities, are located in University Center, just 3.5 miles east of the downtown area. There are also plenty of other sights in the neighborhood worth a visit, including famous parks, theaters, and landmarks.

Hotels in University Center


There’s a wide range of hotels in University Center, with everything from no-frills accommodation to 4-star lodgings. A popular 3-star hotel in University Center is the Shadyside Inn All Suites Hotel, which provides apartment accommodation with kitchen facilities close to both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Another excellent 3-star option is the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place, housed in an impressive Beaux Arts building. If you’re looking after the pennies, the Hampton Inn Pittsburgh University/Medical Center is a great budget hotel in University Center that boasts a great location and offers a fitness center for guests to enjoy.

Things to see in University Center


University Center is located in one of the oldest and most historic parts of Pittsburgh with many top-class theaters, renowned hospitals, and of course universities, that reflect the city’s illustrious past. The oldest and largest of the city’s educational institutions is the University of Pittsburgh, which was founded shortly after the American Revolutionary war in 1787. Occupying 132 acres of prime city real estate, the university has an impressive collection of buildings that serve its more than 25,000 students. The Allegheny Observatory, the Heinz Memorial Chapel, and the monumental, 42-story Cathedral of Learning that towers above the campus, have all been designated as Pittsburgh Historic Landmarks. The nearby Schenley Park is another notable Pittsburgh attraction, and is a favorite venue for recreation, sports, and summertime movies. The park is also home to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, an eco-friendly, 19th-century complex with a fantastic collection of plant life.

Good for students


University Center is an ideal location for students to stay on a visit to Pittsburgh. The area ticks all the boxes for a cheap and action-packed adventure, with a convenient city-center setting, a wealth of landmarks, and an array of free-to-enter parks and campuses. Student travelers will love the great choice of low-cost accommodation in University Center, with many budget and 3-star hotels providing value-for-money options. Spend your days wandering the neighborhood to take in the historic university campuses, the fascinating architecture, and beautiful green spaces, free of charge. The area also has a good selection of bars to keep you entertained long into the night.

How to get to University Center


Located in the city’s western suburbs, Pittsburgh International Airport is easily reached by car or cab along Interstate 376, with the journey taking under 30 minutes. For a cheaper alternative, you can take the bus from the airport to University Center. Pittsburgh’s city buses connect the University Center neighborhood with most areas of the city. The bus network, run by the Port Authority of Allegheny, is also the most reliable form of public transport within University Center. It’s only 20 minutes by bus to the skyscrapers and bridges of the downtown Pittsburgh area, so you’re never far from the action.

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