Pittsburgh Living

Pittsburgh Living

Maintaining an academic career in the health sciences—particularly a clinical and/or biomedical research career—can be a noble calling. With an eye toward creating and supporting your career and life balance, here are some links to help you get the best out of working—and living—in Pittsburgh.

Resources for Arrival and Living in Pittsburgh

UPPDA Handbook

Contains links to many resources to assist you in your move to Pittsburgh including finding housing, setting up utilities, and finding parking. This also includes a checklist and information for what to do when you first arrive.

Office of International Services

An important first stop for international scholars to assist you.

Housing Resource Center

Available to help you find the type of housing best suited to meet your needs.

Parking, Transportation, and Services

University office to help all members of the health sciences community get around campus and the local Pittsburgh area.

Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT)

Unique and free University of Pittsburgh benefit using your ID to utilize this public bus service throughout the metropolitan Pittsburgh area.

Health and Wellness

LifeSolutions Program

(replacing the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program)

Offers a wide variety of resources that are tailored to specific life needs, providing you with the right tools to help you through a wide variety of life's challenges. Also provides confidential counseling services to University of Pittsburgh faculty, staff, postdoctoral trainees, and members of their households.

Student Counseling Center

A resource for personal and academic counseling to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh. Services rendered to students are free and confidential.

UPMC Hospitals

Provides directions and maps to UPMC hospitals and other facilities providing skilled nursing, retirement, and long-term care.

Fitness for Life

Provides a way for staff, faculty, and their family members to participate and stay engaged in various activities and programs through which they become aware of and make choices towards overall wellness.

Wellness Program

Provides faculty, staff, postdoctoral trainees, and students the tools and support to improve their physiological well being. Wellness education is provided through seminars, workshops, courses, and special events.



Connect to the cultural life of Pittsburgh. Discounts are only available to registered students (a benefit provided through the assessment of a student activities fee) but all health sciences community members can benefit from the ART LINKS feature of their website—a comprehensive guide to Pittsburgh's visual and performing arts.

Department of Athletics

The home court and field to Panther men's and women's sports events.



City of Pittsburgh

The official city of Pittsburgh website features city news, maps, parks and recreation information, local government, city services info, and much more.


Another great resource to city living full of interesting facts, things to do, and places to go.


A regional online directory featuring an eclectic mix of information. You can also use this site to explore Pittsburgh's neighborhoods and ethnic communities, learn interesting Pittsburgh facts, or send free postcards of the city to family and friends.


A site full of fun and surprises whether you're brand new to town or a long-time local resident.

Cool Pittsburgh

A University site to explore the wide variety of Pittsburgh entertainment.


A variety of information on entertainment, activities, and information on Pittsburgh.