Chatham University



Beyond Campus

New to Pittsburgh?

One of the benefits of being a student at Chatham is our location in the City of Pittsburgh. There's a reason why Pittsburgh was named "Most Livable City in the U.S." by The Economist in 2009, and why President Barack Obama chose it to host the 2009 G-20 Summit. Pittsburgh is being recognized more and more for its vibrancy, beauty, lifestyle and contributions to the world.

Our city offers all the excitement of a metropolis - an eclectic music scene, dozens of museums and galleries, professional sports teams, great restaurants and shopping, plenty of bookstores and coffee shops, and a thriving cultural community. It's a bustling hub of business with six Fortune 500 companies, more than 300 foreign-owned firms, two of the largest banks in America, a health system ranked in the nation's top ten, and the busiest inland port in America.

Pittsburgh is also a model for sustainability. The city has more LEED-certified buildings than most American cities - in fact, we're in the top ten. We have the world's first green convention center and green athletic arena, while Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has become one of the world's most energy efficient and sustainable conservatories. Chatham, too, is playing its part in Pittsburgh's sustainable evolution. Our facilities at Chatham Eastside were completed to LEED Silver standards, while our new Eden Hall Campus and the School for Sustainability and the Environment will move beyond LEED to become the country's first "living" campus.

The culture of Pittsburgh is unlike many cities you might visit. People are friendly and down to earth. Ask someone for directions, and they might simply offer to drive you to your destination. Because the city is compact, our traffic is manageable, and our urban crime rate is among the lowest in the nation. As for green space, Pittsburgh offers more acres of park per capita - and more trees per square mile - than any other major U.S. city.

University City

One of the benefits of studying at Chatham is our membership in the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education, a consortium including Chatham, Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University, Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, La Roche College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Point Park University, Robert Morris University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

All Chatham students may cross-register with any other PCHE institution for one course each semester. There's no additional tuition charge and full credit and grade are transferred to Chatham. It's an incredible way for Pittsburgh college students to broaden their education while getting to know students from other schools. And two of the largest PCHE schools - Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh - are in walking distance of Chatham.

Chatham & Nearby Neighborhoods

Pittsburgh's varied neighborhoods are among the City's most distinctive features. Chatham is located in and near some of Pittsburgh's most eclectic neighborhoods.

Chatham's historic Woodland Road location is located in the colorful and lively neighborhood of Shadyside, where you can walk just a few blocks to Walnut Street and explore trendy boutiques, eclectic eateries and some of the best coffee shops in the city. A few blocks further and you'll discover Ellsworth Avenue, with funky art galleries and popular neighborhood restaurants.

On the opposite side of campus is the neighborhood of Squirrel Hill with a large residential population and a thriving business district along Forbes and Murray avenues. Squirrel Hill includes over 1,100 acres of public parkland with recreational amenities from playgrounds to golf to lawn bowling. What's great about these neighborhoods is that each is within walking distance.

We're also a short walk from Oakland, the home of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh as well as one of Pittsburgh's most beautiful open spaces, Schenley Park. You'll also find the Carnegie Museum of Art, with its world-class collections and exhibits, and Carnegie Museum of Natural History, housing the most dinosaur bones of any museum in the world.

Chatham offers a free shuttle service to both CMU and Pitt, opening your world to other students, campuses and activities. We also give you the opportunity to explore even further. Thanks to an agreement with the Port Authority of Allegheny County, you can ride any bus, light rail or incline by just showing your Chatham ID. You could explore the Cultural District, with its galleries, plays, operas, symphony and dance performances. Or you and your friends could catch a movie at the Waterfront or South Side Works. You could even ride the bus downtown for your summer internship.

Get Outdoors

There's always something to do outside throughout the year. Pittsburgh has one of the largest rail-to-trail systems in the U.S., including one that links downtown with Washington, D.C. There are new bicycle paths through the neighborhoods. Our famous three rivers provide endless opportunities for boating, fishing, kayaking and canoeing. In the winter, you can ice skate in Schenley Park or even downtown, under the crystal-like towers of PPG Place.

General Information

Things to do with Kids in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce
Student Guide to Pittsburgh

Area Events

Area Festivals
Pittsburgh City Paper
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Trib Total Media


Monroeville Mall
Century III Mall
Robinson Town Centre
Ross Park Mall
Prime Outlets
Shadyside Shopping District


The Andy Warhol Museum
August Wilson Center for African American Culture
Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of History
Carnegie Science Center
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Frick Art and Historical Center
Mattress Factory Art Museum
Senator John Heinz History Center
Society for Contemporary Craft
The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University

Local Attractions

Duquesne Incline
Gateway Clipper Fleet
Kennywood Amusement Park
National Aviary
Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Pittsburgh Zoo + PPG Aquarium
Sandcastle Water Park


Byham Theater
City Theatre
The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
Pittsburgh Public Theatre
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Pittsburgh Opera
Kuntu Repertory Theatre
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Local College Theatres

Pitt Repertory Theatre
Pittsburgh Playhouse of Point Park University
Carnegie Mellon Drama

Parks and Recreation

Mellon Park
Frick Park
Schenley Park
Schenley Park Ice Rink

Public Transportation

Port Authority of Allegheny County
Yellow Cab Company
Checker Cab Company
Amtrak Train

Major Airlines

US Airways

Movie Theatres

AMC Loews Waterfront Theatre
Cinemagic Squirrel Hill Theatre
Cinemagic Manor Theatre
Southside Works Cinema


Barnes & Noble (Squirrel Hill)
Barnes & Noble (Waterworks)
The Book Center at the University of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Mellon Bookstore
Jay's Bookstall

Groceries and Pharmacies

Giant Eagle Market District, Shadyside
Giant Eagle, Squirrel Hill
Rite Aid

Places of Worship

Assembly of God

East End Assembly of God


Bethany Baptist Church
First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh
Mt. Ararat Baptist Church


Zen Center of Pittsburgh (Soto Zen)
Pittsburgh Buddhist Center (Theravada Temple)


Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
St. Paul Cathedral
St. Bede's Catholic Church


Pittsburgh Chinese Church

Christian Scientist

First Church of Christ Scientist, Pittsburgh

Church of Christ

Church of Christ (Shadyside)


Calvary Episcopal Church
Church of the Ascension (Oakland)
Church of the Redeemer (Squirrel Hill)
Calvary Episcopal Church

Greek Orthodox

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church (Oakland)


Hindu Jain Temple (Monroeville)
Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple (Monroeville)
Sri Venkateswara Temple (Pittsburgh)


Islamic Center of Pittsburgh
Masjid al Mu'min of Pittsburgh (East Liberty)
Masjid Al-awwal (Pittsburgh)
Masjid An-Noor (Wilkinsburg)
Masjid Al-Tawheed (Pittsburgh)


Bet Tikvah (Alternative)
Beth Shalom (Conservative)
Hadassah (Women's volunteer organization)
Hillel Jewish University Center
Poale Zedeck (Orthodox)
Rodef Shalom (Reform)
Shaare Torah
United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh
Temple Sinai (Reform)
Tree of Life Congregation
Young Israel of Pittsburgh/ Shaare Zedeck


Korean Central Church of Pittsburgh


Lutheran University Center


Pittsburgh Mennonite Church


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community
New Hope Christian Community
The Orchard Hill Church
Community of Reconciliation

Orthodox Christianity

Intercession of the Holy Virgin Church


Bellefield Presbyterian Church (Oakland)
East Liberty Presbyterian Church
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Shadyside Presbyterian
Third Presbyterian Church


The Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh


Tri-State Sikh Cultural Society

United Methodist

Albright United Methodist Church
Baldwin Community United Methodist Church
Faith United Methodist Church
Ingomar United Methodist Church
Spencer United Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church

Unitarian Universalist

First Unitarian Church