Pittsburgh, PA

When Pittsburgh was yet again named one of the most livable cities in August 2015, it came as no surprise to us at Chatham. You’ll find an easy and safe town to get around, a comfortable cost of living, and a ton of things to do (as well as free public transit using your Chatham ID). These are just some of the reasons why so many people who come here for college end up staying.
 Two female Chatham University choir students in matching purple T-shirts pose together at a Pittsburgh Pirates game.

Black & Yellow

Like to attend major sporting events? Pittsburgh is home to several professional sports teams including the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins, and was named by the Bleacher Report as among the Top 10 Cities to be a Sports Fan in.

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Ways to Relax

Want to visit a world-class zoo, amusement park, or water park? Chatham is in a great location, offering students the comforts of a peaceful campus with access to a vibrant city and activities within minutes. It’s no wonder that CNN Money named it among the Top 10 Least Stressed Out Cities.

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The Great Outdoors

Pittsburgh is a haven for outdoor activities, too. The beautiful 640-acre Frick Park is a 15-minute walk from campus and has many trails for hiking and mountain biking. You can explore exciting caves, take hikes in pristine landscapes, and go camping and white water rafting in one of the many nearby state parks.

City of Pittsburgh

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Biking in the Burgh

One of the most fun (and fit) ways to live sustainably is biking around the streets of Pittsburgh, an extremely bike-friendly city. Two ChathamU professors and avid Pittsburgh cyclists share their best 412 biking tips.

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Pittsburgh has about 310,000 residents, including over 7,000 international students studying at its universities.


Safest Major City in US – Farmers Insurance

Top 15

Hottest Cities of the Future – Business Insider

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Pittsburgh is home to 90 individual neighborhoods, each with their own unique cultural attractions

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3 Questions for Pittsburgh Newcomers

Leaving home for the first time can be scary, especially if you're going to a whole new city. Luckily at Chatham, nearly one-third of our undergraduate population comes from outside of Pennsylvania, and they love it.