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Pittsburgh Guide for DU Students: Getting Started

Guide for students who are new to Pittsburgh or to DUQ Campus. What to do? Where to go? What to see?

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Gumberg Guides

Learn more about the city of Pittsburgh, its natives, and culture with these Gumberg guides:

Welcome English Learners!

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New students, welcome to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!

Pittsburgh is known as the Steel City because of our steel-making past. Although the city was once overwhelmed by the environmental pollution caused by the steel and coal mining industries, today many of our buildings are certified as "green" as we have cleaned up our "City of Champions."

One distinctive feature of our city is the amount of green space, such as Schenley Park and Frick Park, close to the population and neighborhoods throughout the city. That is, you could be walking in downtown Oakland among busy streets, tall buildings, and thousands of people, then go a few blocks to Schenley Park and into complete wilderness, where you could see wild deer and turkeys!

Our city has a lot of cultural eventsattractions, and history. We have a long legacy of cultural diversity, which is represented at the Cathedral of Learning's Nationality Rooms.

This guide will help you navigate your way around Pittsburgh. Click the blue tabs at the top of the page to read more about Pittsburgh neighborhoods, information for new students, and more!

Get a Free Public Library Card!

 Why get a free public library card?

  • More books, music, films, magazines, audiobooks, e-books, e-magazines, ESL kits
  • Databases: Mango ESL, Little Pim, Muzzy Online
  • Events such as: Let's Speak English, Let's READ English
  • Get to know your neighborhood community
  • It's FREE!!

How do you get a free public library card?

Go to your nearest public library with both:

  1. Photo ID (your passport, for example)
  2. Proof of residency (bills mailed to you, lease agreement for an apartment, etc.)

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Feeling Overwhelmed? Want to talk?


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Are you feeling overwhelmed or homesick?
Want to talk to someone who can help?

Our Counseling and Wellbeing Center offers FREE counseling to students. If you would like counseling in your native language, the Center can refer you to a qualified counselor.

Please print and complete the appropriate form before going:

Individual Counseling

Group Counseling/Workshop

University Counseling and Wellbeing Center

636 Fisher Hall
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 412.396.6204