Learn more about the city of Pittsburgh, its natives, and culture with these Gumberg guides:
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!
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!
How do you get a free public library card?
Go to your nearest public library with both:
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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:
University Counseling and Wellbeing Center
636 Fisher Hall
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.