Pittsburgh: A Global City

Pittsburgh has a long, rich history as a commercial and cultural center in the United States. With a thriving student population of over 60,000, the Pittsburgh region is home to more than two dozen colleges and universities.


Pittsburgh is a friendly, yet exciting; international, yet local; and modern yet traditional American city.

Did you know? Pittsburgh...

  • was ranked by National Geographic Magazine among its 20 "must-see, best of the world" places
  • has been voted one of the USA's "Most Livable Cities"
  • is one of the top 10 "most literate cities"
  • is ranked one of the most secure/safe cities of its size
  • is in the top 10 cities to be a sports fan
  • has one of the US's top safest airports - which is also ranked as one of the most affordable airports as well!  
  • is one of the most affordable cities in the world
  • hosts more than 100 billion-dollar-plus global corporations that base headquarters or major business units here
  • has more bridges than any other city in the world except Venice!

To read about these and other awards and accolades,  go to www.visitpittsburgh.com.

We also encourage to use the Online Student Guide to Pittsburgh.

 Visit our page on the different Neighborhoods and Attractions.
Cultural Diversity

Pittsburgh was a city of immigrants. You will meet people with Italian, Irish, Polish, Chinese and Indian heritage among countless others. Pittsburgh's neighborhoods represent this cultural diversity: Enjoy the open Italian market of the Strip district every weekend; the Asian restaurants in Oakland and the South Side; or the Irish bars scattered around the city.

Cost of Living

Pittsburgh is a very "manageable" city where one can have a high quality of life at a relatively low cost. Pittsburgh is a wonderful city for students who appreciate city life, but prefer the feeling of a smaller community.


There is plenty of housing within a short walk or bus ride from Duquesne's campus. Light rail trains and buses run from neighborhoods to downtown Pittsburgh and Duquesne's campus.   Duquesne also operates a shuttle bus to the South Side, where many students live.   Pittsburgh International Airport is about 20 miles from Duquesne, accessible by bus and car.

Campus Location

Duquesne's campus is located in the Uptown area, close to dining, shopping and entertainment in downtown Pittsburgh. Our students undertake service projects, research and internships in these local communities.  Many academic and residential buildings are on a bluff offering breathtaking views of Pittsburgh and its three rivers. Recently, Duquesne has also expanded to the Forbes Avenue area near the new CONSOL Energy Center sports and concerts arena.

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