University of Pittsburgh

Travel and Hotels

The University of Pittsburgh is headquartered in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh. The School of Medicine is housed in Scaife Hall, located at 3550 Terrace Street, across from Salk Hall and the Petersen Events Center on the Upper Campus of the University of Pittsburgh. 

Please note that within the Oakland area there are two educational buildings with the name of Scaife Hall – ours, located at 3550 Terrace Street and Scaife Hall of Carnegie Mellon University located off Frew Street.

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is in 518 Scaife Hall.
See a map for location detail.

Parking at Pitt

Parking in our urban environment can often be a challenge – if you are unfamiliar with the area you may want to arrive a few minutes early in case of congestion.  While the most convenient parking is next door in the Biomedical Science Tower, more economical choices are available within a short walking distance.  Current information about lot locations and rates is available from the University’s Parking and Transportation Services.

Visitor Parking at Pitt Brochure 2012-2013 (PDF)

By Air

The Pittsburgh International Airport is located approximately 18 miles west of the University of Pittsburgh. From there, you can take a bus, shuttle, or cab.

Port Authority 28X Airport Flyer Bus

Telephone: 412-442-2000
Web site: www.portauthority.org

Cheaper than cab or shuttle service, this public transportation shuttle bus travels from the airport to any Oakland hotel, for a fee of $3.75 each way. It is easily accessed at the airport and on campus. If you take this bus from the airport, and are staying at the Shadyside Inn, get off at Fifth and Oakland Avenues. Then take a Port Authority bus 500 or 71D ($2.50 one way) to continue out Fifth Avenue to the Shadyside Inn at Fifth and Aiken Avenues.

Yellow Cab

412-321-8100

Available to and from the airport, at about $50 one way. Call to make arrangements or for more information.

(Please note that within the Oakland area there are two educational buildings with the name of Scaife Hall – ours, located at 3550 Terrace Street on the Upper Campus of the University of Pittsburgh and Scaife Hall of Carnegie Mellon University located off Frew Street. We recommend advising your driver of our street address when traveling to our school.)

By Car

Detailed directions are shown below. You may also want to try one of the numerous online point-to-point driving-direction services (such as www.yahoo.com) for directions from your doorstep.

(Please note that within the Oakland area there are two educational buildings with the name of Scaife Hall – ours, located at 3550 Terrace Street and Scaife Hall of Carnegie Mellon University located off Frew Street.)

From the East

Cars traveling from the east via the PA Turnpike (I-76) should take Exit 57 to I-376 West. From I-376, take Exit 3B, Oakland (University of Pittsburgh). Turn slightly right onto Bates Street. Stay on Bates Street through the first traffic light and through the bend. Turn left onto McKee Place. Stay on McKee Place, which turns into Darragh Street when crossing Forbes Avenue. Follow Darragh Street up the hill several blocks. Turn right on Terrace Street. Follow Terrace Street 1.5 blocks. Scaife Hall is located on the right side of street across from the Petersen Event Center.

From the West

Cars traveling from the west via the PA Turnpike (I-76) should take Exit 28 and follow I-79 South to I-279 South. (You'll exit to the left off I-79.) Follow I-279 toward the city, to the I-376 Monroeville Exit. Follow I-376 to the Forbes Avenue/Oakland Exit. Forbes Avenue leads right into the Pitt campus. From Forbes Avenue, turn left on Oakland Avenue (Gus Miller Newsstand on left). Oakland Avenue turns into DeSoto Street. Follow DeSoto Street to the top of the hill; Scaife Hall is on the left side of hill, past UPMC Presbyterian Hospital's emergency entrance.

From the North

Take I-79 South to I-279 South. (You'll exit to the left off I-79.) Follow I-279 to I-579, to the I-376 Monroeville Exit. Follow I-376 to the Forbes Avenue/Oakland Exit. Forbes Avenue leads right into the Pitt campus. From Forbes Avenue, turn left on Oakland Avenue (Gus Miller Newsstand on left). Oakland Avenue turns into DeSoto Street. Follow DeSoto Street to the top of the hill; Scaife Hall is on the left side of hill, past UPMC Presbyterian Hospital's emergency entrance.

From the South, including Pittsburgh International Airport

Merge onto PA 60S toward Pittsburgh 16 miles to I-279 North. Follow I-279 through the Fort Pitt Tunnels and across the bridge to the I-376 Monroeville Exit (first exit on the right). Follow I-376 to the Forbes Avenue/Oakland Exit. Forbes Avenue leads right into the Pitt campus. From Forbes Avenue, turn left on Oakland Avenue (Gus Miller Newsstand on left). Oakland Avenue turns into DeSoto Street. Follow DeSoto Street to the top of the hill; Scaife Hall is on the left side of hill, past UPMC Presbyterian Hospital's emergency entrance.

By Rail

Amtrak

(800-872-7245 in Western Pennsylvania)

Amtrak runs two eastbound, two westbound, and one southbound train each day. Connections can be made in Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. The Amtrak station is located at 1100 Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. A cab ride from the station to Oakland will cost about $8 - $10 one way.

By Bus

Mega Bus

Mega Bus now services the City of Pittsburgh.  The closest Mega Bus stop for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is downtown Pittsburgh located by the Pittsburgh Convention Center.  To travel from downtown Pittsburgh to the School of Medicine, applicants can take our public bus system into Oakland (Bus Fare is $2.50 each way and exact change is needed).  All buses with number of 71 services the Oakland area.  The closest bus stop to the Convention Center is at Sixth Avenue and Smithfield Street (approx. 3 blocks).  To return to the Mega Bus Stop from our campus, applicants can take any buses with the number of 61 or 71 getting off at the Fifth Avenue and Wood Street stop.  At the Fifth Avenue and Wood Street stop, make a right and walk straight down Liberty Avenue to the Mega Bus Stop at the Pittsburgh Convention Center. 

For schedules and fares please visit http://us.megabus.com/

Greyhound

800-231-2222

Greyhound offers service to Pittsburgh. A cab to Oakland from the downtown Pittsburgh station will cost about $8 - $10 one way.

By Cab

Both Yellow Cab (412-321-8100) and Peoples Cab (412-441-5334) provide service to the Oakland area. Fares to and from downtown are approximately $8 - $10, and fares to and from the airport are approximately $50.

(Please note that within the Oakland area there are two educational buildings with the name of Scaife Hall – ours, located at 3550 Terrace Street on the Upper Campus of the University of Pittsburgh and Scaife Hall of Carnegie Mellon University located off Frew Street. We recommend advising your driver of our street address when traveling to our school.)

Student Hosting

Student hosting is available to those selected for an interview. Information on the student hosting program will be provided along with the interview invitation.

Hotels

A number of hotels serve the Oakland area. Downtown and the adjacent riverfront offer all the hotel choices of a major city. A variety of bed-and-breakfast accommodations can be found in the adjacent neighborhoods of Shadyside and South Side. Here are some nearby hotels:

Hilton Garden Inn

Pittsburgh University Place

Telephone: (412) 683-2040
Toll Free: 1-877-STAY-HGI
Web site: pittsburghuniversityplace.hgi.com

Located in Oakland on the corner of McKee Place and Forbes Avenue. Enter the Corporate Code of 3144194 for a reduced student rate.

Shadyside Inn

412-441-4444
Toll Free: 800-767-8483
http://www.shadysideinn.com

Located approximately 1.5 miles east of Oakland on the corner of Fifth and Aiken Avenues, the Shadyside Inn is easily accessible via van service or public transportation. A reduced student rate is available by identifying yourself as a Pitt School of Medicine applicant. (Note: A number of Pitt med students live in Shadyside.)

Residence Inn by Marriott — University/Medical Center

412-621-2200
Toll-Free: 800-331-3131
http://www.marriott.com/PITRO

Located in Oakland a few minutes from campus on Bigelow Boulevard. For a reduced rate, identify yourself as a Pitt School of Medicine applicant.

Courtyard by Marriott

412-683-3113

Toll Free: 800-321-2211

http://www.courtyardshadyside.com

Located just a mile from campus in the Shadyside/Bloomfield area.  Hotel offers complimentary shuttle service within the local area, including the university.  Reduced rates are available upon request.  Ask for the University of Pittsburgh Admissions rate (based upon availability).

 

Springhill Suites By Marriott

Pittsburgh Southside Works

412-488-8003

Web site: www.marriott.com/pitss

Located 1.5 miles from Campus in Pittsburgh’s SouthSide Works area. Walking distance to 50+ restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. Hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi, shuttle service within 5 miles, and hot breakfast buffet daily. For a reduced rate use corporate ID “UPT” or call directly to book a University of Pittsburgh Medical rate.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott

Pittsburgh Bakery Square

412-362-8600

springhillsuitesbakerysquuare.com

Less than 2 miles from Oakland, the SpringHill Suites Bakery Square offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the University.  Ask for the special University of Pittsburgh rate. 

Hampton Inn University Center/Pittsburgh

3315 Hamlet Street

412-681-1000
Toll Free: 800-426-7866

www.pittsburghhampton.com

For a reduced rate, ask for the University of Pittsburgh discount or ask for corporate ID #560001041.   Discount can be applied to online reservations by entering this special corporate ID number next to the corporate code spot on the reservation screen. A free hot breakfast buffet, free shuttle service within 3 miles, & free wireless internet provided. 

Quality Inn University Center

412-683-6100
Toll Free: 800-245-4444
Fax: 412-682-6115
http://www.choicehotels.com

Located in Oakland at the corner of Halket Street and Boulevard of the Allies. This hotel offers a reduced rate for Pitt School of Medicine applicants; ask for the intern rate.

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center

412-682-6200
Toll Free: 1-800-WYNDHAM

www.wyndham.com

Located in Oakland on Lytton Avenue between Fifth Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard. For a reduced rate, identify yourself as a Pitt School of Medicine applicant.

Hyatt House

Pittsburgh-South Side

2795 South Water Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Telephone:412-390-2477
Web site:

http://www.pittsburghsouthside.house.hyatt.com/en/hotel/our-hotel.html

Located in SouthSide Works Complex with restaurants, shopping and a movie theater just steps away.  Minutes to downtown Pittsburgh; Heinz Field; PNC Park; CONSOL Energy Center and all Universities.  Complimentary shuttle provided to local attractions and businesses.

Our Mission

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and populations through cutting-edge biomedical research, innovative educational programs in medicine and biomedical science, and leadership in academic medicine.