Explore six eclectic and memorable neighborhoods that most Tepper MBAs call home. Impressive affordability, safety along with dining, retail and nightlife options make these spots our top picks.

20-somethings relax in neighborhood

Where to Live

Perhaps it’s Pittsburgh’s steep hills, rolling rivers and more than 400 bridges that earned it the top spot for most livable city by The Economist. Or maybe it’s the city’s medley of friendly residents, low cost of living, cultural treasures or ethnically and architecturally diverse neighborhoods. Whatever the reason, Pittsburgh continues to draw talented students and professionals to the region. Find out more at Visit Pittsburgh and Urbanist Guide.

Pittsburgh Neighborhoods

In its 58.3 square miles, Pittsburgh has 89 neighborhoods, each of them shaped by their early British, Eastern European, Jewish and other immigrants’ spirit, wealth and work ethic. From row houses to Victorian mansions, synagogues to museums, each community offers its own history and charm.

Explore the following top six neighborhoods, and discover a home that offers the perfect mix of character, proximity to campus, access to basic services and fellow Tepper students available nearby for study groups and carpooling.


  • 1.0 mile from campus
  • 70 percent of Tepper School students reside here

Shadyside is an upscale residential area that mixes Victorian mansions and modern condominiums with upscale boutiques, restaurants and markets.

Squirrel Hill

  • 1.6 miles from campus
  • 12 percent of Tepper students reside here

Squirrel Hill is a comfortable residential neighborhood that’s popular with students and families. It features large Tudor homes, condos and apartments, as well as ethnic eateries and two large parks: Frick Park and Schenley Park.


  • 1.8 miles from campus
  • 5 percent of Tepper students reside here

Known as Pittsburgh’s Little Italy, Bloomfield is a working-class, urban neighborhood with a diverse population, numerous row houses, and a host of small businesses and restaurants.


  • 1.8 miles from campus
  • 2 percent of Tepper students reside here

Friendship is a small, completely residential area that features turn-of-the-century Victorian homes, many converted into apartments, as well as a small park and the Western Pennsylvania Hospital.


  • 0 miles from campus
  • 2 percent of Tepper students reside here

Urban with a distinctly academic and cultural feel, Oakland offers apartment and condo living alongside casual restaurants and shopping venues. It’s home to the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural HistoryCarnegie Library, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Highland Park

  • 3.0 miles from campus
  • 2 percent of Tepper students reside here

Built around the 380-acre park of the same name and inclusive of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Highland Park is a diverse residential neighborhood in the northeastern area of the city.

Other neighborhoods may suit you well — like Regent Square, Lawrenceville or the South Side. Check with Admissions and current students for advice on where to live.