Home not only to Carnegie Mellon University, this highly urban community boasts several universities and hospitals, and an overwhelming majority of its population is student renters.

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At A Glance

  • Median resident age: 22.6
  • Average household: 2.2
  • Median rent: $908
  • Median home value: $80,905
  • Median household income: $24,005

Oakland is defined almost exclusively by the institutions dominating a great deal of Pittsburgh’s economy and culture. The area was first identified as “Oakland” in the late 19th century due to the abundance of oak trees in the farmland that made up the region. Soon after, commercial development proliferated, bringing in Andrew Carnegie — who founded the Carnegie Technical Schools (now Carnegie Mellon University) and the Carnegie culture complex, including the Carnegie Museums, Carnegie Music Hall and the main location for the Carnegie Library — as well as the University of Pittsburgh and its renowned medical center.

The major city thoroughfares of Centre Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Forbes Avenue and Boulevard of the Allies cut through the bustling business and residential regions and form much of Oakland’s urban identity. The neighborhood is divided into four sections, with students forming a majority of the populations of North, West and Central Oakland, and families populating the more residential South Oakland. With its high student population, Oakland is a major transportation hub, with numerous bus routes, university shuttles, multi-lane streets, and plenty of on- and off-street parking. Throughout the region, there are plentiful amenities for residents: casual dining, laundromats, retail shops, parks and more.

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Getting Around

Carnegie Mellon Shuttle Services

  • A Route - North Oakland, Lower Shadyside
  • AB Route - North Oakland, Shadyside (off hours and weekends)
  • Escort Service - 1.5-mile radius from campus (evening and late night)

Port Authority Bus Routes

  • 28X Airport Flyer: Pittsburgh International Airport, Robinson Town Center
  • 54 North Side-Oakland-South Side: South Hills, South Side, Bloomfield, Lawrenceville, Strip District, North Side
  • 58 Greenfield: Squirrel Hill, Greenfield, Duquesne University, Downtown
  • 61A North Braddock: Braddock, Swissvale, Wilkinsburg, Squirrel Hill, Downtown
  • 61B Braddock-Swissvale: Braddock, Swissvale, Regent Square, Squirrel Hill, Downtown
  • 61C McKeesport-Homestead: McKeesport, Duquesne, Kennywood Park, Homestead, Squirrel Hill, Downtown
  • 61D Murray: The Waterfront, Squirrel Hill, Downtown
  • 65 Squirrel Hill: Squirrel Hill, Downtown
  • 67 Monroeville: CCAC Boyce Campus, Monroeville Mall, Wilkinsburg, Point Breeze, Squirrel Hill, Downtown
  • 69 Trafford: Trafford, Turtle Creek, Forest Hills, Wilkinsburg, Point Breeze, Squirrel Hill, Downtown
  • 71A Negley: Highland Park, East Liberty, Shadyside, Downtown
  • 71B Highland Park: Highland Park, East Liberty, Shadyside, Downtown
  • 71C Point Breeze: Wilkinsburg, Point Breeze, Bakery Square, East Liberty, Shadyside, Downtown
  • 71D Hamilton: Wilkinsburg, Point Breeze, Shadyside, Downtown
  • 75 Ellsworth: Waterworks Mall, Pittsburgh Zoo, Highland Park, East Liberty, Bakery Square, Shadyside, South Side Works
  • 81 Oak Hill: Oak Hill, Hill District, Crawford Square, Downtown
  • 82 Lincoln: Bakery Square, East Liberty, Shadyside, Hill District, Downtown
  • 83 Bedford Hill: Oak Hill, Hill District, Downtown
  • 93 Lawrenceville-Hazelwood: Lawrenceville, Squirrel Hill, Hazelwood
  • P3 East Busway-Oakland: Swissvale, Wilkinsburg, East Liberty

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