Student Resources

STUDENT GUIDE 

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Are there official rules on how to acknowledge the support of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal program?

Yes, and this applies to all the work developed in the scope of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program. Students are required to include the following sentence in the scientific paper, poster, or any other publication:  “Support for this research was provided by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) through the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program under Grant XXXXX."

The grant number applies whether on the campus of CMU or in Portugal. In the event that you do not have a grant number yet simply state: “Support for this research was provided by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) through the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program.

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Life in Pittsburgh and as a student at Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh is an great place to live and has been consistently ranked in the U.S. media among America’s most livable cities. Formerly dominated by steel mills, crushing pollution, and factories, Pittsburgh has emerged in the 20th and 21st centuries as a vibrant, clean, green, and friendly city. Home to the Pittsburgh Technology Council, Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute, and countless technology start-ups, the city has successfully negotiated a new path from its industrial past to its technology-friendly future. It has something to offer everyone: distinctive neighborhoods, many different festivals throughout the year, breathtaking views, and world-class art, music, theater, education, healthcare, sports and shopping. Check out the Imagine Pittsburgh website for more on city life.

If you’re planning to come to Pittsburgh as a graduate student or visiting faculty member, you will be in good company. Carnegie Mellon attracts academic talent from all over the world and the campus boasts a vibrant, globally-minded community of people. This diversity is also reflected in the broader Pittsburgh academic communities. With other top-ranked universities and medical centers, the city is a magnet for intellectual talent.

We welcome our students who are coming to Pittsburgh for whatever time duration you are here for. Your home department will be an important resource for you, but the campus also has a number of other resources as well (see the end of this page for links).

Disclaimer: Some websites listed below are not affiliated with Carnegie Mellon. We have included them in an effort to provide you with a broader variety of options and resources. However, since they are not affiliated with the university we have no control over their content. If you feel any site is questionable or if you need additional help, please email us at icti-info@andrew.cmu.edu.

Student life

While there are almost unlimited possibilities of what you can do in Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon students need look no farther than campus to get involved, have a good time and begin to make friendships that could last a lifetime. With over 225 student organizations ranging from fencing to robotics, there’s a club for everyone with new groups being added every semester.

In addition to student groups, Carnegie Mellon is also proud to offer a variety of other events such as rotating art exhibits in the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, student theatre productions, dollar movie night at McConomy auditorium (cheap, fun, and easy), the university lecture series, technical talks, or the general university events calendar for other activities on campus.

The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) offers a wide range of both fun and academic development activities that are on-campus and off-campus. They also help with funding for academic conferences and provide support for personal and professional development. [2010-2011 Official Academic Calendar] 

Housing

Carnegie Mellon’s campus is bordered by Squirrel Hill to the east, Shadyside and Friendship to the north, and Oakland to the south and west. Most students live in these neighborhoods, but there are other neighborhoods that are not much further away and are easily accessible to campus by bus, such as Bloomfield and Greenfield. Pittsburgh neighborhoods each have a distinctive flavor, so to the extent possible, view apartments and neighborhoods in person before making your decision..

For accepted students, Carnegie Mellon offers a housing registry. There are also a variety of non-university online housing resources: the Student Guide to Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s classified ads, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review classifieds, the Rental Guide to Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Apartments, Craig’s List Pittsburgh, TruliaApartmentList.com, and apartmentratings.com, which provides user ratings for apartments.

Local ZIP codes for neighborhoods around Carnegie Mellon include: 15213 (Oakland), 15217 (Squirrel Hill), 15232 (Shadyside). This website can show you the areas of these zip codes on a Google map.

Transportation

With the cost of gas rising there has never been a better time to start thinking of alternatives to driving. Although monthly and semester parking rates are available both on and near campus (click to the university's parking office), public transportation is an economic, ecological and convenient substitute from getting into a car. Every Carnegie Mellon student ID entitles the holder to unlimited public transportation and with no roads on campus, the buses will get you just as close as a car can. Even though Pittsburgh’s trolleys are long gone, the fleet of city buses covers a large area, with several buses stopping in front of the campus, and the 28X departing for the airport every thirty minutes. If you do insist on driving, however, you might also consider carpooling.

The buses, however, are not the only way to get to Carnegie Mellon. Pittsburgh is increasingly becoming a bicycle-friendly town and many students elect to pedal to campus. There are several bike stores where inexpensive bikes can be built/purchased and free bike maps, advice and support are available through Bike Pittsburgh. Carnegie Mellon also provides a free shuttle service during the day with scheduled stops as well as an escort van at night that will take students anywhere within a 1.5 mile radius of campus.

 

Health and wellness

The Greeks believed that a strong body was as important as a strong mind; likewise, Carnegie Mellon is as concerned with providing services to support their student’s intellectual and academic aspirations as emotional and physical needs.

Carnegie Mellon’s Health Services office offers a variety of services from drop in hours and allergy shots to women’s health and STD/STI testing. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a place for students to voice and explore their concerns. Dedicated to improving the student’s quality of life, Carnegie Mellon also offers a variety of wellness programs such as drug/alcohol counseling, nutrition guides, body image consultation, and massage.

For students looking to get in shape, train for a seasonal sport or just move around after a day of classes, Carnegie Mellon’s athletics facilities are clean, centrally located, and feature up-to-date equipment. All facilities are open to registered students—just bring your Carnegie Mellon ID card—and you can also bring children and up to one non-Carnegie Mellon guest for no charge. The University Center has racquetball/squash courts, exercise rooms, yoga, aerobics, dance, jacuzzis, steam rooms, and lap and diving pools. (The diving pool has a family-friendly shallow end where parents often bring their small children.) Skibo Gymnasium offers basketball and volleyball courts, free weights, aerobic machines and even a fencing and martial arts room. Gesling Stadium has a new track to run/walk on, and tennis courts are conveniently located close by. Intramurals run throughout both semesters and students can often be seen playing unofficial pick-up games of Frisbee and Cricket.
 

Arts and entertainment

For many students and city residents, entertainment might take the form of attending the very popular Pittsburgh sporting events such as baseball (Pirates), American football (Steelers) and ice hockey (Penguins). Carnegie Mellon students also have free access to several museums around campus and downtown. Located just a few blocks from campus, the Carnegie Museum of Art provides a good chronological perspective on Western art with several temporary installations, while the Carnegie Museum of Natural History has minerals, butterflies, dinosaurs, and more. Located within easy walking distance to campus, the Carnegie complex is also home to the hall of main branch of the public library, Hall of Architecture and the Carnegie Music Hall. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is also free to Carnegie Mellon students.

Located downtown on the North Shore by Heinz field, the Carnegie Science Center is a source of exploration and wonder while the Warhol boasts one of the best Andy Warhol collections, not to mention archives, in the world. The Mattress Factory, a contemporary art installation gallery, and the National Aviary are also free to students.

With a large selection of small venues and converted churches, Pittsburgh has a thriving music scene. Whether you like bluegrass, hip-hop, rock or dance, there’s a venue or club for everyone. There are also several independent and commercial theatres.

The New York Times recently visited Pittsburgh and featured the story in its travel section, "36 Hours in Pittsburgh." It's a good overview of many of the city's highlights.

Shopping

Home to a number of corporate headquarters, including American Eagle, Pittsburgh has a unique variety of chain stores, massive shopping centers and independent boutiques. Although the Waterfront provides many of the basics to outfit a house, the shops on Walnut will add a personal touch while the galleries on Ellsworth will add a little pizzazz. There is an Ikea located at Robinson Township, near the airport and about 30 minutes from the city, for easy home furnishing needs. Craig Street, located about a half mile east from campus is filled with coffee shops, restaurants and used book stores while Forbes and Murray in Squirrel Hill has record stores, bike shops, and “Dozen,” the best cupcake restaurant in the entire city.

Dining

Like most things in the Steel City, Pittsburgh has its own unique approach to food. The city certainly has a range of upscale restaurants, but, because of its large academic population, there are also a great number of moderately priced restaurants. The prefix ‘Pittsburgh’ to any dish can almost guarantee French fries on it (for example, a “Pittsburgh salad” has French fries and meat on top of the lettuce), and Primanti Brothers, one of Pittsburgh’s most famous restaurants, goes one step further, offering sandwiches complete with fries and coleslaw already inside. Dave and Andy’s, just a few minutes from campus, is home to some of the city’s best ice cream while Antoon’s Pizza, just down the block on Atwood, offers $5 full cheese pizzas around the clock.

Pittsburgh is also very conscientious about accommodating everyone’s dietary needs. Many of the restaurants in Squirrel Hill keep Kosher and are under Rabbinic supervision while Halal meat is available at Salem Halal Meats & Groceries in Oakland. Vegetarian/vegan friendly restaurants are located throughout the city and Zeneith’s antique store/restaurant setting needs to be experienced first hand. Additionally, there is a gluten-free bakery and raw food restaurants on Craig St. There is a complete restaurant listing on Pittsburgh’s City Search.

If you prefer to cook, there are several large grocery chains including Giant Eagle, an American-style grocery store, and Whole Foods and Traders Joe’s. There are also several specialty Italian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Greek and Southeast Asian markets located throughout the neighborhoods.

It’s hard to capture an entire city in one document; Pittsburgh is really what you make it. We also really encourage you to explore the countryside around Pittsburgh if you have the time; it’s beautiful.

If you are coming to Carnegie Mellon, here are some other important resources that you will find useful:

• The “Settling In Guide” from the Office of International Education (OIE); provides information on immigration & visas, weather, money, tuition, health insurance, immunizations, transportation, information for families, housing, buying a car, drivers licenses, shopping, tax information, and more.
Student Affairs’ website, includes information on community, moving to campus, and other resources.
• Wikipedia’s page on Carnegie Mellon and on Pittsburgh.