English Language Institute

Arrival in Pittsburgh

Getting from the Airport to the University

The University of Pittsburgh is located in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh. Students can travel to Oakland in a number of ways:

  1. Take a Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT) public bus. (The bus number 28X stops at the University of Pittsburgh. The bus also stops near most major hotels in Oakland.) The cost is $2.75 one way. Exact change is required or payment can be made with mobile ticketing using one of the PRT-approved apps. The bus stop is in the airport area called 'Ground Transportation' (on the baggage level). You can view the schedule online or view real-time GPS-based scheduled by downloading one of the PRT-approved apps or Google Maps. 
  2. If you have arranged a homestay, your homestay host might be able to meet you at the airport.
  3. Take a taxi, Lyft, or Uber. The price ranges from approximately $37 to $75 to get to the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland depending on the day of the week, time of day, and availability.

Places to Stay Upon Arrival

Students who need a place to stay upon arrival while they look for an apartment have several options:

  1. Apply for a 3- to 7-day homestay through a local homestay provider at least two weeks in advance.
  2. Reserve a room in one of the hotels located near the University. Hotels close to the University are in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh.

Hilton Garden Inn

3454 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA  15213
Phone: 412-683-2040
0.1 miles (0.16 km) from the ELI

Hampton Inn University Center
3315 Hamlet Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15213
0.6 miles (0.96 km) from the ELI

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15213 
Phone: 412-682-6200
0.6 miles (0.96 km) from the ELI

Hyatt House - Pittsburgh South Side
2795 South Water Street

Pittsburgh, PA  15203
Phone: 1-800-233-1234 or 412-390-2477

1.9 miles (3.1 km) from the ELI

Springhill Suites by Marriott

134 Bakery Square Boulevard

Pittsburgh, PA  15206

Phone: 412-362-8600

3.0 miles (4.82 km) from the ELI
Free shuttle service to and from the University is provided.