English Language Institute

Arrival in Pittsburgh

Spring 2021: Travel to Pittsburgh

Due to Covid-19, beginning January 26, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will require all passengers who enter the U.S. to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 3 calendar days of departure, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. Airlines will deny the boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. In addition, Pennsylvania is requiring all travelers who are entering Pennsylvania from another U.S. state or another country to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering Pennsylvania or to self-quarantine for 10 days upon entry into Pennsylvania. The ELI has planned for this and will present all classes remotely until at least January 26, 2021 so that students are able to meet these requirements. On January 26, the ELI will follow University and government guidelines to assess the conditions related to COVID-19 in our area and determine if it is safe to move to the Flex@Pitt, a hybrid model of instruction that includes some in-person classes. Classes may remain remote at that time, or they may move to the hybrid model if conditions allow for it. Please check University of Pittsburgh COVID Updates and Announcements regularly for the most current information. 

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 city bus (company name: Port Authority Transit of Allegheny County). Take bus number 28X, which 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.) The bus stop is in the airport area called 'Ground Transportation' (on the baggage level). There is a schedule posted near the bus stop. You can also view the schedule online or by downloading one of their mobile apps.
  2. If you have arranged a homestay through OvECS, your homestay host will meet you at the airport.
  3. Take a Super Shuttle. You can make a reservation and get pricing information on the Super Shuttle website or by calling 800-258-3826.
  4. Take a taxi, Lyft, or Uber. The price ranges from approximately $37 to $75 to get to the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland.

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 GlobalPittsburgh 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

Quality Inn University Center
3401 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA  15213
Phone: 412-683-6100
0.5 miles (0.8 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 
0.6 miles (0.96 km) from the ELI

Residence Inn by Marriott
3896 Bigelow Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA  15213
Phone: 412-621-2200
By phone: Use code PTJG (Studio Suites) and PTJH (1 Bedroom Suites) for the Pitt Admissions Discount.
Online: Use code P6A for the Pitt Admissions Discount
1.3 miles (2.08 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

Ask for the Pitt Discount. 

1.9 miles (3.1 km) from the ELI

Springhill Suites by Marriott

134 Bakery Square Boulevard

Pittsburgh, PA  15206

Phone: 412-362-8600

By phone: Mention the Pitt Staff Discount.

Online: Use promotional code UPT for the Pitt Discount.
3.0 miles (4.82 km) from the ELI
Free shuttle service to and from the University is provided.