Pittsburgh is no longer the “smoky city” of years ago. Through its “Renaissance” development, Pittsburgh has emerged as one of the most livable cities in the nation. The “new Pittsburgh” consists of thriving businesses, expanding universities and numerous teaching hospitals. Centrally located in the university and cultural center, PIMS is within the Shadyside area of Pittsburgh. This developing area is rich with culture, history and social activities.

PIMS is within several minutes of the heart of the downtown area, and an array of unique activities. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, the Pittsburgh Symphony performing at the Heinz Hall for Performing Arts, as well as numerous theatrical offerings are excellent opportunities for those culturally attuned. For the sports enthusiast, Pittsburgh is unparalleled. No matter the season, opportunities abound. The infamous Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and numerous college teams entertain throughout the year. Pittsburgh also has a wide variety of events opened freely to the general public including: the Three Rivers Art Festival, the nearby Shadyside Arts Festival, Pittsburgh Zoo, Aviary, Phipps Conservatory, the Carnegie Museum and others.

The many opportunities available in the Pittsburgh community provide an excellent atmosphere for engendering a versatile learning experience. While you are visiting PIMS, take some time to experience “the most livable city in the USA”.


New to the area? The guide below will help get you started on housing options and communities:



Hyatt House Pittsburgh
5335 Baum Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(412) 621-9900
0.48 miles from PIMS

Hampton Inn Pittsburgh University Center
3315 Hamlet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 681-1000
3.14 miles from PIMS

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 682-6200
2.27 miles from PIMS

Spring Hill Suites
Bakery Square
134 Bakery Square Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 362-8600
1.23 miles from PIMS

Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty 
123 North Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 665-0555
0.40 miles from PIMS

Hilton Garden Inn
University Center
3454 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 683-2040
(800) 996-3426
2.82 miles from PIMS

Courtyard by Marriott
5308 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(412) 683-3113
0.53 miles from PIMS

Friendship Suites
301 Stratford Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 392-1935
0.44 miles from PIMS

Residence Inn By Marriott
Pittsburgh University / Medical Center
3896 Bigelow Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 621-2200
2.11 miles from PIMS



Consider these communities East of the city:

Oakland                 Verona

Shadyside              Bloomfield

Friendship            Monroeville

Sharpsburgh         Highland Park

Swissvale               Edgewood

Consider these communities North & South of the city:

Millvale              Mt. Washington

Bellevue             Dormont

Ross Twp.          Greentree


PIMS knows that classes can drain the life out of our students at times so that’s why we suggest they live it up by attending our events.