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Welcome, Yinz! Your Downtown College Back-To-School Guide

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Summer is winding down, which means college students are coming back to the ‘Burgh! Whether you’re starting off as a freshman or coming back for another semester, we’re so glad you’re here. No matter if you Hail to Pitt or your heart belongs to Point Park, Downtown Pittsburgh welcomes you!

Bussing is a Breeze! 🚏

Even if your campus isn’t in the heart of Downtown, getting here is easy! All 61 and 71 busses have routes that pass through Pittsburgh’s major college campuses and leads into Downtown. These busses run frequently and are an incredible resource. Click here to read more about Downtown bus routes.

Having Fun Doesn’t Mean Breaking the Bank! πŸ’Έ

We know the college student budget can sometimes be tight. But did you know that Downtown Pittsburgh offers tons of ✨FREE✨ programming? From free concerts and fitness classes to happy hours and markets, there’s never a shortage of exciting events. Check out some of our Market Square programs below:

  • Yoga in the Square 🧘
    • Sunday: 10 – 11 am
    • Tuesday: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Move-It Monday πŸ’ͺ
    • 5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Lunch Time Concerts 🎡
    • Every Day: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Happy Hour Concerts 🍻
    • Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Farmers Market 🌽
    • Thursdays: 10 am – 2 pm

Read all about our programming here!

Get that Pittsburgh Spirit! πŸ–€πŸ’›

We love Pittsburgh, yes we do! We love Pittsburgh, how about you? Whether you’re representing the local sports teams or showcasing your love for pickles and pierogis, there are lots of places to shop from so you can let your yinzer colors fly! love, Pittsburgh and Steel City Brand are two small businesses that have all the Pittsburgh merchandise and attire you will ever need!

Coffee Cravings: Covered! β˜•οΈ

If there’s one thing that college students need more than anything else, it’s coffee! If you’re looking for a quick caffeine fix or a quiet study spot, these spots are sure to satistfy.

  1. Nicholas Coffee Co.
  2. Adda Coffee House
  3. Creative Coffee & Supply

Need a Break from the Move In Craziness? Grab Lunch at These Spots! 🍜

Moving into the dorms can be exhausting. Why not take a break at one of the fantastic lunch spots Downtown? Nicky’s Thai Kitchen has a delicious lunch menu with lots of options, including salads, curries, noodle dishes and more! Bae Bae’s Kitchen has some of the best Korean inspired food in the city! Their food is made fresh daily and is a can’t miss. Forbes Tavern has your classic American fare and a homey atmosphere. Or explore the countless restaurants in the Golden Triangle and find a new favorite!

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