Welcome to Pittsburgh!


New Students, welcome to Pittsburgh! At the JKM Library we have all of your academic and leisure reading covered but we also would like to encourage you to explore Pittsburgh and see what the city has to offer- especially those things at a discount for students!

This past year Pittsburgh was rated the most livable city in the US, and it’s easy to see why. Our city has so much to offer: social events, cultural activities, great food, great music and great sports! Stop by the JKM Library today and check out our first floor display to learn more about Pittsburgh and for some great things to do right near Chatham’s Shadyside campus. The Chatham shuttle makes it easy to get to the neighborhood of Oakland and public transportation can take you anywhere you’d like to go. Click here to see a list of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods and what they have to offer. You could also check the short film “Greetings from Pittsburgh: A Film Celebrating the Neighborhoods of Pittsburgh” to help you get acquainted with the different areas around town. Another great way to get to know Pittsburgh is through Michael Chabon’s novel “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh”.

Pittsburgh is known for its sports, and baseball games are a great way to spend the afternoon. Pirates tickets can be very inexpensive!

Pittsburgh has LOTS of parks –and the Allegheny Cemetery– pretty good bike trails, and even kayakingMellon Park is right at Fifth and Shady Aves: a great spot for a picnic!

Speaking of food, you can easily get to Whole Foods, Trader Joes and Giant Eagle Market District. There are also farmer’s markets near-by, as well as the East End Co-op (take the shuttle to Chatham Eastside!) And restaurants? Take your pick. From ethnic to vegetarian to all-American to Pittsburgh favorites, there are many restaurants within walking distance. Or you can head down to the Strip District for fresh seafood and Asian markets or the South Side for The Cheesecake Factory and more. In the mood for coffee or Sunday brunch? Try here, here, or here!

The South Side is also great for shopping as is Lawrenceville and Walnut street in Shadyside. Movie theaters are throughout the city in South Side and Squirrel Hill, and at Pittsburgh Filmmakers you can see local, foreign, and indy films- with a discount! Discounts for students are also available at Pittsburgh’s museums, including the Warhol Museum, and the Penn Ave galleries are free the first Friday of every month. Another great perk as a student is that you are able to use the local public library. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has a large collection of books of all types, as well as films, e-books and magazines.

Everything you need to know about getting started as a Chatham student is listed here.  Stop in the library today for more information and check out our Pittsburgh display. We’re glad you’re here!

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