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User currently offline767AV From Colombia, joined Dec 2000, 81 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 4 months 2 hours ago) and read 906 times:

Hello guys:

I´m thinkng of going to Pittsburg to attend an english course at Point Park University for two months starting in October until December. After that I´ll apply for graduate studies.

Do you have any comments regarding the city, the university, cost of living, etc?

I´ll be staying at the dormitories of the university. Any experience or comments about it?

Well all your comments are truly appreciated.

Regards,

767AV

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User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2875 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 2 hours ago) and read 900 times:



Quoting 767AV (Thread starter):

Do you have any comments regarding the city, the university, cost of living, etc?

I've been to the city numerous times, as it is kinda close to where my school is in WV. I do seem to get lost kinda easily just because it seems that the all the roads are one way. There is plenty to do in the city so you shouldn't get bored.

I'm pretty sure PPU is dwarfed by Pitt and Dusquene Univ's in terms of everything because that is all I ever hear about at school.

The Cost of living is pretty average when you compare it to most places around the US.

Oh, and PIT is a wonderful airport, IMO. The layout is pretty good airside (plus plenty to do/eat), but its a bit different landside. I'm not sure how to put it.



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User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7423 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 2 hours ago) and read 900 times:
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Quoting 767AV (Thread starter):
Pittsburg

PA or CA?



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User currently offline767AV From Colombia, joined Dec 2000, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 2 hours ago) and read 896 times:

One good thing is that there is not going to be a lot a latin americans, so I can speak a lot in english.

Quoting TZ757300 (Reply 1):
There is plenty to do in the city so you shouldn't get bored.

That sounds great thanks.

Quoting Jetjack74 (Reply 2):
PA or CA?

PA

Regards,

767AV


User currently offlineKtrick45 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 872 times:

I'm a 1980 graduate of Point Park, back when it was Point Park College. My cousin's daughter is a current student there.

The campus is in the heart of downtown. It is very convenient to anything you care to do, except shop for groceries. Costs are quite reasonable. The dorms are in an old, 1930s vintage hotel, and are generally very nice compared to most contemporary dorm facilities. The elevators are still the weak spot, according to my cousin. When I went there, it was not unusual to have all four main elevators on the 14th floor, going up, when I was on the 8th floor, trying to go down. (The dorm building, Lawrence Hall, has 21 floors.)

Pittsburgh is a city with a distinctly small-town feel. There are lots of cultural and recreational possibilities, to be sure. Right now, Point Park has been buying up a lot of the real estate in the downtown area, and things are starting to rebound a bit from the really seedy days of just a few years ago. The area where the school is, called "First Side," on the Monongahela River side of downtown, isn't where most of the attractions of the city are. Oakland, home to the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie-Mellon; and the Allegheny River side of downtown, called the "Cultural District" are where most of the cultural attractions are, and the night life is centered on the South Side (across the Monongahela River) and the Strip District (just beyond the Cultural District along Liberty and Penn Avenues and Smallman Street.) These aren't necessarily within easy walking distance, though the Cultural District is, but they're not tough to get to.

Getting around can be a bit confusing at first, because of the triangular layout dictated by the topography. The urban transit route structure is way outdated, but it works to best advantage in exactly the areas you're likely to want to frequent, and the bus and LRT equipment is generally very good.

The city is generally very safe. The "bad" neighborhoods are mostly out-of-the-way, and you probably won't have any reason to pass through them. You'll be here during NFL football season and NHL hockey season. Bring something black and gold, the colors of the city's sports teams, and you'll fit right in. The school colors are green, white and gold (officially green and white, according to the words in the Alma Mater, but always worn as green, white and gold, the colors of Allegheny County.)

The student population is pretty diverse. There's a large Middle Eastern and Asian population, and it has been that way since I was a student there. The university has a big theater and dance program that attracts students from all over. Not a bad place, overall.

[Edited 2008-07-31 21:52:07]

[Edited 2008-07-31 21:52:52]

User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9263 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 829 times:



Quoting 767AV (Thread starter):
Pittsburg to attend an english course at Point Park University



Quoting Jetjack74 (Reply 2):
PA or CA?

DAMN!! I was about to say that! Point Park is not in Pittsburg -- it is in Pittsburg-H!  Smile

Anyway, it's a decent city, as many have said above, there are a number of things to do in the city. There is also Mt Washington for a panoramic view of Dahntahn, the two inclines, Station Square shopping, and there's also Kennywood in the Summer!  Smile

Quoting Ktrick45 (Reply 4):
The campus is in the heart of downtown. It is very convenient to anything you care to do, except shop for groceries.

Well, that will likely be changing. I think you can shop for produce and some other things at the new market at the Encore on 7th Ave. They're supposed to put a grocery store at Piatt Place still, I think, or did that fall through. I know that Delallo's was supposed to go in there, but that fell through. Is there another one proposed for there IIRC?

Quoting TZ757300 (Reply 1):
The Cost of living is pretty average when you compare it to most places around the US.

I think the cost of living is actually quite inexpensive, rather than average, when considering the larger metro areas anyway. I have seen rent ranges out there in the $600-$800 range for a 2 bedroom apartment...

I used to live in Pittsburgh -- born and raised there, but now I live in Exton, just outside of Philly, and I pay $875 a month for a ONE bedroom. The rent here in Chester County generally starts around $1,000, and generally goes up even higher as you get closer to Philly...

So, all that considered, the Burgh is generally quite inexpensive IMO...



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User currently offlineMolykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1342 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 818 times:
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Quoting 767AV (Thread starter):
Do you have any comments regarding the city, the university, cost of living, etc?

I grew up about 40 minutes north of the city. It's a cool place to spend a bit of time but the government and general mentality of people in the area frustrates me. Since you'll only be in town for a couple months, you'll probably enjoy your stay. Most costs of living are reasonable but the public transportation infrastructure is pretty poor.

If you're in town for ~2 months this fall and would like to experience the city I'd suggest the following.

- Attend a Steelers game.
Even if you're not into (American) football, it's a unique atmosphere. It's not a ridiculous exaggeration to suggest that the Steelers are life to a handful of the population. You could probably scalp a ticket affordably just before a game begins.

- Restaurants

  • Fat Head's:
    Large unhealthy sandwiches heaping with unhealthy toppings and a large selection of beer! In a sense it's disgusting. On the other hand, this is the type of food that the city is known for. Missing this place (or a like restaurant) would be like visiting Munich and not enjoying a beer and pretzel!

  • Primanti Bros.
    This is similar to Fat Head's above but has a longer history. Several of these restaurants exist around the city. The original is located in the "Strip District".

  • Tessaro's:
    probably the best burger in town and it's not the typical Pittsburgh heart attack food. Granted, a burger can only be so healthy but the place doesn't have a fryer.


- General Suggestions

  • National Aviary
  • Visit the "Strip District" on a Saturday morning. This area consists of a bunch of ethnic shops and restaurants. It's a nice place to take a walk with a cup of coffee and/or purchase some food items that the general grocery store may not have.
  • Museums. Many exist, largely in the "Oakland" area near the University of Pittsburgh.


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User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 796 times:



Quoting 767AV (Thread starter):
Do you have any comments regarding the city



Quoting 767AV (Reply 3):
PA



Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 5):
Point Park is not in Pittsburg -- it is in Pittsburg-H

Dude... why on earth would anyone go to Pittsburgh??? Pittsurgh SUCKS!!!

Come to Cleveland... OH !!  Wink

Quoting Molykote (Reply 6):
- Attend a Steelers game.
Even if you're not into (American) football, it's a unique atmosphere. It's not a ridiculous exaggeration to suggest that the Steelers are life to a handful of the population. You could probably scalp a ticket affordably just before a game begins.

nooooooo, no no no no no... bad idea!!!  Big grin

Come to a Browns game... more fun!

The ONLY good thing about Pittsbugh.. is IKEA.....

Whatever you choose, i wish you the best of luck!

CO7e7 in CLEVELAND, OHIO...  Wink


User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9263 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 768 times:



Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 7):
Pittsurgh SUCKS!!!

You've never been to Pittsburgh, have you?  Wink

Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 7):
nooooooo, no no no no no... bad idea!!!



Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 7):
Come to a Browns game... more fun!

Don't listen to this guy! You'd be better off going to any local ASPCA for that matter!!  Wink

What... they don't call it the dog pound for nothing! Big grin

They do have a good team tho -- finally... I'll give 'em that

Go Steelers, and -- oh yeah, Go E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles, too! Hey, I am all-Pennsylvania, born and raised in Pittsburgh, now living and working in/near Philly! Have anything against the Cradle of Liberty?  Smile



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User currently offline767AV From Colombia, joined Dec 2000, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 742 times:

I would like to know about the weather in November and December. Should I expect a lot of snow?

[Edited 2008-08-05 06:11:47]

User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2875 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 737 times:



Quoting 767AV (Reply 9):


I would like to know about the weather in November and December. Should I expect a lot of snow?

Just plan to expect it. You'll probably see more snow in December than November since November is still kinda warm for snow. I wouldn't expect anything major, all the worst snow we got was in January and February.



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User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9263 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 723 times:



Quoting TZ757300 (Reply 10):
Just plan to expect it. You'll probably see more snow in December than November since November is still kinda warm for snow. I wouldn't expect anything major, all the worst snow we got was in January and February.

Yeah, the mid-late Winter nor-easters are what usually bring the "big" snows... November and December snow is mostly from light lake-effect bands off of Lake Erie, as well as an occasional clipper system coming through. What is the average snowfall for the Burgh, somewhere around 24-36 inches or so?



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User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2875 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 719 times:



Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 11):
What is the average snowfall for the Burgh, somewhere around 24-36 inches or so?

I would assume so since that about how it is here in Morgantown.



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