//Maps, Directions & Parking
Maps, Directions & Parking 2018-01-12T10:36:00+00:00

Visiting the Robotics Institute

2017 CMU Map with Newell Simon area highlighted

To find your way around campus, download a campus map. There are other interactive maps and parking details maintained by the University at cmu.edu/visit.


Located in the center of Oakland, our campus is easy to find and interesting to explore. Our campus map can help guide you through our more than 140 acres in the Pittsburgh area.

The map includes the location of academic, administrative and residential buildings. Also, be sure to check out special markers for the information desk, university police, dining, health services, bus stops, parking and other highlights. The Robotics Institute Buildings Newell-Simon Hall and Smith Hall are shown in the highlighted area. We hope you enjoy your visit.

Driving Directions to Campus

From / To Pittsburgh International Airport

From the East

  • Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike West to Exit 57, Pittsburgh/Monroeville.
  • Follow Interstate 376 West to Exit 7, Edgewood/Swissvale.
  • Turn right onto Braddock Avenue (at the end of the ramp).
  • Continue to the Forbes Avenue intersection. (Frick Park will be on the left).
  • Turn left onto Forbes Avenue and follow Forbes Avenue approximately three miles to campus.
  • Immediately at the intersection of Forbes Avenue and Beeler Street, turn left into the parking garage on campus.

From the West/North

  • Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike east to Exit 28, Perry Highway.
  • Follow Interstate 79 South to 279 South (Exit 72).
  • Follow signs and go over the Fort Duquesne Bridge.
  • Take 376 East to Exit 2A, Forbes Avenue/ Oakland.
  • Stay in the right-hand lanes, following Forbes 1.3 miles through the Oakland business district to campus.
  • Immediately at the intersection of Forbes Avenue and Beeler Street, turn right into the parking garage on campus.

From the South

  • Take Interstate 79 North to 279 North (Pittsburgh).
  • Follow 279 North toward Pittsburgh through the Fort Pitt Tunnel and onto the Fort Pitt Bridge.
  • Once on the bridge, stay in the far right lanes and follow signs for 376 East/Monroeville.
  • Take 376 East to Exit 2A, Forbes Avenue/ Oakland.
  • Stay in the right-hand lanes, following Forbes 1.3 miles through the Oakland business district to campus.
  • Immediately at the intersection of Forbes Avenue and Beeler Street, turn right into the parking garage on campus.


CMU Parking Website with rates and details.

  • After arriving on campus, the first place to look for parking is the East Campus Parking Garage (Blue EC on map, GPS 5040 Forbes Avenue), or Collaborative Innovation Center (Blue CI on map) Parking Garage (GPS 594-598 Boundary St.).
  • The East Campus Parking Garage has an entrance at the south side of the garage closest to the University Center and Gesling Stadium. The south side entrance can be accessed on Forbes Avenue just past the intersection with Morewood Avenue.
  • The Collaborative Innovation Center (CIC) Parking Garage has entrances from Frew Street on campus following Tech Drive past Newell Simon Hall and down and to the right to enter the CIC lower level. There is also an entrance from Fifth Avenue, turn onto South Neville Street and follow to garage entrance. [ map 1 ] [ map 2 ]
  • Gates Garage (located in the lower level of the Gates Hillman Center) is another option. GPS address is 409 S. Neville St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Continue right on access road past the CIC Garage.
  • Additional parking is available in other locations throughout campus and at other nearby Oakland locations. For complete details of campus parking, locate the blue circle icons on the campus map. On-street metered parking is also available along Frew Street, Tech Street, Margaret Morrison and Schenley Drive. Meter rates and times vary.

GPS Addresses of East Campus Garage, Gates Garage, & Dithridge Street Garage Parking areas

For larger groups, CMU Parking Services offers Group Transportation on Campus.

Other Nearby Visitor Parking (Using Local Attractions)

These alternative parking arrangements are first-come, first-serve, no reservations and not affiliated with CMU:

Transportation Services for Visitors with Special Needs
Carnegie Mellon provides transportation services to disabled individuals visiting with members of the campus community. This service can be used to transport visitors from one of the above parking options to their meeting location on campus and back. One of the Escort Service vans is equipped with a wheelchair lift that complies with ADA specifications. Arrangements can be made by sending email to the University Police Department at least 24 hours in advance. Please specify the specific needs of your visitor, including date of visit, times, and locations that escort is needed.

There are also shuttles that run hourly for visitors that do not need the Escort Van, but do need assistance getting closer to Newell-Simon Hall. Contact University Police for information regarding current shuttle schedule and pick up / drop off locations.

Hotels, Bed and Breakfast and Other Places to Stay

There are many places to stay in the immediate vicinity and elsewhere in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Most of the major hotel chains have establishments nearby. Expedia‘s map view can help you choose a hotel convenient to campus and other needs or en route from the airport.

CMU Undergraduate Admissions has compiled a list of nearby accommodations.

BridgeStreet Corporate Housing, http://www.bridgestreet.com/ (888) 309 6592 or (412) 322 3999, provides fully furnished apartments in over 15 Pittsburgh locations for nightly, weekly or monthly stays. Also, check out the Pittsburgh Bed & Breakfast Association page.

Student Housing
Please visit the CMU Community Housing Services webpage for information about where to begin your search, whom to contact if you need temporary housing after you arrive, and an apartment hunter’s checklist.

Pittsburgh Restaurants and Places to Explore

Visit Pittsburgh has information about the large selection of restaurants and casual dining options.
A 2017 list of best restaurants can be found on the Pittsburgh Magazine website.

Yes, there are other places to go and things to do in the Pittsburgh area! Visit Pittsburgh is also a good resource for where to explore.

Imagine Pittsburgh has information on the cool things to do in the Greater Pittsburgh Region.