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Posted: Monday, 21 April 2014



Pittsburgh offers a wide range of accommodations from very affordable options including campus dormitories to more comfortable and exclusive hotels.

We have made a selection of convenient hotels, as well as a list of other options and useful websites for you to do your own search in case these options do not suit your preferences. Click on the "details" tab for our recommended options, pricing information, and reservation links.


  1. Duquesne University Dorm Rooms
    Guest housing available in our air-conditioned Residence Halls.
    Single Occupancy Room Rate: $ 40.00 per night (two bedrooms share one bath)
    Double Occupancy Room Rate: $ 35.00 per person per night (two bedrooms share one bath)
    Linens can be provided for the guests at $7.50 per set. A set of linens include: one pillow, one blanket, two sheets, one pillow case, two towels, and two washcloths.
    ***Men and women are not permitted to be housed on the same floor, unless the couple is married
    To make a reservation at the dorm rooms contact Aisha Upton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  1. The Cambria Suites is a newer hotel just a short walk from campus ( ). Only a limited number of king-bed rooms are available. Be sure to mention the IVSA conference, Duquesne rate of $115 (+ 14% taxes). At this hotel, we could not reserve a block of rooms for the conference, so be sure to make your reservation ASAP by calling the front desk at 412-381-6687.

  1. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh-South Side
    The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast each morning, a complimentary shuttle within a 3 mile radius between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:30 p.m., and gated, secured parking for an additional $14.00 per days. Be sure to mention the IVSA conference, Duquesne rate of $114 (+14% tax). For this rate, reservations need to be made by June 11, 2014. [20 rooms] (412) 488-1130 | website

  1. Pittsburgh Marriott City Center
    112 Washington Pl
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219
    (412) 471-4000
    Mention the IVSA conference, Duquesne rate of $135 (+14%).

On-Campus Parking Permits

On-campus parking is available in the Forbes Avenue Parking garage for all guests.  The garage is covered and centrally located on campus.  Guests may park in the garage on a cash basis or a parking permit may be established for their stay on campus. Parking Rates (subject to change) Weekday Parking: $12.00

Evening and Weekend Parking (after 5pm): $ 6.00

Arriving to Duquesne University from the airport

  1. Yellow Cab
    If you are arriving into Pittsburgh International Airport, you can hire a yellow cab from outside the Baggage Claim that will bring you to Duquesne. The cost is approx. $50-60 and it will take about 35 minutes. 
  2. Bus
    The 28X bus will bring you to The Blvd of the Allies Footbridge (Duquesne).  The cost is $3.75 (exact change is needed) and it takes approximately 40 minutes to get to Duquesne. Please  note: The drop off point is on the edge of the Duquesne campus. To enter the campus you walk up steps to a bridge over the highway and directly into the campus. The steps are about one equal to one short story of a conventional building. If you are unable to climb stairs you might want to take a cab from the airport. See this document regarding 28X.
  3. SuperShuttle
    The SuperShuttle vans are located by the car rental agencies (Hertz etc) at the airport near the baggage claims.  You share a van with passengers going in the same direction.  Reservations can be made online but are not necessary.  The service runs 24 hours a day.   A shared van ride is about $25 to Duquesne University.


Duquesne University campus: (visit website for maps and additional information)

Campus Dining Locations

Duquesne University Dining Services offers 11 convenient locations, each with its own mix of diverse and delicious menu selections. You can choose custom-made salads or fresh, never-frozen burgers, Italian or Asian cuisine, wraps or fresh-dough pizza, mouth-watering deli sandwiches, or home-style favorites. Enjoy national brands such as Starbucks and Freshens and hometown favorites like Coffee Tree Roasters. Relax in our campus restaurant, The Red Ring Bar + Grille, or grab a freshly-packaged salad or sandwich from our Campus Market. We have meals to meet every appetite and palette, including vegan, vegetarian and allergy-conscious foods. | Website

Outside campus Dining Options

Pittsburgh offers a variety of cuisines. Here are some of my favorite picks, within a short distance from Duquesne (a mile or less). Be sure to make a reservation, as these restaurants tend to fill up!

  1. Dish (Italian) | Website

  1. Café du Jour (BYOB)
    1107 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    (412) 488-9695 | Website

  1. Seviche | Website

  1. Eleven | Website

  1. Meat & Potatoes | Website

  1. Kassab’s (Middle Eastern, the most affordable of all) | Website

The following restaurants are excellent, but you will need a taxi to go there:

  1. Girasole (Italian) | Website

  1. Salt of the Earth | Website

  1. Legume | Website

If you are staying in Pittsburgh till Sunday, the Grand Concourse is quite spectacular (if used to be a train station) and offers an excellent brunch. This place, too, is within walking distance from campus:

The prestigious Carnegie Museum of Contemporary Art recently opened an exhibit on race: