Oakland is a district in [Pittsburgh]]. It is east of Downtown. In it are many of the hospitals that serve Pittsburgh and most of the colleges and universities.
From downtown one takes Forbes Avenue east which is a one-way street that leads directly to Oakland. There frequent PAT buses as well as this is a heavily travelled route.
See and do
Although Oakland is essentially a location for schools and hospitals, there are many things to see and do there. Perhaps the most interesting for visitors is The Carnegie Library and Museums. There are three major sections in a single large building along Forbes Avenue:
Eat and drink
Put some twenty thousand college students in a small urban area and you can be sure you won't go hungry. Or thirsty. If you've outgrown college food and college bars there are also a number of very good restaurants in the area.
Since this is a "college town", as well as a center of research and technology, there are numerous accomodations including most of the bigname chain hotels. In addition the area has very frequent bus connections to Downtown which is only a ten or fifteen minute ride to all the large downtown hotels.
There is a concentration of different colleges and universities in Oakland that is perhaps only rivalled in Cambridge, Massachusetts. These include, most notably, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, but there are many others, large and small, public and private.