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University City

Home to major universities and directly adjacent to Center City

Locust Walk Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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The bustling heart of West Philadelphia and academic epicenter of the entire region, University City gets its name for having two of the largest and most influential institutions in town: University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University.

These collegiate giants, sub-anchored by nationally renowned medical hubs, serve multiple disciplines.

The enclave also boasts a magnetic individuality fueled by youthful innovation and an unshakeable commitment to artistic and cultural exploration.


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Visitors who walk U-City’s busy sidewalks — it’s bordered by University Avenue to the south, Market Street to the north, 30th Street to the east and 38th Street on the west — uncover a fascinating palette of people and places, offering everything from a vibrant street-food scene and famous chef-run establishments to high-end art galleries and intimate late-night hangs.

An incredibly robust and diverse student population, which sprawls beyond U-City’s borders in all directions, contributes to the verve and energy of the everyday. However, it doesn’t take a backpack stuffed with textbooks to need a reason to tour this dynamic neighborhood.

Getting Here

University City is a quick walk across the pedestrian-friendly South Street Bridge. Hopping SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line takes riders east and west along Market Street, one of U-City’s densest corridors. It also stops along prominent north-south swathes like 38th and 40th streets.

Locust Walk's LOVE statue in University City Locust Walk's LOVE statue in University City

Locust Walk in University City — Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia


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