Penn is situated in the University City section of West Philadelphia, just across the river from Center City Philadelphia. The city’s neighborhoods and suburbs offer a wide range of housing choices, nightlife, culture, and recreation. We encourage you to visit Philadelphia and explore its diverse neighborhoods.
Philadelphia offers the resources of a major metropolis, yet is known as a “city of neighborhoods.” Residents and visitors alike describe Philadelphia as warm and accessible.
Famous as the birthplace of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, Philadelphia offers much more than cobblestone streets and historical landmarks. Cultural, culinary, artistic and ethnic treasures abound in this city and its surrounding countryside. What makes Philadelphia so great is its unique blend of experiences. By day, explore four centuries of history and architecture, beautiful neighborhoods, remarkable museum collections and endless shopping. After the sun sets, the city heats up with acclaimed performing arts, candlelight tours, delectable dining and vibrant nightlife.
Over the last decade, Philadelphia has experienced an expansive urban renaissance, evidenced by the wide variety of outstanding restaurants in the area. Philadelphia has a reputation as one of the most livable cities in the country.
Among Philadelphia’s outdoor attractions is Fairmount Park, the largest urban park system in the United States, which offers a variety of recreational facilities. Philadelphia is a city of sports lovers, and is home to professional teams including the Eagles, Phillies, 76ers, and Flyers. The city is also home to important arts and culture resources including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
Penn is situated in the University City section of West Philadelphia, just across the river from Center City Philadelphia. Penn Park bridges campus and the downtown, providing a scenic pedestrian connection and athletic fields. The city’s neighborhoods and suburbs offer a wide range of housing choices, nightlife, culture, and recreation. We encourage you to visit Philadelphia and explore its diverse neighborhoods.
During New Graduate Student Orientation, the Graduate Student Center offers seminars on Fun in Philadelphia and walking tours of the city. Our NSO website includes presentations from last year’s seminars, and a schedule of upcoming seminars and tours that take place in August and September.