Academic innovation, boundless creativity and youthful energy pour through the arts, street-food and social scenes of U-City
Situated in the heart of dynamic, diverse West Philly, the University City area is home to two of Philadelphia’s most influential academic institutions - the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. To live here is to become part of a thriving student community, in a neighborhood whose commitment to intellectual and artistic creativity is apparent everywhere - in its architecture, art galleries and museums, and its flourishing culinary scene.
Discover the secrets of the past at Penn Museum, whose archives include more than a million archaeological artefacts from all over the world. Admire the artworks of the future at the Institute of Contemporary Art, be blown away by a dance showcase at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, or catch your favourite band live at The Rotunda music venue. In the summer, don’t miss the 40th Street Summer Series, an initiative that offers free outdoor concerts between June and September.
Food is a major part of University City culture, and restaurants and food trucks throughout the neighborhood serve specialties from all over the world. Satisfy your sweet tooth with French macaroons from the legendary Sugar Philly truck, stop in for fresh local fare at White Dog Cafe, or refuel between classes with delicious Caribbean soul food from the Gigi & Big R truck near Spruce Street. When the sun is shining, University City’s plentiful green spaces double as great picnic spots, and the perfect place to relax and hang out with friends.