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Top Five Back-to-School Tips for College Students

Educate yourself about Philly with these five tips for collegiate fun outside the classroom

So you’re in Philadelphia to get a little educated — but you can’t be hitting the books all the time! Here are a few pointers to making the most of your time in the City of Brotherly Love (it’s up to you to not eat Ramen noodles every night).

And hey, parents! While you’re in town helping your kids get settled for the school year, check out our guides to Philadelphia’s hotels, restaurants, shops and museums.

1. Late-Night Eats

The first thing a Philadelphia college student should know is where to get some great grub in the wee hours. Click here to view the restaurants and bars where the grill is firing until 11 p.m. and later. (P.S. If a cheesesteak’s what you’re after, Pat’s and Geno’s are open 24/7.)

2. Cafés and Coffee Shops

College students are typically a sleepy bunch, what with all the late-night study sessions and all. Perk up — and get a little work done — at one of Philly’s locally owned cafés and coffee shops.

3. Live Music

Philadelphia is a stopping point for just about every major (and up-and-coming) musical act out there. Click here for a list of music venues in the region, ranging from the arena-sized Wells Fargo Center to the more intimate, bar-next-to-the-stage Johnny Brenda’s.

4. Transportation

Thanks to SEPTA, the Philadelphia region’s public transportation system, it’s pretty easy to get around town — but then again, it’s such a walkable city that you can easily get around on foot. For an exhaustive look at how to get from here to there, click here.

5. Art Supplies

With art-centric universities like Moore College of Art and Design and the University of the Arts within city limits, Philadelphia is home to many, many art students. Luckily, there are several wonderful art supplies stores in Center City, including Blick (1330 Chestnut Street, (215) 545-3214), Utrecht (301 S. Broad Street, (215) 546-7798) and Pearl (401 South Street, (215) 238-1900).


College Sports
Howsabout a little team spirit? Check out our guide to college sports in the region, including a preview of Big 5 College Football.

Things to Do
Looking for fun things to do in town? Check out uwishunu, our Insider Blog, for real tips from real Philadelphians — or take a look at our Events Calendar.

— Published August 28, 2009


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