Skip to main content Official Visitor And Travel Site
View University City Venues As:

The bustling heart of West Philadelphia and the academic epicenter of the entire region, University City is so named due to two of the largest and most influential institutions in town: the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University.

But though these collegiate giants, sub-anchored by nationally renowned medical hubs, have hands in multiple arenas, the enclave also boasts a magnetic individuality fueled by youthful innovation and an unshakeable commitment to artistic and cultural exploration. Visitors who walk U-City’s ample, busy sidewalks — it’s bordered by University Avenue to the south, Market Street to the north, 30th Street to the east and 38th Street westward — will uncover a fascinating palette of people and places, offering everything from a vibrant street-food scene and Iron Chef-run establishments to high-end art galleries and intimate late-night hangs.

An incredibly robust and diverse student population, which spreads beyond U-City’s borders in all directions, contributes to the verve and energy of the everyday, but you don’t need a backpack stuffed with textbooks to take your own tour of this dynamic neighborhood.

Read More >

Explore On Map

Neighborhood Highlights

University City Highlights

Penn Park Penn Park

Penn Park

The art of fielding

Read More »
The bar at Distrito. The bar at Distrito.


Tapas and tequila reign at this funky Mexican hot spot

Read More »
Penn Museum Penn Museum

Penn Museum

Transforming understanding of the human experience

Read More »
Penn Relays Penn Relays

The Penn Relays Carnival

The world’s oldest relay meet, held annually at the University of Pennsylvania

Read More »
Pod Pod


Superb sushi and dim sum in a spectacular space

Read More »
Institute of Contemporary Art Institute of Contemporary Art

Institute of Contemporary Art

Museum introducing provocative contemporary artists for more than 40 years

Read More »

Top Neighborhood Stories

Top University City Stories

What People Are Seeing instagram-icon

View More Photos

View All Listings in Neighborhood

By using this site, you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy.

Go To Top