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University City, 3411 Chestnut St | Philadelphia
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  •  Cat friendly
  •  Dog friendly  
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Hardwood Floors
  •  Oversize or penthouse units
  •  Parking Garage  
  •  Private Balconies
  •  Resident Lounge  
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  •  Swimming Pool
  •  Washer/Dryer In Unit

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8.4
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About this Location

Trader Joe’s
9 min via 13 (light rail)
MFL (metro) - 3 min
University City Station - 12 min
Schuylkill Banks
15 min walk
Lots of bars and
restaurants nearby

Pricing 
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$2,800+
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$3,790+
3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$4,978+
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  • Bedrooms

    •  Walk-in Closets
  • Building Related

    •  Elevators
  • Convenience

    •  Business Center
    •  Conference Room
    •  Dry Cleaning Valet Service
  • Entertainment

    •  Grilling Station
    •  Resident Events
    •  Resident Lounge  
    •  Theater Room
  • Kitchen

    •  Dishwasher
    •  Granite Countertops
    •  Microwave
    •  Refrigerator
    •  Stainless Steel Appliances
    •  Stove & Oven
  • Landscape

    •  Courtyard
  • Laundry

    •  Washer/Dryer In Unit
  • Lease Terms

    •  Application Fee  
    •  Move-in Fee  
    •  Online Rent Payment
  • Living Room

    •  Air Conditioning
    •  Hardwood Floors
    •  High Ceilings
    •  Large Windows
  • Parking & Transportation

    •  Parking Garage  
  • Pet Terms & Amenities

    •  Cat fee  
    •  Cat friendly
    •  Dog fee  
    •  Dog friendly  
    •  Max Pets Limit  
    •  Pet deposit for cats  
    •  Pet deposit for dogs  
    •  Restricted breeds  
  • Security & Maintenance

    •  24-Hour Front Desk
  • Sports & Fitness

    •  Fitness Center
    •  Swimming Pool
  • Unique Unit Types

    •  Oversize or penthouse units
  • View

    •  Private Balconies
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Overall rating 8.4/10, based on 21 renter reviews

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Value
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Social
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Safety
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Domus reviews and highlights

  • Variety of common area amenities including a media room, study room, pool, etc.
  • Electricity can be a little expensive during the winter
  • Expensive, but the location and the state of facilities are worth it
  • Great security
  • Great for families and children and is pet-friendly
  • Maintenance is responsive
  • 10' ceilings
  • Amazing amenities
  • Well maintained, clean, comfortable, quiet, and spacious
  • Stainless steel appliances and a washer/dryer in each unit
  • Attached parking garage
  • Best place to live
  • High-end apartment building
  • Modern and has very agreeable amenities
  • Excellent building management and maintenance service
  • Great location right next to Penn Law and Wharton
  • Great community with top-notch facilities
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Domus

Expensive, but very nice building that is literally across the street from the law school. Very safe.

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Fantastic Housing for Obscene Cost

As a medical student at Penn, the location is incomparable. 9 min walk to the medical campus, 10 min walk to Presby, 15 min walk to the VA, 5 min walk to undergraduate campus, and 4 min walk to MFL 34th street station.

The apartment is incredibly nice and quiet, with granite countertops, steel appliances, wood floors, the works. I have floor to ceiling windows overlooking the adjacent street, though the view isn't amazing. Animals are allowed but incur a small monthly fee. Central heat and AC, hotel like conditions. There's a built in parking garage for about $160 a month (slightly cheaper than long-term use of adjacent garages). There's an outdoor pool open during the summers and a nice indoor gym. Several multimedia rooms and study rooms.

The problem is the cost. $2900 a month for a 1 bed, 1 bath. Might be worth sharing with a roommate, though; both of you would have great housing in a fantastic location at $1450 a month. But I wouldn't recommend going it solo.

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Worth Price

Domus is extremely expensive compared to other apartment buildings in the area. However, you definitely get your money’s worth. The apartments are fairly new, spacious, and beautiful. The building has several great amenities like conference rooms for studying, a gym, pool, club house, outdoor fire places, etc. The staff is extremely attentive, and if you submit a work order in the morning, there’s usually someone there within the next couple of hours to take care of the issue. The building is also located between Drexel and Penn’s campuses, which, apart from being a convenient location for students at either school, means that campus security officer are constantly patrolling the area. This makes makes you feel really safe when you are walking home, especially at night, and provides a nice sense of security. The building also has fob access to the main entrance and elevators, further adding to the safety of Domus. There is also a Starbucks conveniently located in the lobby, and the building is a 10 minutes walk to market street station.

My only complaint is that the building permits undergraduate students to reside there. Although most undergrads don’t cause trouble, the halls will sometimes smell like marijuana, and sometimes students will throw parties that can be a bit annoying. However, this is pretty rare, and not limited to the actions of undergraduate students.

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Good location, but pricey

Convenient location for class, but pricey.

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Terrible management

Management here is utterly unprofessional, untimely, and generally rude. Definitely do not move here if you have pets, because there is nowhere to take them out and the building acts very anti-pets. They have allowed my packages to be delivered to other residents, and then send me upstairs on a goose chase to find my packages rather than retrieving them on their own. The other residents are loud and obnoxious, and frankly everyone is a rich, international student that feels entitled to do whatever they want, and management doesn't care. People treat these apartments like college dorms, and they are absolutely not worth the price they rent for.

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Domus

Very good especially for a 1L - close to school, great amenities, easy for study group meetings etc.

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Excellent Property

Great Management. Great amenities. 10 to 15 min door to door walk to classes. Luxurious, spacious and well maintained units. Tenants are diverse, mostly law students, medical students/doctors, professionals and some Whartonites. Several international students/families. Many tenants with small children and/or pets. 24/7 concierge (Good Security) Maintenance is responsive. Quick Uber or taxi ($6-$8) to Center City if you need to meet with friends over dinner or drinks. Bus #21 to Center City stops across the street. Metro is less than a block away. Trolley is about 1 block away.

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Great location and amenities, but pricey

When I moved in to Domus in the Summer of 2015, it was the only full service rental building in University City. Apartments are spacious, more luxurious that you would expect, and well designed for students with large built in desks. Parking is well below market at $150/month and management offers 10 month leases (at a premium), which is nice for students who don't want to deal with subletting. Overall, it is an exceedingly comfortable place to live with a few caveats:

-The pool is beautiful, but the rental office won't tell you that it closes on Labor Day.
-Having moved here from a very well run condo building, my view of management is lukewarm at best. That said, although they don't do much to make you feel like a valued resident, they have been consistently honest and haven't caused any major issues.
-Fire alarms have been a problem and management has been defensive about the cause(es).

Since I moved in, three new high rise apartment buildings have opened in the neighborhood. If rents normalize to ~2k/month, Domus starts to become a fair value.

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Great Location

Located directly across the street from the Law School, Domus is one of the most conveinent places to live in the city

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Great luxury apartment across from the law school

I love living at Domus. It's close to school but unfortunately far from the action of center city and the rest of Philadelphia. It's perfect for a pet owner- it's a $30 monthly fee. However, because it's pet-friendly, you'll be dealing with everyone else's noisy dogs too. It's a beautiful building with great amenities including a pool and movie theater, but might not be worth the rent premium. Management knows there are no other luxury apartment buildings so close to Penn and Drexel so they really do charge a premium, and raise the rent a LOT each year. You can definitely find cheaper rent elsewhere, but nothing this spacious, high-end, and comfortable in University City. If you have a car, there's no better choice because the garage is attached.

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The Neighborhood

Signature Spots

dining 32 Recs

Magic Carpet
Cucina Zapata
White Dog Cafe
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Trader Joe’s
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convenience 4 Recs

CVS Pharmacy
Wawa
Old Nelson Food Company
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fitness 28 Recs

Penn Campus Recreation
Hotbox Yoga West Philly
Class of 1923 Ice Rink
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parks 13 Recs

James G. Kaskey Memorial Park
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About University City

Sitting west of the Schuylkill River, University City is the scholastic center of West Philadelphia. University City combines the diversity of a college town with the energy of a large metropolitan area. Public parks, farmers markets, restaurants, and theaters, this neighborhood has it all.
Fresh Grocer
College Feel
Very Walkable
Heart of UPenn
Lots of Students
Cheaper than Center City
Solid Restaurants and Bars
Median rents in University City
Studio
$
1,300
1 Bedroom
$
2,200
2 Bedroom
$
2,950

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$150 / month

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University City Reviews

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My wife & I lived in Center City for a few years before moving across the river here. University City is a ton of fun! Definitely not as many restaurants and bars at each corner, but the ~10 minutes shaved off my commute to HUP / the VA each day makes it well worth it for anyone who works at any of the healthcare sites or at UPenn / Wharton.
Has a down-to-earth vibe with a lot of ethnic diversity (and lots of amazing and cheap food!). Is also convenient to UPenn if you attend school there. Clark Park is also super lovely (with a great farmer's markets throughout most of the year), and there are a ton of adorable dogs around.
There's definitely enough restaurants, bars, and shopping to get you through the week. On the weekends I think it's a lot more fun to head to the Rittenhouse/Center City area, but there's certainly nothing wrong with UCity.
I enjoy living in University City. It is perfect if you want to live in a low key area very close to school. Most people in the area are affiliated with Penn, so the community is generally pretty young and active. You are in walking distance from everything you might need. You do not need a car to get around. Even if you plan on spending a good deal of time in Center City, you can get there easily by rail or by Uber. I wouldn't have chosen to live anywhere else during 1L.
It is really close to campus, so the campus security is always around making the area very safe. The noise level never gets too bad, during class hours there are people everywhere. However after evening classes everything dies down as people are either going home or are inside studying. The closest grocery stores are Fresh Grocers (on 40th street and Walnut) and Trader Joe's (on 21st and Market). Because this is an area that is mostly college campus there are not a lot of social places near by, you typically have to head into center city for most of the good places to socialize.
University City can be fairly noisy due to the students and many nearby hospitals and it lacks the nicer restaurants you find elsewhere in Philadelphia. Grocery shopping is fairly convenient but if you need to buy furnishings for your apartment, you may need to make a special trip elsewhere in the city. The bookstore is convenient but is a bit overpriced and has al limited selection.
Great neighborhood. The area is close to Walnut Street which is full of restaurants, bars, and anything you need really. There are a lot of students in the area and I have always felt safe here.
Nice area, but there have been a fair number of robberies in the neighborhood at night. Though they never occurred in Sansom, I would not walk alone especially as a female at night West of Sansom. As long as you are careful where you are walking and going towards campus or center city you are ok.

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