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University City, 3900 Chestnut St | Philadelphia
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  •  24-Hour Front Desk
  •  Building Laundry Room
  •  Central A/C
  •  Elevators
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Pet Friendly
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  •  Surface Parking Lot

User Rating

7.2
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22 Reviews

About this Location

CVS Pharmacy
4 min walk
Clark Park
19 min walk
MFL (metro) - 7 min
21 (bus) - 3 min
Lots of bars and
restaurants nearby

Pricing 
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Studio, 1 Bath
$1,194+
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$1,421+
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath
$1,681+
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(215) 398-1073
  • Building Related

    •  Elevators
  • Kitchen

    •  Dishwasher
    •  Garbage Disposal
    •  Granite Countertops
    •  Microwave
    •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Laundry

    •  Building Laundry Room
  • Living Room

    •  Central A/C
  • Parking & Transportation

    •  Surface Parking Lot
  • Security & Maintenance

    •  24-Hour Front Desk
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Overall rating 7.2/10, based on 22 renter reviews

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Value
6.0
Social
8.5
Safety
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Chestnut Hall reviews and highlights

  • Filled with graduate and professional students from Penn
  • Good location
  • Front desk quickly responds to noise complaints
  • Building feels very safe
  • Kitchen is small
  • Expensive for an older building
  • Good living experience for students in University City
  • Management staff is great
  • Chestnut hall is a safe, clean building that is kept well
  • Leasing office staff is unhelpful
  • Complex is very quiet
  • Strict no pet policy
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Beware of Utility Bill

My utility bill is about $100 each month for a studio apartment.

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Close to law school

I love living at Chestnut Hall! The apartment is quiet, very close to the law school so I can run back and grab something I forgot easily and don't have to walk too far in the cold, surrounded by great food and convenient shopping, and my 1-bedroom apartment is spacious and cozy. The staff at Chestnut Hall are friendly and there's a donut shop in the building!

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Very Convenient

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Chestnut Hall Apartments

Staff (including security and maintenance) are extremely friendly and super helpful with everything and anything. Laundry is right on your floor and you get a laundry card from the lobby in a few quick seconds. Garbage is also on your floor. There's an elevator and although the interior of the building itself is old, they did a pretty good job renovating. The price is great for how close it is to Drexel and Upenn campuses.

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Just okay.

Safe and convenient. Close to campus and decent parking at fresh grocer. Overpriced, faulty fire alarms, non-working elevators, etc. Overpriced and crappy.

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Pros and Cons

Overall I do like living in this building, but it definitely does have its issues. I will start with the pros. The community is friendly. It is mostly grad students from what I can tell. People are generally quiet and respectful. The hallways are a little run down but the apartments are nice. I feel like I have a ton of space for the price. The location is really convenient. It is a 10 minute walk from the law school, and everything you need is in walking distance. The area seems safe as well. It is right next to Penn's undergrad campus so there are always a ton of students in the area. It gets less safe as you go a little bit further west. There is 24 hour security / concierge which is nice. The package system is also very convenient. Maintenance here has always been friendly and helpful and management has always been responsive to issues that arise.

Now to the cons. My biggest issue by far since moving here was a period of 2 months where a tenant was chain smoking cigarettes indoors non-stop - which is against the building's rules. The building is old and the walls are thin so the smoke traveled and it made my apartment smell. To management's credit, it seems like they finally got the tenant to stop. Another issue that has been ongoing is one with the fire alarm system. It goes off randomly, sometimes in the middle of the night and on a few occasions it forced people out of their rooms really late at night. A lot of people think this is connected to the smoking, but management has not given a sure answer. Lastly, I would say that this building has temperature control issues. I am on the top floor, and I actually get a lot of heat from the apartments below me. I rarely even have to use my heat in the winter and sometimes even have to open my windows and use a fan to cool it down. I have heard that parts of the building do not have it as good and I hear some rooms are cold in the winter.

Overall I have liked living here, but like any building there are some downsides that you should consider.

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Comment from George , Guest Services Associate at AIMCO at Chestnut Hall
Thanks for the great feedback! -George
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Overall it's good

I've been staying at Chestnut Hall since I move to Philly. Overall the experience is good here, the management office is friendly and fast response to all issues. And location is perfect since all necessary facilities (restaurants, groceries, USPS, UPS, cinema, etc ) you need are within 3 to 5 minutes walk from apartment, although you might need 15 min walk to Drexel campus.

Alternatively, the apartment itself might be a little bit outdated (interior looks like 1990's). But the price is truly attractive compared to those newly decorated apartments near campus(like 3737 chestnut or 3601 market).

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Comment from George , Guest Services Associate at AIMCO at Chestnut Hall
Thanks for your feedback! I'm glad you enjoy the location and management at Chestnut Hall! -George
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Chestnut Hall

Chestnut Hall is great! The heating is controlled by the landlord, so it can get incredibly warm in the winter time (I left my windows open it was so warm). Heating aside, it it a great place for UPenn students who want to live in a building that feels like an extension of campus. My studio was the perfect size, came with a range and fridge, and allowed adequate space to host dinner parties.

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Thanks for the awesome review! -George
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Chestnut Hall Studio

My apartment is a decent size, but the location is what makes the building worth the price. It is close to the law school but not right on top of it. Management are friendly, and the building is clean and feels safe. It is also close to a grocery store.

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Noisy - depending on which side you live on.

Chestnut Hall is okay. I like being within close walking distance to school. That said, the building is basically on the Penn Campus and the back side is above several undergraduate bars, which can be outrageously loud at night and on weekends.

Overall, I would recommend living in Center City. But if you want to live within close walking distance to school, this is an okay option.

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Hi there, I'd love to hear more about your frustrations and see about reaching a solution to first and foremost make sure you feel right at home. If you'd reach out to me at ICanHelp@Aimco.com, we can discuss. Looking forward to it! -George
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The Neighborhood

Signature Spots

dining 31 Recs

Zesto Pizza & Grill
Enjay’s Pizza
Bobby’s Burger Palace
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grocery 4 Recs

Aldi
Trader Joe’s
Mariposa Food Co-op
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convenience 2 Recs

CVS Pharmacy
Wawa
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fitness 28 Recs

Fit Gym University City
Penn Campus Recreation
Bikram Yoga West Philly
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parks 10 Recs

James G. Kaskey Memorial Garden
James G. Kaskey Memorial Park
Dilworth Park
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coffee 16 Recs

Capogiro Gelato
Beiler’s Donuts
Winterfell Dessert
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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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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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