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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

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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
$1,153+
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$1,415+
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(215) 398-1073
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    •  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 7.0/10, based on 27 renter reviews

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5.0
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6.6
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6.4
Value
5.7
Social
8.3
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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Chestnut Hall

Pros: quiet, very convenient location (near hospitals, Fresh Grocer, CVS, bus and subway stops), good amount of space, excellent maintenance team

Cons: tenant pays all utilities including a share of common use that is outside of your control, some apts with little sun, relatively student-oriented so not as fancy as some other buildings are now

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Good Location

The apartment is not "state of the art", but it's proximity to the law school and price makes it a great option for a 1L.

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great location

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Good for students

This apartment, while probably over-priced for the quality, is very convenient for students. I live very close to Penn's campus and can get to class within 10 minutes. The apartment complex is pet-friendly, although they will charge you more. Unfortunately, there is not a ton of natural light and rent does not include utilities or internet, so living here is more expensive than it probably should be. Still, it's convenient, close, with a friendly staff. Also very quiet. Very close to MFL 40th Street station, and buses stop right outside the building.
My one-bedroom has lots of storage, which is helpful. One walk in closet off the bedroom and two other closets in the apartment.

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Very Convenient

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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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Beware of Utility Bill

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

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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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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
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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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