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University City, 1 Spruce St | Philadelphia

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  •  Central A/C
  •  Dishwasher
  •  Doorman Building
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Laundry
  •  Microwave
  •  Parking Available
  •  Pet Friendly
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances

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About this Location

CVS Pharmacy
5 min walk
40/42 (bus) - 1 min
MFL (metro) - 8 min
Clark Park
11 min walk
Lots of bars and
restaurants nearby


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The Neighborhood

Signature Spots

dining 28 Recs

Enjay’s Pizza
Zesto Pizza & Grill
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grocery 3 Recs

Trader Joe’s
Mariposa Food Co-op
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convenience 1 Rec

CVS Pharmacy
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fitness 16 Recs

Studio 34
Penn Campus Recreation
Bikram Yoga West Philly
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parks 11 Recs

Clark Park
Clark Park Dog Bowl
James G. Kaskey Memorial Garden
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coffee 17 Recs

Capogiro Gelato
Winterfell Dessert
Lil’ Pop Shop
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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
1 Bedroom
2 Bedroom

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University City Reviews

85 reviews
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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