University City Housing
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- Exceptional value for money given that many utilities are included.
- Maintenance crew are extremely professional in their timing and efficiency.
- Spacious and modern units.
What could be better
- Safety concerns.
Recent University City Housing reviews
Overall great deal for a student
The unit is pretty spacious for a studio and allows one person to live fairly comfortably within walking distance from the Penn campus. I was done with shared living arrangements so this was perfect for me. The only major drawback is a lack of closet space in my particular unit, but it was the only one available when I signed on so I was willing to live with that. No dogs are allowed but they did allow my cat to stay for a one-time fee. I Heat, gas, hot water and internet are included in the rent, and the heat is almost too powerful at times. The building is older and the apartment is not modern, but it's budget-friendly and clean. The leasing office/maintenance are friendly and responsive. There is no in-unit laundry - it is on the first floor and you can pay for it with a phone app which is pretty neat. The building is across the street from Penn Police, so it's very safe, and close to many restaurants, Fresh Grocer, and public transportation.
It's very walkable but quite loud at night
Great place for students on a budget
Summit Park Apartments has quite a bit to offer from indoor and outdoor pools to a dog park on site. Also, all utilities are included in the rent- so it’s very budget friendly. Bonus is that they have a shuttle that runs to Temple’s Health Science Campus during the week!
Valley High is Incredible
Our apartment is everything we could have asked for. The ONLY downside to it is that it's a little far from the fun of center city. They make up for it with having a free shuttle into the city. It doesn't run all day, so we have to plan and we still drive most days, but the shuttle is very nice. The driver's a cool dude, too. The apartment itself is small, but comfortable. Our daughters don't need much room, and because it's small its REALLY easy to clean. We have a gym membership that has been nice, but the pool access is really something that we will be taking more advantage of this summer. The clubhouse has a lot of deals for residents for food and adult beverages, too.
The best part is the price
It's cheap, and spacious but you get what you pay for. The building is old and in states of disrepair, but nothing that negatively impacts quality of life, really. But if you can't handle uneven floors, paint all over the floor, drafty windows, etc. then I wouldn't recommend.
Maintenance is responsive though.
Great apartment, spacious, and excellent natural lighting. Porch, fire place, in unit washer/dryer and dishwasher.
Castle Hill Apartments
Solid value, particularly for a one-bedroom apartment. My only complaint is more about the social scene than anything else. While I appreciate the short walk to the law school and proximity to good take-out restaurants and the activities on Baltimore Ave., the area is definitely quieter than Center City and has less going on.
Beautiful Apartment, Thin Walls
The apartments are spacious and beautiful. Renovated kitchen, porch, fire place, parking. Walls are thin and unfortunately have a inconsiderate neighbors. Management has been excellent and extremely helpful.
Nice area but outdated and understaffed
Place is nice, all the utilities are included. There's a gym, bar and two pools so that's nice. But they need major renovations to stay competitive. I lived there for 3+ years and I have to literally fight to get some of the new amenities that they are giving new tenants while raising my rent by $25/year. There has been several break-ins (ppl kicking in apt doors) and solicitations. In order to live at Summit Park, you HAVE TO have Photo ID, to access the clubhouse (where the gym, bar and pools are) why isnt that the case on ALL of the apartment building doors? There is no reason someone should be able to gingerly walk right up to my front door at 8 or 9pm when THEY DON'T LIVE IN SUMMIT PARK COMMUNITIES!!!
Nice place, safe area
I have lived in this apartment for about 2 years and have enjoyed it: the grounds are well kept outside, the apartment is spacious with large windows, maintenance staff quickly resolves issues, there is a gym with fitness classes, and there are washers and driers in each building.
I have a spacious studio apartment with hardwood floors and LOTS of closet space in a great location in University City/Spruce Hill. Local 44 and several other great restaurants are just down the block and there's a 24-hr CVS on the corner. The 42 bus picks up across the street, Clark Park is a 5 minute walk, and Penn is 1 mile away. I do think rent is mildly high (and has been going up $20/mo. each year) considering it is an old building without any updated features (the kitchen and bathroom are old), but internet, water, heat, and gas are included. Management is responsive and helpful. Cats are allowed in this building, but not dogs. I have been very happy living here and have had no issues.
Great Place for Young Professionals
I live with my boyfriend and my dog in a 2 bd; 1 ba apartment. We only planned to be there a year, but just signed a lease for our 3rd year. You can't beat the amenities it offers, and it's perfectly situated between Philly and King of Prussia - and only minutes from Manayunk and Conshohocken. All of the utilities (except internet) are included. They also offer rent credits if you recommend any of the Summit Philly properties to a friend (and they sign the lease). We've taken advantage of this a few times - who wouldn't want to save a few hundred dollars on rent! We haven't been able to find a better apartment option in the area and have loved our time at Summit Park.
It's cheap, and you get what you pay for. Old building, no amenities. If you have to pay $200-$300 more for a different 1 br (or a studio for the same price) that's closer to Rittenhouse, do it. Friends have way better places for the same price or less.
Good value, great location
Certainly a "no frills" building. There is no gym or any other high end amenities. That said, the apartments are spacious and the building is in a great location. Prices are very reasonable and utilities are included in rent.
Great place to live
Awesome penthouse suite - would not live in any other part of the building.