About Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia is well-known for its historical significance but there is much more to America's fifth largest city! Click here for our recorded webinar on PennDesign student life in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is a major metropolis, home to a variety of different neighborhoods, each with its own character and pride.The University of Pennsylvania adds to the richness and variety of the city. A top tier university in every field, the focus of many current and graduated students remains in Philadelphia, elevating the level of discourse and practice on what makes the next great American city.

Penn and PennDesign reside in the neighborhood of University City. Penn has played an exciting role in the revitalization of West Philadelphia while maintaining the character and original essence of the area. PennDesign welcomes opportunities to become involved in the conversation of West Philadelphia's regeneration and invites students to safely explore, discuss and design potentials for its urban renewal. Separated by our beloved Schuylkill River, Philadelphia's downtown Center City is also part of the university experience.Center City is home to all the wonderful amenities and resources that make a city great: first rate art museums and galleries, public parks, music halls and venues, restaurants and bars of all shapes and sizes, and much more.

So make an afternoon of it, go to one of the area's many local breweries or BYO restaurants. Grab your helmet, because you're going to want to ride! Philadelphia is relatively flat and full of bike lanes. Philadelphia also has no lack of public transportation. Take your pick of bus, trolley or train, and you're all set to head out on your adventure! We do hope you will come visit and find out for yourself what it means to be a part of this vibrant city.

Learn even more about the great city that Penn calls home here.