University City

University City

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Homes for Sale

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About University City

University City is the hub of Philadelphia’s higher education. Located in West Philly, this neighborhood is home to notable universities including the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and University of the Sciences. A large portion of University City residents are made up of students and established professionals, creating a diverse neighborhood full of culture, activities, and entertainment.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $149,900 to $849,999

Closed Prices: $645,000

Median Sale Price: $645,000

Average $ per sq ft: $198

Association Fee Ranges: $0, $0 to $1033.67/mo, $598/quarter

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1915

Sq. Ft.: 1915 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Getting Around University City

Around University City

University City is bordered by the Schuylkill Expressway, University Avenue, and Market Street, connecting the neighborhood to downtown and providing easy transport options. University City is known for its abundance of parks, most of which run along Chestnut and Walnut streets. Many of the neighborhood’s dining and shopping options are spread out over Chestnut, Sansom, and Walnut streets, and the pedestrian-friendly South Street Bridge makes the area easily accessible.

Given the student population, apartments and rentals are common in this neighborhood. Price points in this area and neighboring areas vary, but home prices have generally increased here over the last few years.

Food makes a neighborhood, and University City has its fair share of unique eateries, food trucks, and cafes. Locals can choose from Korean, Mexican, Indian, Pakistani, Ethiopian, Italian, Chinese, and American fare, plus gourmet burgers, hot pot, and more. Many of the restaurants in University City tend to be budget-friendly to cater to the student population. Several popular farmers markets are also a fixture in this neighborhood, including the Clark Park Farmers Market which offers local and organic produce year-round. Locals love the Tacos Don Memo food truck, often found at the Clark Park Farmers Market serving up tacos, burritos, tostadas and more.

Situated across the Schuylkill River from downtown, University City boasts a stellar view of Philadelphia’s skyline. Tree-lined blocks are home to businesses and residential buildings in a mix of traditional and modern styles, and University City’s many parks make it particularly dog-friendly. Penn Park has fields, paths, and athletic facilities available for public use, and nearby historic neighborhoods are within walking distance, making the area easy to explore.

Aside from an array of food options, no college town is complete without tap houses, bars, and pubs. Choose from an extensive beer list as you enjoy the outdoor terrace at City Tap House or join the college crowd for pub food and trivia at the New Deck Tavern. World Cafe Live Philadelphia on Walnut Street is home to some of the best live music and concerts in the city, and the legendary Palestra sporting arena hosts Philadelphia Big 5 basketball games and other fan-favorite sporting events.

The Porch at 30th Street Station offers outdoor space to relax, eat, drink and watch. With rotating food trucks, a beer garden, outdoor seating and performances, The Porch is the perfect public space to enjoy the outdoors on the weekend and try out some new food. University City is also home to the Penn Museum, featuring rare art exhibits and architectural monuments from all over the world, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, showcasing trendy and contemporary work from artists like Andy Warhol, Laurie Anderson, and more. For dog owners and outdoor enthusiasts, University City offers plenty of parks and green space to spend the afternoon.

Bus routes, trolley lines, and trains run through University City, giving residents plenty of easy public transportation options. 30th Street Station is a major Amtrak hub, and the SEPTA’s Market-Frankford line travels along Market Street and connects University City to downtown. The LUCY Shuttle gold and green lines run throughout the neighborhood, along with SEPTA buses, trolleys, and subway lines. University City is also a very bike-friendly area, offering bike lanes and bike share rental options.

Locals Love

  • Public transportation
  • Budget-friendly dining options
  • Neighborhood diversity
  • Greenery and parks

Locals Don't Love

  • Congestion
  • Large student population
  • Parking

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