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What you should know about University City

Home to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, the aptly named University City is renowned for art and academia, and a whole lot more. Sports arenas, lively music, fun shopping, and a thriving food scene all make the grade in this bustling Pennsylvania neighborhood. With an energetic atmosphere and a diverse and vibrant population of students from all over the world, University City is also a great base from which to explore the many sights and attractions of Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love.

Hotels in University City

Accommodation in University City is top of the class—with a wide range of hotels on offer, you won’t need a cheat sheet to find the perfect place to stay on your U-City getaway! Enjoy 4-star comforts at the centrally located Inn at Penn, A Hilton Hotel, which is in close proximity to the University of Pennsylvania and the Ben Franklin National Memorial. There’s also a great choice of 3-star hotels in University City, including the popular Homewood Suites by Hilton University City and the 3.5-star Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel, which is just a few minutes’ drive from the Philadelphia Zoo.

Things to see in University City

For a taste of what the neighborhood has to offer, follow the locals to the lively Porch at 30th Street Station, a popular open-air hangout that’s also perfect for relaxing with a coffee and watching the world go by. This trendy spot hosts a beer garden, yoga sessions, miniature golf, music, and a variety of pop-up stalls and exhibitions. Travelling with a sports nut? Catch a game at Franklin Field, the historic home of football in Pennsylvania. Soak up the electric atmosphere at this 53,000-seat stadium and cheer the Penn Relays on to victory! Artistic souls will love the exciting works of innovative artists showcased at the Institute of Contemporary Art, while culinary buffs can sample local produce at the colorful Farmers’ Market in Clark Park. End your day at the City Tap House, and relax with your choice of the 60 craft beers on offer.

Good for budget travelers

Where better to enjoy a fun-filled vacation without the hefty price tag than in a city that celebrates student life? With a jam-packed open-air entertainment program at the Porch at 30th Street Station and 24 acres of outdoor fun at Penn Park, a budget hotel in University City will go a long way toward ensuring you get more bang for your buck. Budget-conscious travelers visiting in summer can even enjoy a shopping spree, U-City style! Grab your wallet and head to the annual Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, where you can bag a bargain from local vendors selling a whole host of wares including food, souvenirs, and gifts—all for only $1.

How to get to University City

University City is served by Philadelphia International Airport, which is less than 30 minutes’ drive from the city center. Hop in a cab, take a SEPTA train, or jump in an airport shuttle for quick and easy transport to your downtown University City hotel. Getting around this buzzing Philly district is a breeze—with SEPTA trains and the LUCY shuttle, you’re never far from the most popular attractions in University City. To make the most of the city’s transport options, head to the main hub on 30th Street, or take to the streets and join the locals as you explore this pedestrian-friendly city on foot.

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