Tree-lined streets, public gardens, and open green spaces make University City a verdant, livable community. Neighbors shop together for fresh produce at farmer’s markets, dine in cozy restaurants, and listen to open-air concerts and plays, all within blocks of the distinctive wide porches of the leafy residential areas.

This unique and diverse neighborhood in West Philadelphia was named for the six colleges and universities that sit between 50th street and the Schuylkill River, but it is much more than a college town. University City grows each year, adding occupants, restaurants, world-class institutions, and programming, making it one of the most livable, well-kept, and friendly neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

University City

Getting Around

University City is one of the most easily traversed areas of Philadelphia.

Economic Development and Innovation

The University City Innovation Collaborative is a group of Philadelphia organizations that work to develop the area's economy.

Parks and Playgrounds

Each of the parks in University City has its own unique character.

Farmers’ Markets

There are dozens of Farmer's Markets in University City, offering delicious local produce, flowers, and more.


Find the best places to eat, drink and be merry in University City. Careful not to become overwhelmed by the many great choices.


Spend a few days with us exploring this unique neighborhood.

Real Estate Information

Looking to rent an apartment or buy a home in University City? Rental and real estate agencies/agents can help.