Local Atmosphere

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Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
13,072
Tuition
$36,090
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: More restaurants are located on University of Pennsylvania's campus, which is very close by, but is a little far for Drexel students. The area is fairly safe because there are security all over the two neighboring campuses.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Every street is different and since its a city it's very fast-paved. There are so many shopping and eating options.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Philly and University city atmosphere is great.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Living in the heart of Philadelphia offers endless opportunities socially and academically. Whatever I am interested in doing there is something of that flavor and there is no reason to ever be bored here.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Philadelphia is a wonderful city to live, work, and play in!

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Marina Lamanna
Hometown
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Major
English
Grad Year
2015
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Comparatively, University City is a lovely place in which to live in Philadelphia. For those that counter this notion, they need to consider that they're living in a city. Obviously, Drexel is going to differ from a university with rolling hills and greenery—it is what it is. There are tons of things to do in University City, like dining, shopping, playing sports, community service, etc. Don’t forget that Center City is only minutes away and within walking distance. There, you can witness many historical landmarks—even see the original Constitution. Even some old houses in Old City and Society Hill are historical landmarks. Indeed, Philadelphia can be a never-ending architecture lesson if you pay attention to the workmanship of most of the buildings in the city. Philadelphia is a city rich in art. Be sure to see the impressive collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum. If visiting traditional museums is not your thing, check out the Mutter Museum at 22nd and Chestnut—it’s a museum of medical oddities. First Fridays is always a fun time. On the first Friday of each month, people gather in Old City to wander the neighborhood’s various art galleries and sip alcoholic beverages.

In addition to all of the culture, shopping is popular in the upscale shops that line Walnut and Chestnut streets downtown. For more frugal taste, check out the Gallery mall or South Street for great shopping districts. The restaurant scene in Philly is tough to beat. To accurately capture the Philadelphia culinary experience, just eat a cheesesteak and water ice. As long as students utilize security provided by Drexel and use "street smarts," there really is no reason to feel unsafe.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Supposedly, America's first lager beer was produced in 1840 by John Wagner in Philadelphia.
  2. Like movies? These movies were all filmed in Philadelphia: "Rocky," "The Sixth Sense," "In Her Shoes," and "Invincible" to name a few.
  3. Philadelphia is rich in jazz history. Many of the greatest jazz musicians have roots here, and the city still has some of the best jazz clubs in the country.
  4. Philadelphia was the first capital of the United States.
  5. The Philadelphia Zoo was America's first zoo.
Notable Natives
  • Kevin Bacon – actor
  • Noam Chomsky – linguist, philosopher, logician
  • Bradley Cooper – actor
  • Bill Cosby – actor, comedian
  • Kat Dennings – actress ("2 Broke Girls")
  • Eve – actress, rapper
  • Tina Fey – actress, comedian, writer
  • Louis Kahn – architect
  • Grace Kelly – actress, Princess of Monaco
  • Patti LaBelle – R&B singer
  • Margaret Mead – American cultural anthropologist
  • Pink – pop singer
  • Santigold – dub punk singer
  • M. Night Shyamalan – filmmaker
  • Will Smith – actor
  • Jennifer Weiner – novelist ("In Her Shoes," "Good in Bed")
Local Slang
  • Down the Shore: At the (New Jersey) shore
  • Jawn: Can mean "thing." Sometimes used to refer to a song. Frequently used by males in reference to females.
  • Wooder: Water
  • Yas/Yiz: Plural of the word "you"
Points of Interest
  • Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Boathouse Row
  • College of Physicians
  • Delaware Avenue (“Columbus Boulevard”)
  • Fairmount Park
  • First Friday Philadelphia
  • Forrest Theatre
  • Franklin Institute
  • The Gallery at Market East
  • Independence Mall
  • Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
  • Mutter Museum
  • National Constitution Center
  • Old City
  • Penn’s Landing
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival
  • The Philadelphia Zoo
  • Please Touch Museum
  • Rittenhouse Square
  • South Street
  • Walnut Street
  • Wells Fargo Center
Shopping Centers
  • 69th Street District
  • The Gallery at Market East
  • Walnut Street
Movie Theaters
Cinemagic
214 Walnut St.
Philadelphia
(215) 925-7900
Major Sports Teams
  • Philadelphia 76ers: NBA
  • Philadelphia Eagles: NFL
  • Philadelphia Flyers: NHL
  • Philadelphia Phillies: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Baltimore: : 2 hours
  • New York City: : 2 hours
Did You Know?
University City Dining Days takes place throughout the year to allow the people of Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs to come out and enjoy a three-course meal ranging in prices from $15 to $30, depending on the restaurant.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 110 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 112 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 5% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 2% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 93% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 110 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 13% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 87% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 111 responses

  • 15% No way.
  • 53% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 32% Totally.

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