Local Atmosphere

Philadelphia, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$23,422 ($13,596)
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The outside activities in the city are pretty fun.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Safety in campus is the priority. however there is always bad incidents around campus. One need to be careful when you are outside the campus.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Respect the locals and they will respect you.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Since Temple University is very close to center city, there are so many opportunities to go out and embrace the the urban culture of the city.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Center city is the place to be

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The most important thing to know is that Temple is located in North Philly, an urban community. Students stay away from adjacent streets that don’t have a red Temple "T" on them. Stepping off campus allows students to be subjected to harassment by panderers. Despite not being the best neighborhood in town, North Philly has a large student population from the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. The students often mingle at parties and athletic events, as well.

Center City is the heart of Philadelphia and is packed full of historic places, such as museums and shopping areas, making it a great place to hang around or take your family. There is a mural of former Temple professor Sonia Sanchez that has become a part of Philly’s culture. Another cool place to check out is South Street, which is what Philly has to offer as far as a social scene. Great bars and good food lie on this strip, which is very accessible. South Street is similar to the Village in New York, so things are very expensive, but definitely worth at least one visit.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The famous steps from "Rocky" are located at the Art Museum.
  2. Philadelphia was the temporary capital of the United States in 1790.
  3. South Broad Street is known as "the Avenue of the Arts" because of the cluster of theater houses, plays, jazz clubs, and concerts.
  4. The statue of William Penn on top of City Hall is the tallest statue atop any building in the world.
Notable Natives
  • Louisa May Alcott - author ("Little Women")
  • Noam Chomsky - linguist
  • Bill Cosby - comedian, actor, writer
  • Eve - rapper
  • Bil Keane - cartoonist
  • Rob McElhenney - actor, creator of FX TV show "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
  • The Roots - hip-hop band
  • Amber Rose - model
  • M. Night Shyamalan - movie director
  • Will Smith - actor, musician
Local Slang
  • Boul: Male individual
  • Yous: You
Points of Interest
  • Center City
  • Chinatown
  • Independence Hall
  • Independence National Historical Park
  • Italian Market
  • Liberty Bell
  • Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Old City
  • Philadelphia Art Museum
  • Rittenhouse Square
  • South Street
  • Waterfront on Delaware Avenue
Shopping Centers
  • City Center
  • Gallery at Market East
  • King of Prussia Mall
  • South Street
Movie Theaters
Cinemagic 3 at Penn
3925 Walnut St.
University City
(215) 222-5555
Movie Theaters
Pearl Theatre
1600 N. Broad St.
(215) 763-7704
Movie Theaters
Ritz 5 Movies
220 Walnut St.
(215) 925-7900
Major Sports Teams
  • Philadelphia 76ers: NBA
  • Philadelphia Eagles: NFL
  • Philadelphia Flyers: NHL
  • Philadelphia Phillies: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • New York City: : 2 hours
  • Washington, D.C.: : 3 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 190 responses

Very poor
  • 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 190 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 7% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 3% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 89% 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 190 responses

  • 5% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 27% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 68% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 190 responses

  • 21% No way.
  • 56% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 23% Totally.



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