Local Atmosphere

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

Local Atmosphere: Temple is in north philly, a couple subway stops from the city. It is in a vibrant neighborhood and there's always things to do!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Everyone should know how Philly is by now, and Temple being in North Philly is a little bit rougher than the rest of the area. But I have never felt in danger while I am at school. There is so much to do, so many places to live, and the Philadelphia police system takes good care of any situation presented. All Philly sports teams are just a subway ride away, the subway can take you all over, and if you wanna get out of the big city for a little, SEPTA regional rail train can take you all over the suburbs and outskirts of Philadelphia. Locals around Temple is a hit or miss. They can be really nice, or they can care less about you and don't like that you're looking at them. But that is just like any urban, metropolitan environment. You have to have a good solid head on your shoulders to thrive and enjoy Philly at its full potential. You'll encounter mean strangers, bad drivers/parkers, crazy sports fans, and creepy homeless people, but if you go with the flow, then it's all part of the experience.

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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Students shop in center city mainly....Most students attend flyers, phillies and sixers game....Philly natives can be friendly and some bitter being that the school is located in the inner city....There are a lot of places to visit like museums and love park...

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Again, because of geographical location, Temple isn't necessarily the safest campus but security is extremely tight. Aside from that, the campus itself is gorgeous and allows for students and locals to enjoy the beauty of the city.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Philadelphia is a great city with many great facilities and revenues to have fun with friends and family.


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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 201 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 199 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 8% 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 198 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 198 responses

  • 20% No way.
  • 55% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 25% Totally.



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