Although Philadelphia is a good time for any college student—whether you like to party on the weekends or grab a cup of coffee and tour various art museums—as an underclassman, you are often restricted to areas closer to the campus. The surrounding towns vary in how they treat college students, but none represent a true college atmosphere. But don’t let that stop you from having a good time. For a few bucks and a short train ride, you can land yourself almost anywhere in the greater Philly area. Your best bet would be South Street, dubbed by many as the “hippest street in America,” as it is a wealth of entertainment and Philly culture. Whether you’re up for a night of clubbing, savoring Philly’s cheesesteak rivals, or feasting on Jamaican jerky, South Street has endless opportunities for students restricted to mass transit.
If the bustle of city life is not your thing, Villanova’s suburban communities also have a good deal to offer. Almost every town up and down the Mainline has a quaint small-town feel, with higher-end stores and restaurants. The closer you get to the city, the more likely you are to get a bigger bang for your buck. Since there is so much to do, it is difficult for students without cars to rely on mass transit to tap into all the activities out there.