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.