The University City neighborhood is an economic engine for the City of Philadelphia. University City is home to some of the city’s largest and most innovative academic, research, and commercial partners, with nearly 77,000 employees.
University City is a first class location for food lovers, culture seekers, and artists who visit the area for leading restaurants, museums, and galleries.
It’s an energetic area featuring fantastic infrastructure that attracts walkers, cyclists, and commuters with walkable streets, world-class public spaces, and top-notch public transportation.
University City features an eclectic mix of architecture, with shiny new glass high rises, luxury apartments, mid century designed academic buildings and Victorian houses, anchor institutions and small businesses, University City is Philadelphia’s neighborhood of choice for thousands of people and families from a wide range of backgrounds seeking quality of life and diversity in a beautiful setting with great access to everything Philadelphia has to offer.
Technology/Biotechnology – Per the latest State of University City Report 2017
Already a hub for innovation, in the past year a record 175 patents were issued to University City businesses and institutions, and R&D investment increased
$8 million over the previous year. The addition of recently completed and forthcoming tech-focused commercialization centers will accelerate progress over the coming years.
University City itself is one of the most easily traversed areas of Philadelphia. SEPTA offers trolleys, buses and subways servicing the neighborhood from end to end. University City also boasts some of the most bicycle-friendly streets in the area, with a network of roughly 30 miles of bike lanes and some of the most popular Indego Bike Share stations in the city. The recent State of University City Report 2017 sums up University City’s fantastic transit infrastructure:
No car? No problem. University City is more accessible by transit than any of its peer innovation hubs including Cambridge, San Francisco, and Seattle. Over the past six years, SEPTA ridership has risen 15% at University City stations, and ridership on the LUCY (Loop Through University City) shuttle bus was up 104%. The two busiest trips in the newly created Indego bike share system were to and from University City stations. University City’s ample public transportation options - including buses, trains and trolleys - earned the neighborhood a “Rider’s Paradise” designation from Walk Score.
Parks and Recreation
University City was the City of Philadelphia’s first suburb and therefore has a handful of unique green spaces, including Drexel Park at 32nd and Powelton Avenue (, across the street from our West Village Powelton properties). Other notable green spaces include Cira Green, Clark Park, The Porch at 30th Street Station, Korman Quadrangle and Innovation Plaza; with many more planned in the coming years as many new large-scale developments are built that integrate green space into their development plans (Schuylkill Yards, 30th Street Station, U City Square, etc).
The retail and restaurant scene has been growing exponentially over the past decade with restaurant and retail scene on par with Center City Philadelphia.
According to the most recent State of University City Report 2017:
Our partners are making five economy-altering bets that will change University City’s future, all happening simultaneously, and all within blocks of one another: the launch of the Pennovation Center; Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust’s $3 1⁄2 billion investment in Schuylkill Yards;
the expansion of the University City Science Center into uCity Square; an accelerating focus on commercialization and entrepreneurship by CHOP, Penn Medicine and USciences; and a long-term vision for developing over the railyards north of Amtrak’s 30th Street Station.
Any one of these would be transformative on its own. Together, they herald a new age of possibility for all of Philadelphia, anchored right here in University City. These are ambitious
and audacious plans, unfolding in real time as University City evolves into one of the nation’s preeminent innovation districts. And they are happening beside a beautiful and dynamic neighborhood of choice, with gorgeous Victorian homes, sought-after parks and tree-lined streets.