University City is the easternmost portion of West Philadelphia, encompassing several Philadelphia universities. It is situated directly across the Schuylkill River from Center City.
The University of Pennsylvania was instrumental in coining the name “University City” as part of a 1950s urban-renewal and gentrification effort. Today, Drexel University and the University of the Sciences also call University City home.
The eastern side of University City is home to the Penn and Drexel campuses, several medical institutions, independent centers of scientific research, 30th Street Station, Cira Centre, and Cira Centre South. The western side contains Victorian and early 20th-century housing stock and is primarily residential.
Read VisitPhilly.com’s super helpful neighborhood guide to learn more about this bustling area: https://www.visitphilly.com/areas/philadelphia-neighborhoods/university-city/
Visit http://www.universitycity.org/ to stay updated on community events and overall plans for the area.
Read what recent residents have to say about the area here: https://www.niche.com/places-to-live/n/university-city-philadelphia-pa/
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