Top 5 Reasons to Rent an Apartment in University City
Home to some of Philadelphia’s most renowned academic institutions – as well as our city’s major medical hubs – University City isn’t just home to the doctors and students who frequent its bustling sidewalks!
This colorful neighborhood boasts a diverse population that attracts Philadelphians of all flavors: Champagne taste on a beer budget? Not to worry! Looking for a noteworthy, multi-course dining extravaganza? University City has that, too! If you’re considering renting an apartment in University City, here are the top five reasons why we think this ‘hood is the perfect place to call home.
1. Did someone say student discount?!
You can take advantage of the many student-friendly discounts…even if you’re not a student! While places such as the local movie theatre and museums and galleries offer discounted ticket prices with the flash of a student id, the neighborhood is home to many cheap (and delicious!) eateries. No proof of identity required! We love Dump-N-Roll Food Truck, Sweetgreen, and nationally-acclaimed Chinese restaurant, Han Dynasty.
2. If you thought University City was only about cheap eats, you’d be completely mistaken!
Offering an array of alternatives, University City does offer wallet-friendly options for students on a budget while satisfying the tastes of those who are more discerning. Philadelphia Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurant List names Marigold Kitchen in their trusted list of eateries; in fact, the breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot currently ranks in at number 17! Other strong, upscale contenders include Zavino, White Dog Cafe, Cozara, Pod, Distrito, and The Fat Ham.
3. You can explore the world of arts and culture without even leaving your ‘hood.
According to UniversityCity.org, University City’s arts and cultural organizations are some of the fastest-growing in the region! Of course, there’s the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology which houses a 3,200-year-old sphinx – the third largest in the world! But, don’t miss the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, or the Institute of Contemporary Art.
4. World Cafe Live basically discovered Adele….
Okay, so that might be a slight exaggeration, but they did, in fact, host one of Adele’s first US performances! Upcoming shows include Paula Cole, The Dream Syndicate, The Feelies, Sweet Crude, and many other amazing artists. For a look at their complete event calendar, click here.
5. Who doesn’t want to live near one of the 21 best secret bars in the world?
According to Thrillist, Fiume – a tiny dive boasting 150 craft beers and 80 whiskeys – ranks up there with the best speakeasies in London, Paris, and Singapore, just to name a few! While we don’t want the secret to get out, we will give you one hint: It’s on the second floor of an Ethiopian restaurant that rhymes with Flabyssinia. They don’t have a website or even a sign out front, for that matter….but if you head there on a Sunday evening, just follow the sounds of the live music playing overhead.
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