Bounded by Locust Street and South Street, and extending from 21st Street to the Schuylkill River, the Fitler Square neighborhood is largely residential with small apartment buildings and row houses make up the majority of the neighborhood. The off-leash dog park is located here, as well as several well-regarded restaurants. Aside from Center City West, this area provides the shortest walk to campus from Center City.
This newly revitalized neighborhood, also referred to as NoLibs, is home to numerous boutique stores, small bars, a brewery, and restaurants. The Piazza at Schmidt’s is an 80,000 square-foot open-air plaza that hosts events such as concerts, free festivals, vendor markets, screening events, dance performances and more.
Northern Liberties is located north of Center City (specifically, Old City) and is bordered by Girard Avenue to the north; Callowhill Street to the south; North 6th Street to the west; and the Delaware River to the east (from Callowhill Street to Laurel Street; from Laurel Street to Girard Avenue the eastern boundary is North Front Street).
Old City has become the center of Philadelphia’s art world. Browse in more than 50 museums and galleries, all within an easy walking distance of your home. For American history, this area is best known as the site of the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Elfreth’s Alley, the Betsy Ross House and many of Philadelphia’s other historic sites.
The Old City District occupies several blocks between Front and 6th Streets, bounded by Vine Street to the north and Walnut Street to the south.
Parkway Museums District
Extending along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, this district begins near City Hall and ends at the Philadelphia Art Museum. This area’s proximity to world-class art and history museums and Fairmount Park, the largest landscaped city park in the world, makes it a great area for families. It’s about a 15-minute bike ride to campus or 20 minutes via bus and subway.
The square is usually full of people reading, walking their pets or just out for a stroll. Most Wharton students live within a five-minute walk from the square. Situated between 18th and 19th Streets on Walnut Street, Rittenhouse is one of five original squares laid out by William Penn. Boutiques and restaurants surround this popular square.
University City’s boundaries are the Schuylkill River to the east; Spring Garden Street, Powelton Avenue, and Market Street to the north; 52nd Street to the west; and Woodland Avenue, University Avenue, and Civic Center Boulevard to the south. This is where the campuses of the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University are located. There are some beautiful old homes and old apartment buildings with lots of character and less expensive amenities, with many undergraduates living in this area.