Center City is a popular preference for students who wish to have a more metropolitan off-campus living experience. This neighborhood is characterized by high-rise buildings boasting modern or updated amenities and charming brownstones. A large portion of graduate students gravitate to Rittenhouse Square, one of the original five parks that William Penn designed in the 17th century. Today, Rittenhouse Square is primarily residential, but is adjacent to a variety of museums, parks, as well as world class restaurants and a lively social scene. The neighborhood of Center City is easily accessible to Penn’s campus via several public transportation options, as well as by foot or by bike.
In the video below, Penn graduate student Hilary shares what life is like living in a two-floor Rittenhouse Square apartment with roommates.