As far as major US cities go, Philadelphia is surprisingly affordable — and has some great living spaces. Students live on-campus, near campus or nearby in Center City, Philadelphia.
You may choose to live on campus, in the high-rise apartment buildings at Sansom Place, or you can choose to live off-campus, as most graduate and professional students at Penn do. Philadelphia, the sixth largest city in the United States, has a reputation as one of the most livable cities in the country, a major urban center that has retained the feel of a “city of neighborhoods.” While rents have continued to go up, accompanying the urban renaissance the city has been experiencing and the high demand for housing, the pace of increase has slowed down in the last couple of years.
With a well-developed and well-coordinated mass transit system (SEPTA), many areas of the city and the suburbs are within easy commute. However, the Campus is ideally located at the eastern end of University City and in close proximity to the area known as Center City. In fact, the vast majority of graduate and professional students choose to live in Center City and University City, within easy reach of school, shopping, cultural and recreational attractions and outstanding restaurants.