A historic city on the cutting edge
It’s a city of historic firsts, now firmly focused on what’s next. The population of under-30s here in the nation’s fifth-largest city has grown dramatically in the past decade, fueled by a surplus of what young, creative professionals are looking for — a dynamic, walkable, affordable city, where on any given night you might find an underground music club or attend a world-class modern dance performance.
The arts are vibrant and accessible here, and they’ll be woven into the fabric of your everyday life as a student. Philadelphia is the perfect place for students to immerse themselves in a thriving cultural environment, to be inspired and to inspire.
Second only to Manhattan in the number of downtown cultural organizations, Philadelphia is a cultural feast. Located in the heart of Philadelphia’s downtown (called Center City here), the University of the Arts is just steps away from the stunning Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, home to the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra and Pennsylvania Ballet; the glorious Academy of Music; UArts’ own historic Merriam Theater; and six regional theaters. Year-round, these venues host international jazz artists, contemporary music performances and every kind of dance, as well as a stream of Broadway shows and musicals. Many offer free or heavily discounted student tickets.
A dynamic cultural environment
Each month, "First Friday" jams the tiny historic streets of the Old City neighborhood with art lovers browsing the work of emerging and established artists in galleries and from street vendors. Just a short distance away, the combined holdings of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum and in 2012, the Barnes Foundation, form one of the world’s great destinations for visual art.
Festivals such as the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe and DesignPhiladelphia (a partnership with UArts) are annual explosions of innovation in theater, dance, music and design. The streets of Center City are alive with sidewalk cafes, great restaurants and shopping destinations. When you need a little change of scenery, find a shady bench within walking distance in one of Philadelphia’s many parks (Philly’s been named one of America’s "Top 5 Most Walkable Cities") or hop the subway for the 10-minute ride to Citizens Bank Park, where you can watch the Philadelphia Phillies from seats with a skyline view.
Some of Philly's best activities:
- First Friday in Old City
- Listening at the Kimmel Center
- A visit to the Philadelphia Zoo
- Biking in Fairmount Park
- Visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art or the Franklin Institute
- Taste tests at Reading Terminal Market
- An unforgettably creepy experience at the Mütter Museum
For more information on exciting things to see and do in Philadelphia, visit uwishunu.com and visitphilly.com. Whether it’s dining, nightlife, music, arts, shopping or any other Philly secret, uwishunu is the place to get the real deal from real Philadelphians. Visitphilly is the official visitor site of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corporation.
Above: The Philly skyline at dusk. Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC.