West Philly and University City Tours

The University of Pennsylvania’s campus lies in the heart of two major neighborhoods of Philadelphia: West Philadelphia and University City. Footsteps away from campus, these two neighborhoods provide opportunities for daily interaction within our thriving surrounding communities. During orientation and into the school year, we offer tours of these neighborhoods led by our PHINS orientation leaders. Students and other members of the Penn community should feel free to tour these areas using the maps we created below:

Click here to find the West Philly and University City Tours Maps!


Trolley going down the street at 4500 Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia.

West Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania is lucky to call West Philadelphia home. The area is rich in culture, food, and activities. This tour opens the door to just a small sample of what West Philadelphia has to offer. In your time here at Penn explore what makes West Philadelphia so great! The meeting spot for this tour for first-years is at the Love Statue on Penn’s Campus. For second-years, meet at The Button.

Picture: 4500 Baltimore Avenue (Photo by studio34 from Philadelphia | CC SA 2.0)

Students walking on a main green space in the heart of Drexel's University City Campus.

University City

University City includes Drexel University, Saint Joseph’s University, and Penn. University City is unique in that its largest residents are stakeholders of the Universities in the area. Take the time to explore the businesses and activities in the area! Get to know our neighboring universities as well and explore their campuses! The meeting spot for this tour is The Button statue outside Van Pelt-Dietrich Library!

Picture: Drexel’s University City Campus (Photo by Tony Hopkins | CC ASA 4.0 International)