Destination guide

The vibrant area of University City awaits your stay

Come and experience University City and its architecture, museums and live music. Travellers especially like the university setting, restaurants and skyscrapers in this cosmopolitan and welcoming city. Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall are just a couple of the must-see attractions in the area. Whether you're planning a family holiday, a trip with friends or a romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of holiday homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.


Sightseeing in and around University City

Are you searching for things to do in the area? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that makes University City a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Philadelphia Zoo (1.3 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Adventure Aquarium (3.7 mi / 5.9 km)
  • Camden Children's Garden (3.7 mi / 5.9 km)
  • Merchantville Country Club (8.2 mi / 13.2 km)
  • Pennsauken Country Club (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural landscape of University City

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to take in the scenery, University City is a great place to get out in nature. These are a few of the area's most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Buckley Recreational Field (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Fairmount Waterworks Drive (1.3 mi / 2 km)
  • Bartram's Garden (1.5 mi / 2.5 km)
  • Francisville Playground (2 mi / 3.2 km)
  • Washington Square Park (2.4 mi / 3.9 km)
  • Independence Mall (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around University City

The nearest airport is in Philadelphia, PA (PHL-Philadelphia Intl.), located 5.6 mi (9.1 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Blue Bell, PA (BBX-Wings Field), which is 13.1 mi (21 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, make your way to Philadelphia University City Station or Philadelphia 30th St Station and explore the city from there. You can get around University City by jumping on the metro at 40th St. Station, 34th St. Station or 30th St. Station.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to University City?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in University City:

  • Center City: 512 holiday homes
  • Northern Liberties: 134 holiday homes
  • North Philadelphia: 432 holiday homes
  • Northwest Philadelphia: 37 holiday homes
  • West Philadelphia: 202 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to University City?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in University City. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • University of Pennsylvania: 905 holiday rentals
  • Philadelphia University City Station: 879 holiday rentals
  • Franklin Field: 880 holiday rentals
  • Institute of Contemporary Art: 881 holiday rentals
  • H. Hunter Lott Jr. Tennis Courts: 901 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around University City listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in University City?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 26 Houses in University City. Our other popular types of University City holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 144 holiday houses
  • Townhouses: 12 holiday houses
  • Studios: 133 holiday houses

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in University City?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 26 holiday homes with pool available in University City. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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