September 3, 2015 |

22 Reasons Philadelphia is theBest Place to Be a Student


1. CollegeFest – the city’s welcome to all new and returning students! Join 5,000 friends on Saturday, September 12 at Dilworth Park next to City Hall.









Photo by Andre Flewellen

2. The food! Diverse, affordable, and accessible – from Reading Terminal Market (om nom Amish food) and Chinatown, to BYOs, pubs, and farmers markets.
Reading Terminal Market

Photo by J. Smith for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®


3. Plus food trucks, especially the oh-so-convenient ones near campus and Restaurant Week! 3- to 4-course meals priced $20-$35 so you can eat like a king or queen on a student budget
Food Trucks

Photo by M. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®


4. It’s easy to get around the city and surrounding towns by bike (Indego and, public transit (ISEPTAPHILLY and PHLASH), or car (Zipcar)

Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®


5. Or take some time out of town, “study abroad” for the weekend – you’ve got New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, the Shore, and the Poconos a short train or bus ride away.
30th Street Station

Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®


6. Opportunities to start your career, earn some extra money, or test out a major thanks to, apply for an internship and stay for the summer…
careers picture

Photo by Anna Ladd


7.…when we’ve got Spruce Street Harbor Park, and the Oval and Summerfest for all your hammock, giant chess, and roller skating needs; plus the bike race in Manayunk and Center City Sips each Wednesday!
spruce street harbor park

Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA™


8. Then in the wintertime, there’s ice skating and hot chocolate at Winterfest, plus Christmas Village shopping.

Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®


9. Sledding? Nothing beats the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
sledding at Steps of Art Museum

Photo by Jordan Sangerman/Flickr


10. And there’s year-round fun, with free and student discounted tickets from 50+ arts and culture venues through Campus Philly Open Arts — visit BalletX, Opera Philadelphia, Adventure Aquarium, The Franklin Insitute, and more!
Academy of Music

Photo by B. Krist for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®


11. Who has the most Impressionist art outside of Paris? WE DO. Visit the Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Barnes Foundation

Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®


12. Or admire the art on the streets for everyone to see.
Street Art

Photo by K.Ciappa for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®


13. We have fantastic festivals like DesignPhiladelphia, Philly Beer Week, Philly Tech Week, Philadelphia Science Festival, Fringe Festival, Kinetic Sculpture Derby, and State of Young Philly.

Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®


14. Wawa; the Platonic ideal of a convenience store with an awesome annual Hoagiefest.



15. First Friday in Old City, Northern Liberties, and Fishtown – wander the streets while galleries stay open late and welcome visitors with special exhibits, music, snacks, drinks and more.
First Friday

Photo by B. Krist for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®


16. Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll – coming up September 17 – a great way to explore West Philadelphia while enjoying snacks, samples, and wares for a dollar each.
Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®


17. And Night Market, our fantastic street food bonanza – last of the season is October 1 at Frankford and Girard.
Night Market

Photo by Jackie Papanier


18. Pop-up EVERYTHING: beer gardens, yoga, Stevie Wonder
Beer Garden Philadelphia

Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®


19. And alfresco entertainment – outdoor movies screenings, Shakespeare in Clark Park, Opera on the Mall, and Philadelphia Orchestra Free Neighborhood Concerts.
Opera on the Mall

Photo by Erica Hawthorne


20. Quizzo! The chance to early money [or drinks] off random facts you’ve retained from the classroom.

Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®


21. Philly pride! In our major sports teams – and lesser known ones. Women’s dragonboat national champions? YUP. PHILLY.

Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®


22. Best of all – there are 101 total colleges and universities in the region – more than 300,000 students total! And Campus Philly is here to help everyone meet each other, meet the city, and make an impact!
Campus Philly Group Shot

Photo by Kelsey Jones

Enjoy Philadelphia this semester – the best place in the world to be a student!


Your Weekly Dose of Monday Motivation

In terms of awesome things to do in Philly and starting your career search. Did you know that fall semester is the time to start planning for what’s next? To be honest,…

Philly To-Do: Arts & Culture Events

The curtain is closing on your school year! Celebrate by treating yourself to an arts and culture adventure in Philadelphia. And to get the most out of your big day…

Stay up-to-date on the latest student events, deals, and ideas this semester.