Life in Philadelphia

Live independently in the City of Brotherly Love. 

Independent living is one of the most rewarding aspects of studying in Philadelphia, whether you're studying in the city for a summer or a full 16-week semester.  



The Philadelphia Center's guided housing process provides a unique opportunity for students to develop self-reliance and confidence as they live with peers in accommodations they choose, while experiencing the difference and dynamics of city life in Philadelphia.

Our supportive staff and faculty will assist you during your first week as you search for, and select, housing with other students in the program. We encourage our students to branch out and explore the city.

While the Philadelphia Center is your "home base," you have a variety of options available for housing: a modern space in the city's Loft District, a Center City apartment, an inexpensive walk-up in Chinatown, or a South Philly rowhouse in a quiet residential neighborhood.


Students who participate in our 8-week summer program live in University residence halls at the University of Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Center subsidizes housing for participants to help defray the cost of living expenses. TPC typically rents an apartment dormitory on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania where participants live with other students on the program.


Philadelphia is simple to navigate. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) encompasses a vast network of buses, subways, trolleys and regional rail lines that will get you where you need to go. Affordable weekly and monthly passes make SEPTA a convenient transportation option.

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Philadelphia.