Philadelphia

Welcome to Philly. America’s first capital, this historic city has produced such greats as Benjamin Franklin, Will Smith, and the Philly Cheesesteak! Get ready to explore the City of Brotherly Love.

City Overview

Located in southeastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia is the most populous city in the state and the fifth most populous in the U.S. Home to 7 fortune 500 companies, Philadelphia is the heart of Pennsylvania’s economy and a major player on the world economic stage. Philly’s no slouch academically either, home to big-name institutions such as Drexel University, Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania State University.

Arts

Philadelphia boasts a vibrant classical and contemporary music scene. The Philadelphia Orchestra regularly performs at the city’s many concert venues such as the Academy of Music — the longest operating opera house in the United States. Outdoor concerts can be seen at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Philadelphia is also a major Jazz hotspot — the real cool cats can be found at Warmdaddy’s — a nightclub that has been at the heart of Philly Jazz scene for decades. Visual arts aficionados will have plenty to enjoy in Philadelphia as well. The Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibits over 225,000 pieces and the Barnes Institute houses one of the best impressionist collections in the United States. And you can’t miss the murals! Philadelphia has more murals than any other U.S city.

Business

Philadelphia is a major economic hub — it’s even got its own stock exchange, which lists major companies such as Comcast, Colonel Penn, CIGNA, Independence Blue Cross, and Sunoco. The biggest employers in Philadelphia are the Federal Government, the City of Philadelphia, School District of Philadelphia, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, SEPTA, and Temple University.

Climate

Despite what you may have heard, it’s not always sunny here — you get the full range of seasons in Philadelphia, winters, are cold, summers are hot, and spring and fall are mild. There are about 8 days of rain per month in Philly.

Cuisine

Philadelphia is a very diverse city — and has developed its own unique culinary scene. The most famous of course is the Philly Cheesesteak — you may have had knock-offs, but you can only get the real deal in Philly. The Hoagie Factory is another local fave — several sliced meats and lettuce sandwich. Stromboli — a turnover stuffed with all kinds of tasty ingredients, is also popular. Last but not least, don’t forget the soft pretzel, you can buy this delicious treat from street vendors all over town. Most Philadelphia apartments for rent are within walking distance of a cool eatery or street vendor.

Demographics

More and more people are choosing to live in Philadelphia — the population has been increasing since 2006. Philadelphia is 37% White, 44% African-American, 12% Hispanic and 6% Asian.

Historical

Philadelphia is one of the oldest and most historical cities in the United States. Both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were born in Philadelphia! You might even say it’s the birthplace of America itself. Famous historical figures such as Benjamin Franklin lived here — you can even visit his house! Searching for something a little different? Head out to Fort Mifflin for a weekend expedition.

Landmarks

Independence Hall, The Liberty Bell, Citizens Bank Park, Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Wanamaker Organ, City Hall, The Masonic Temple (tin foil hat wearers can’t miss this one), The U.S. Mint, University of Pennsylvania, Rittenhouse Square.

Nightlife

The streets of Philadelphia are bursting with nightlife options, whether you want to drink, dance, or catch a live Jazz show! The beer scene is big here, Philly overflows microbrews. McGillin's Old Ale House on Drury Street is a great place to grab an IPA and Shepherd's Pie. It’s conveniently located near the Helium Comedy Club too, so you can come here for a nightcap after the show. Bar Hygge (Hygge means cozy in Danish) is another popular spot, offering a rotating draft of 6 craft beers and the option to build your own cheese plate. For karaoke and clubbing, you can check out the Barbary — be sure to get here early, the venue can only hold 200 people. Cuba Libre is the place to go for Salsa dancing, costumed professionals lead the dances and teach all the coolest new moves. There’s also a 21 year old rum you can try. One of the most exclusive clubs in Philadelphia is Rumour, this is the spot to go if you want to catch a glimpse of a celebrity — and maybe even get an autograph! The best parties are in the city center, so you’ll be looking for a place for rent downtown if that’s your thing.

Transportation

Philadelphia is very walkable — and there’s great public transportation infrastructure too. SEPTA (The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) operates bus, rail, and trolley lines all over the city. It’s also pretty easy to take a train day trip out of the city on weekends! When looking at places for rent, keep proximity to public transport and the freeway in mind.

Finding Apartments in Philadelphia

The rental market for apartments in Philadelphia is competitive, especially around the start of the school year, so you’ll want to move fast once you find a place you like. Students will want to check out off-campus apartments for rent near Drexel, Temple, and Penn — the major Philadelphia universities, you can apply together with your roommates online. Be sure to get all the amenities you need — use the search filters to find a place with a doorman, in-unit washer, balcony, parking — or anything else you want. Looking for different kinds of listing? Search thousands of long-term condos, houses, and apartments in Philadelphia for rent. Filter by property type. Search 2, 3 and 4 bedroom properties in Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Rittenhouse Square

One of the original 5 squares planned by William Penn, Rittenhouse Square is right in the heart of Philly. There are lots of high-rise condos and luxury apartments for rent in this hood. The lovely Rittenhouse Park is also located here — it’s a great place to take the dog for a walk, or just go for a quiet Sunday stroll. You can meet young professionals, grad students, and families renting long-term in this diverse neighborhood.

Center City East

Center City East is one of Philadelphia's most historic neighborhoods — this where you can see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. It’s also the place to go for steaming hot Chinese food. Be sure to walk around Franklin Square on the weekends, and finish off the evening with a stop at the Drinker’s Tavern, a lively pub with regular game nights. There are lots of awesome condos and apartments in City Center East for rent, but they tend to be on the pricier side.

Fairmount-Art Museum

Located close to Temple University and featuring a hoppin’ nightlife, Fairmount-Art Museum is popular with students and young professionals. As you may have guessed from the name, Philly’s major art museums are located here, so you can party Saturday night and get culture Sunday morning. You can find everything from sports pubs to wine bars here. The rest of Philadelphia is easily accessible from here too! One bedroom apartments for rent in Fairmount-Art Museum start around $1690.

Center City West

The western part of downtown, this hood is one of Philadelphia’s most upscale. The financial district is here, and it boasts some of the tallest skyscrapers in the city — so head up to the One Liberty Observation Deck and check out the view! Center City West is more than just a business district — there’s a thriving nightlife here. There are tons of great luxury apartments in City Center West for rent.

Manayunk

The name of this neighborhood sounds a little bit like a hipster band, which is fitting. Manayunk just might be the flanneliest, beardiest part of the city. The main street here is full of cool little shops boutiques and art galleries. It’s convenient too — apartments in Manayunk are just minutes from the city center.

Avenue of the Arts North

The performing arts capital of Philadelphia — Avenue of the Arts is the top choice for all you culture vultures out there.The Philadelphia Orchestra, Academy of Music, Merriam Theatre, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, and Wilma theater are all located here. With all that, who needs Broadway? Apartments in Avenue of the Arts North for rent can be expensive — studios start at $1500.

Logan Square

Luxury high-rise apartments for rent can be found side by side with historic brick houses in Logan Square. This where you can find Philadelphia’s famous City Hall. Of course, the most famous attraction here is the Benjamin Franklin Parkway — this lovely green walkway is sometimes compared to the Champs Elysees! When you want a snack, try the Bang Bang Pie Shop on North California avenue — their homemade pies and biscuits are delicious. Apartments for rent in Logan Square offer easy access to the entire city.