A vibrant city with a promising future and a rich past, Philadelphia has an abundance of history, culture, and recreation. Home to a number of prestigious universities — including the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Temple University — the city provides its residents with a strong academic community. Moreover, Philadelphia’s location in the east coast’s “Biotechnology Corridor,” which includes numerous biomedical and pharmaceutical companies, allows for collaboration on cutting-edge research and great potential for professional development.
But life in Philadelphia isn’t all work: Philly provides its residents with many entertainment opportunities. In addition to its popular professionals sports teams — the Eagles, Phillies, 76ers and Flyers — the city is home to a thriving community of artists and musicians and world-class cultural institutions, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia also boasts the largest urban park in the world, Fairmount Park, which maintains more than 100 miles of trails for running, cycling and riding. And for those interested in the city’s past, tours through Old City visit numerous historical landmarks, such as the Betsy Ross House, the Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall.
While the city has 1.4 million residents, making it the sixth largest city in the United States, it is small enough to feel like home. This is due in part to the large number of communities that comprise Philadelphia’s “city of neighborhoods.” Each neighborhood has its own distinct feel and unique benefits, and a wide range of housing options is available throughout the city and suburbs.
Finding a Home and Getting Around
Looking for a place to live can be difficult, especially when you are unfamiliar with your new home town. Fortunately, Visit Philly’s neighborhoods page offers a wealth of information about Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, from University City (home to Children’s Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania) to Fairmount to Queen Village.
For an overview of the city’s real estate, see Trulia. And to see apartment listings, map-based sources like Padmapper and ApartmentList can be invaluable. If you’re looking for temporary housing, consider the options presented on the University of Pennsylvania Off-campus Living Web site. The International House additionally provides students, scholars and interns with the chance to live in a multicultural atmosphere near Children’s Hospital. In addition, the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians provides valuable information for those relocating internationally.
Many Children’s Hospital employees choose to live outside the city in the suburbs. With the accessibility of Children’s Hospital via public transportation, commuting from areas outside of Philly is easy and affordable. In addition, limited parking is available in the Hospital parking lots for a monthly fee.
Though one can easily drive, bike, or walk in and around Philadelphia, many Children’s Hospital employees rely on public transportation. Philadelphia’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, or SEPTA, public transportation includes multiple bus routes, trolleys, regional rail lines, and local rail lines. For more information, visit the SEPTA Web site. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provides a transit benefit assistance plan, which is valuable for those who frequently use local and regional public transportation.