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Welcome to Philadelphia! Philadelphia is a world-class city with plenty of things to do and see! Thomas Jefferson University is proud to be a part of such a dynamic, diverse and historic city.

While living here it's important to learn about the city and it's neighborhoods. You will often hear people reference the different neighborhoods such as Washington Square West, Old City, Society Hill, Queen's Village, Northern Liberties, Rittenhouse Square, Bella Vista, University City, and so on. Thomas Jefferson University is located in the Washington West neighborhood.

Learn more about the neighborhoods within Philadelphia to help you navigate the city.

Where to Go

Check out the following websites to learn more about all-things Philadelphia:

  • Citysearch is the essential local guide for living bigger, better and smarter in your city.
  • Visit the official visitor site for the Greater Philadelphia region.
  • is a great resource with plenty of information about news, sports, entertainment, food and much more in the city!
  •, the city's official tourism blog, with info about events going on in the city and surrounding region!
  • Center City Guide is an interactive map of the center city area of Philadelphia. This map highlights attractions, restaurants, shopping and more.

Where to Eat

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Dining On-Campus:

TJU Dining Services (Atrium Cafeteria, TJU Farmers Market, JAH Food Court)

Dining Off-Campus: Thomas Jefferson University is close to many different restaurants just off campus. Utilizing a website such as Citysearch or MenuPages will help guide you to what restaurants are close by or located throughout the city.

Reading Terminal Market - Mouth-watering aromas. Produce fresh from the field. Amish specialties. Fresh meats, seafood, and poultry. Unique, hand-made pottery, jewelry and crafts from around the world. (12th and Arch Streets)

Italian Market the oldest and largest working outdoor market in the United States. (South 9th Street)

Grocery Stores close to campus:
ACME is a popular chain in Southeastern Pennsylvania with lots of groceries, exceptional freshness, quality and value. (10th and South Streets)

Whole Foods Market is the world's largest retailer of natural and organic foods, with stores throughout North America and the United Kingdom. (10th and South Streets)

Everything Fresh is a small, local grocery store specializing in fresh and healthy foods. (12th and Walnut Streets)

Trader Joe's Market: When it comes to grocery chains, Trader Joe's isn't your average Joe. With about 350 stores in some 25 states, the company offers upscale grocery fare such as health foods, organic produce, and nutritional supplements. (21st and Market Streets)


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Walnut Street Theatre: The official website of Philadelphia's most popular theatre company

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which includes Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, Innovation Studio and the Merck Arts Education Center. Kimmel Center, Inc. also manages the Academy of Music, owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, and the University of the Arts' Merriam Theater.

The Trocadero Theatre is an independent music venue located in Philadelphia, PA. The historic Victorian theater currently hosts concerts, movie screenings and more.


The Mann Center for the Performing Arts presents diverse, world-class entertainment in a beautiful park setting at affordable prices.

The Forrest Theatre is one of Philadelphia's premier venues for live theatre, presenting only the very best plays and musicals that Broadway has to offer.

The Prince Music Theatre was founded in 1984 as the American Music Theater Festival, and in 1999 established a permanent home at 1412 Chestnut Street on the Avenue of the Arts.


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Philadelphia Museum of Art: As one of the largest art museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art invites visitors from around the world to explore its renowned art collections, acclaimed special exhibitions,andenriching programs, both in-person and online.

Mütter Museum contains a collection of medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment. The museum is part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Independence National Historical Park: Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States. Explore the history of not just the city, but the country as well.

The Old City Experience presented by the Old City Arts Association.

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show Fine Art in Philadelphia, PA.

Philadelphia Zoo Check out Philadelphia's collection of exotic animals at the zoo!

Sporting Events

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Philadelphia Flyers Hockey (NHL) team

Philadelphia Phillies Baseball (MLB) team

Philadelphia 76ers Basketball (NBA) team

Philadephia Eagles Football (NFL) team

Philadelphia Union Soccer (MLS) team

Parks/Outdoor Activities

Schuylkill River trail
Credit: Schuylkill River Development Corporation

Fairmount Park is Philadelphia's Park System. With over 9,200 acres, it claims 10% of the land in Philadelphia (City and County). Fairmount Park has been called "one of the largest urban parks in the country."

Schuylkill River Trail is a multi-use trail in southeastern PA that will run almost 130 miles when completed. The trail runs along the western side of the city along the Schuylkill River. Also check out the Schuylkill Banks, for more activities and events along the river. Great place to bike, run or walk!


For more Information...

Please contact Ken Lastowka, Assistant Director of Residence Life at either (215)955-1755 or

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