Penn’s setting—a tight-knit, beautiful, green campus in the nation’s fifth-largest city—offers the best of two worlds. With 215 buildings (excluding hospitals) on 299 continuous acres, Penn’s campus facilitates both intellectual and social connections, and fosters an indomitable community spirit.
Vibrant and tree-lined, Penn’s central artery is a place to gather, share ideas, promote causes, and discover new interests. It brings the University’s vast resources together while serving as the physical heart of the Penn community. A friendly, intimate space, Locust Walk feels worlds removed from the city lights—yet within minutes, students can find themselves on the bustling streets of University City or in the middle of Center City Philadelphia.
Penn’s neighborhood, University City is an artsy, dynamic college town. From nearby Clark Park (featuring its own Shakespeare Company), to the 300,000-square-foot University Square shopping complex, to a fleet of over 60 food trucks that serve up quick, cheap cuisine from around the world, students can get anything they need within a few blocks of campus.
A green gateway from Penn into Center City Philadelphia, the Penn Park is a 24-acre recreational and athletic facility—as well as a model for sustainable urban development. Featuring sprint turf fields, a softball stadium, a tennis center, and an enclosed seasonal air structure, the park also collects two million gallons of storm water annually and saves 300,000 watts of energy per hour through a green lighting system.