As one of America’s first major cities, Philadelphia’s historical importance and vibrant communities create a charming and unique culture. The home of Saint Joseph’s University is widely known as “The City of Brotherly Love” and it certainly is, but it is also a city of much more. The fifth largest metropolis in the U.S. is peppered with historical landmarks and world renowned museums, home to a number of professional sports teams and a medley of dining options. There are also countless opportunities to explore Philadelphia’s outdoors with a myriad of year-round festivals and cultural events, sprawling parks, zoos and aquariums. Finally, with eight Fortune 500 companies, Philadelphia is ideal for internships, networking and post-graduation job opportunities – Hawks often settle here after they graduate.
The city is conveniently located between New York City and Washington D.C. and has accommodated major events that have enriched its communities. In the past two years, Philadelphia has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors for The World Meeting of the Families and the papal visit – including a stop at SJU, The Democratic National Convention and The Forbes under 30 Summit.
At SJU, we understand our Hawks have a need to spread their wings and explore. Our campus is located just a train ride away from Center City Philadelphia, allowing our students to easily access the array of culture, art, nightlife, and opportunity that Philadelphia has to offer.
The History of Philadelphia
The birthplace of the nation is brimming with an endless number of historical attractions, events and even colonial themed restaurants to choose from. You can visit everything from the Liberty Bell and Constitution Center to the Eastern State Penitentiary and more during your time as a Hawk.
Jobs and Internships
Saint Joseph’s University proximity to downtown Philadelphia is ideal for students who are looking to intern or work for a major corporation or small business related to their field. Landing an internship can change the trajectory of your career for years to come. Oftentimes, internships lead to job offers. Aside from attending graduate and law school, our Hawks have been employed at the following companies and organizations in the past 3 years.
Museums and Attractions
Aside from the obligatory visit to the Liberty Bell, SJU students have the opportunity to explore a variety of historical attractions, art and science museums, landmarks, and arboretums. We recommend a few below.
Music and Performing Arts
Philadelphia is brimming with musical and performance talent. You may have heard of Philly natives Boyz II Men, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Roots, G. Love & Special Sauce and Hall and Oates. When they aren’t in town putting on a show, you can catch your favorite musical and performing arts acts at the following venues.
There are countless parks, festivals, musical, cultural, and city-wide events for Hawks to escape to when they need to take a break from their studies. The below list of festivals, picnics and parks will help you plan your next outdoor adventure in the city of brotherly love.
South Street Italian Market Festival
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
The city of Philadelphia is known around the country for its passionate sports fans. With an array of professional and collegiate sports teams and citywide athletic events, you can choose to get into the game or cheer for your favorite team from the sidelines.
Rock’n’Roll Marathon Series
Septa: Philadelphia’s public transportation system operates trains, buses, subways and trolleys to help you navigate your way around the city, suburbs and beyond. SJU students can access discounts for Septa tickets here.
Regional Rail offers transportation around the city, suburbs and to the airport.
Market-Frankford Line acts as a late night bus transportation service running between 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.
Broad Street Line also acts as a late night bus transportation service running between 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.
Trolley Lines There are 4 Trolley lines that run 24 hours a day in addition to 5 additional trolley routes that begin and end at 13th and Market street in downtown Philadelphia.
Norristown High Speed Line serves between 69th street and Norristown. This line also serves the Main Line Area surrounding Saint Joseph’s University in addition to Montgomery and Delaware Counties.
Buses travel through every Philadelphia neighborhood.
Restaurants and Dining
Saint Joseph’s University is located within a 5 minute shuttle ride to restaurants like Honeygrow, Chipotle, Five Guys, Starbucks, Wendy, Applebees and many more. Hawks also have access to a variety of meal plans at the Saint Joseph’s University dining hall. If students care to venture beyond campus or local food options, they can head downtown via public transit to check out some of Philadelphia’s finest restaurant staples.
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Honey’s Sit ‘N’ Eat