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Around Philadelphia

A view of the Waterworks overlooking the Schuylkill River

Villanova University is located just 12 miles (19 kilometers) west of Philadelphia, the sixth-largest city in the United States and the second-largest on the East Coast. Philadelphia offers something for everyone: world-class art museums, many historic sites, a great restaurant scene, performing arts and a wide spectrum of colorful neighborhoods and scenic walks. And if you are a sports fan, grab tickets to see a Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Flyers or Union game.

Philadelphia is home to nearly 90 colleges, universities, and other higher-education institutions, with a full-time student population of over 230,000. It’s also got the second-highest award rate in the nation (behind only Boston) for Bachelor's and first professional degrees.

Looking for a little nature, some local history, or perhaps a bit of retail therapy? Valley Forge National Historical Park is only 25 minutes from Villanova by car and is just one part of the history of the area. Even closer to campus is the largest mall on the East Coast — the King of Prussia Mall—just a 15-minute car ride away. Current students can get to the mall using the free Villanova campus shuttles, which also travel to other nearby dining and shopping locations.

Villanova University is easily accessible by train, plane, car or regional public transportation, with three train stations (two for the Norristown High Speed Line and one for the Paoli/Thorndale line) right on campus, and a bus that stops at the main campus entrance. To view all your public transportation options or to print a complete schedule, visit SEPTA.

Other Philadelphia resources: and Philadelphia Magazine.

Did you know... ?

Philadelphia enjoys a four season climate warmer than that of Boston and cooler than that of Washington, DC. Average high and low temperatures: 63.3 F/47.6 F.

Home to the First Continental Congress, which convened in 1774, Philadelphia was the first capital of the US.

The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia’s nicknames are “Philly” and the “City of Brotherly Love,” from philos (love) and adelphos (brother).

Philly’s 9,200-acre Fairmount Park is the single largest municipal park in the US.

Villanova Regional Map