Philadelphia: It's Your City!

Philadelphia- the City of Brotherly Love!

The original capital of the nation, Philadelphia was laid out by William Penn Jr. in 1682, on a grid system that was to provide the pattern for most American cities. It was envisaged as a "greene countrie towne", and today, for all its historical and cultural significance, it still manages to retain a certain quaintness. Just a few blocks away from the noise, crowds, heat and dust of downtown, shady cobbled alleys stand lined with red-brick colonial houses, while the peace and quiet of huge Fairmount Park make it easy to forget you're in a major metropolis. Make the most out of your time at Villanova and see how Philadelphia really is the city that "loves you back".

Discovering It for Yourself

To make it easier than ever, we have put together resources to help you make the most out of your trip. The headings below take you to best of the best:

Getting to the City

Public transportation makes it easy to get into the city, and move around while you're there.


Philadelphia is home to the Walnut Street Theatre, America's oldest theatre, and many other great entertainment venues.


Philly has arguably got one of the East Coast best's nightlife scenes. We've compiled some of our favorite hot spots.


Take advantage of great shopping. Whether big malls or small boutiques, Philly has got you covered. Campus Philly offers discounts and coupons, check them out!


Cheesesteak wit or wit-out? Or maybe something fancier? The city offers hundreds of great dining establishments.


Run up the steps of the Art Museum just like Rocky, or head inside for their great exhibitions. Enjoy Philadelphia's many cultural attractions.

Campus Philly Alliance

It's now easier than ever to experience Philly as a Villanovan.  The Campus Activities Team (CAT) works in partnership with Campus Philly, a nonprofit organization in partnership with the City of Philadelphia, with the mission to connect college students to life in Greater Philadelphia.

As a Villanova student, you can enjoy:

  • The annual Campus Philly Kick-Off (formerly Philadelphia College Festival), a huge festival to for all Philadelphia-area college students.  
  • Campus Philly leadership program, which engages students to take on civic leadership roles across campuses and in partnership with area businesses, institutions and governments. 
  • Want to spend a night out on the town without breaking the bank?  The Campus Philly Discount Program gives you regular access at discount prices to cultural, retail and dining outlets, events at college campuses, and exclusive promotions. 

Whether you want to plan your whole day around great bargains, or just want to save a few dollars off a late-night food order, see how the Discount Program saves you money throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.