Students crossing broad street with Temple University light pole banners hanging and city skyline in background

Life in Philadelphia

The fifth largest city in the U.S., Philadelphia is one of the most exciting and vibrant urban environments in the nation to study, work and play. From its wealth of history and renowned museums to its dynamic arts scene and famous cuisine, there’s an endless number of things to do and see throughout the region.

Housing and Residential Life

Since deciding where to live is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make as a student, it’s a good thing we have nine on-campus residences and a variety of off-campus housing alternatives. No matter your choice, living on Main Campus provides you with easy access to all the things to see and do in Philadelphia. Learn more about housing at Temple.

Temple University campus with Philadelphia skyline in background during sunset

Campus Safety

The safety of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority, and our goal is to promote a secure environment in which to learn, work and thrive. Our police division employs more than 130 sworn personnel, and our security division includes 63 Temple security officers augmented by 250 security officers from a contracted security company. Learn more about campus safety at Temple.

Exploring the City—the official visitors’ site for Greater Philadelphia
Uwishunu—the official tourism blog of Philadelphia
Center City District—a comprehensive guide to the city’s downtown district
Philly Fun Guide—information about must-see events and happenings
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance—a guide to the city’s arts and culture
Arts & Culture at Temple University—an overview of on-campus cultural events
Campus & City Life at Temple University—information about things to do in and around Main Campus
Temple University Calendar of Events—information about events at Temple

Love Park fountain and LOVE statue


Amtrak—train travel information
Campus Philly—hotel and travel deals for college visits
Greyhound—bus travel information
Maps and Directions—a comprehensive guide to navigating the city
Philadelphia Parking Authority—a comprehensive resource for city parking information
SEPTA—information about public transportation, including buses, regional rail lines, subways and trolleys

Female students waiting on the subway platform with train arriving in background