Colleges & Universities Near Old City Philadelphia

Looking for apartments close to Philadelphia’s many colleges and universities? Built in the 1700s, our Old City apartments at Waterfront II are steeped in history. Adapted through the years as various shops, residences, and warehouses that supported the era’s port businesses, the historic buildings have been restored as 13 modern apartment homes.

University of Philadelphia

University of Pennsylvania is one of the top Ivy League schools in the nation and is just a short train ride from Waterfront II. While all of the nearby universities offer something unique to students, Penn is ideal for students who are looking for a school steeped in history yet that embraces forward-thinking technology and innovation. The university is internationally known for its research capabilities, with a top medical school that is educating the next generation of leading doctors and researchers. Its law school is considered among the most prestigious, as is its business school, which has graduated some of the world’s foremost business leaders. If reputation and renown are on the checklist as you explore nearby universities, Penn will be at the top of your list.

Drexel University

Drexel University also has a stellar reputation. With a growing research division, medical school, and a diverse selection of undergraduate and graduate programs, Drexel provides a comprehensive approach to education. Long known to be on the cutting edge of education, Drexel is embracing online education and other forward-thinking features important to adult learners.

Temple University

One of the quickest-growing nearby universities in Philadelphia is Temple University. The school has one of the biggest undergraduate populations in the region, and also has a very active graduate community and a well-known law school. Temple takes advantage of its deep roots in the city to connect students with internships, career-development programs, and other opportunities to help them put down their own roots in the area.

Whether you’re looking for a school with great name recognition, one with online-learning options or one that allows you to be immersed in the local community, living in a Waterfront II apartment provides convenient commutes via public transportation and access to luxury rental community amenities. Choose a charming studio or a more spacious 1- 2-, or 3-bedroom floor plan and contact our leasing office to schedule a tour.

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