Hotels near University City
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The University City neighborhood is the academic epicenter of Philadelphia, home to the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Although there are not as many hotels here as in the adjacent Center City neighborhood, University City has several inexpensive hotel options. Some of the best hotels in the area include the Inn at Penn and the Sheraton University City Philadelphia.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels near University City

Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
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8.1
Excellent
4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia
from $84
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
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7.3
Good
201 North 17th Street, Philadelphia
from $119
Renaissance Philadelphia Airport Hotel
Renaissance Philadelphia Airport Hotel
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7.3
Good
500 Stevens Dr, Philadelphia
from $127
Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
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8.3
Excellent
1 Dock St, Philadelphia
from $132
Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast
Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast
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9.3
Excellent
3300 Baring Street, Philadelphia
from $185
Penn's View Hotel
Penn's View Hotel
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8.7
Excellent
14 N Front St, Philadelphia
from $139
Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia City Center
Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia City Center
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7.4
Good
1201 Race Street, Philadelphia
from $139
The Independent Hotel
The Independent Hotel
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8.4
Excellent
1234 Locust Street, Philadelphia
from $119
Days Inn by Wyndham Philadelphia Convention Center
Days Inn by Wyndham Philadelphia Convention Center
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6.6
Good
1227 Race St, Philadelphia
from $88
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
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9.0
Excellent
433 Chestnut St., Philadelphia
from $179
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Easy to Explore on Foot

The area of West Philadelphia where University City lies is well-serviced by SEPTA and regional rail, making it easy to get downtown, to the airport, and out to the suburbs. The neighborhood itself is easily explored on foot, which is how most student residents get around. Due to the young academic population, inexpensive bars, delicious street food, and art galleries fill the area, and it tends to be quite safe. 

There are several affordable hotel options in the neighborhood. Homewood Suites by Hilton University City is an extended stay hotel that provides savings by offering full kitchens and family units. The Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel is located on the University of Pennsylvania campus and has an extensive gym and outdoor pool. The Hilton Inn at Penn is a AAA four Diamond luxury hotel with complimentary Wi-Fi and an Apple iPad in each room. 

Avoid Graduation for the Best Deals

The best time of year to get a cheap hotel room in University City is actually during the summer, when most students and academics are out of session. When booking a room, try to avoid major academic events. The most prominent of these is graduation, when room prices skyrocket. College move-in dates will also be in high demand. During these times it would be better to stay in Center City and take public transportation to University City.