City Living In Philadelphia Drexel's hometown of Philadelphia is one of the nation's first and largest cities, and the birthplace of the nation. Drexel, the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova are the only Philadelphia universities ranked in the top 100 by U.S. News. The city offers opportunities to learn, play, work, and engage in the arts, history, and culture. Philadelphia encompasses Fairmount Park, one of the largest urban park systems in the country; is home to hundreds of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct personality and attractions; and is close to the best that the area has to offer, from farmers markets in Lancaster County to snow sports in the Pocono Mountains to the boardwalks of the Jersey Shore. It's also conveniently located between New York City and Washington, D.C. Drexel students can access Philadelphia's many attractions through region-specific academic courses (often including field trips), a comprehensive transportation network, and Drexel's three Philadelphia campuses. Students who live on campus participate in residence hall-sponsored excursions and daily activities that take them into the city's neighborhoods and communities. Off-campus students can take advantage of the housing and culinary offerings of our world-class city and the convenience of the University's location.