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Philadelphia Shopping

Between classes, hanging out with friends, and any extracurriculars, shopping in Philadelphia should be the least of your worries. Luckily, University City has everything you need and then some. Whether you're looking for clothing, groceries, or you need SEPTA tokens, it's all very close by.


Although the GAP and American Apparel are right around the corner from Drexel's campus, the city has so much more to see. On Chestnut Street, The Shops at Liberty Place is one of the finest urban retail centers in the country. When you're looking for more sophisticated upscale merchandise and a gourmet treat, the shops at The Bellevue is a great destination spot. If you need variety, Old City features a number of small shops with clothing, accessories, home goods, and more. For an eclectic collection of clothing and impressive art selection, a stop at Art Star is the way to go.

Secondhand and Thrift Shops

For some, a great find at a thrift store or consignment shop is far better than any boutique purchase. Drexel is close to two fantastic consignment shops, Greene Street and the Buffalo Exchange, as well as two great thrift stores, Second Mile Center and Philly AIDS Thrift. Visit these stores for unique and affordable shopping.

Public Transportation

One advantage of going to school in Philadelphia is the convenient public transportation, and paying for your passes, tokens, and tickets is really easy to do. You can conveniently pay for your SEPTA tokens and passes right at Drexel's Creese Information Desk, 30th Street Station, and the SEPTA Transit Store. You can also buy your SEPTA Regional Rail tickets at 30th Street Station and Suburban Station.

Groceries and Everything Else

If you enjoy cooking or need to pick up a few basic food items, you can visit The Fresh Grocer, Trader Joe's, or Whole Foods. For everything else, there's always Target, Walmart, and Ikea conveniently located in the city.