What’s It Like in Drexel’s New City View Lounge?

The City View Lounge on the sixth floor of MacAlister Hall is now open for faculty and professional staff to eat food and relax in a special, scenic space.
The entrance to the City View Lounge, with a sign announcing the space and a doorway showing the entrance to the dining area.
The entrance of the City View Lounge.

If you’re a faculty or professional staff member at Drexel University and you’ve been looking for a place to eat, relax and talk with colleagues, then you’re in luck.

The City View Lounge is a new employees-only spot on the University City Campus that opened earlier this month. Located on the sixth floor of MacAlister Hall at 3250 Chestnut St., it features lots of space where you can bring your own food, bring up something from another dining location in the building, pick up food from a dining location across campus, and/or purchase your own grab-and-go items through a self-service market for meals, snacks, desserts and coffee.

The City View Lounge was created to provide a dedicated space for employees to relax and collaborate without a reservation. The lounge is open during the same hours as MacAlister Hall (usually 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.).

As you may have guessed from the name, the space offers scenic views of University City. No major renovations were made to the space, and the Business Services team utilized existing tables and chairs for the lounge’s initial opening.

Business Services is evaluating feedback through winter and spring terms to enhance the experience. Please visit the Business Services’ feedback page to provide any questions or comments about the new lounge.

A shelving area with the words "Pret Pick Up" in front of a refrigerator of drinks and a wall of snacks to purchase.

There’s a Pret A Manger on the University City Campus (3400 Lancaster Ave.), but you can also order from the sandwich, breakfast and coffee shop and pick it up at the City View Lounge. Order lunch by 10 a.m. via the GET Portal (sign in with your Drexel credentials and pay using DragonDollars or a credit/debit card) or GET Mobile App (available for iOS and Android). Your items will be available to pick up from this designated spot by 11:30 a.m.

An area to purchase food items, candy displays and two coffee machines on a counter.

You can purchase snacks, drinks and other food items through Avenue C, a self-service market. You can pay using Canteen’s Connect and Pay app or by credit and debit card. Student employees from Business Services help maintain the space and can help answer any questions about how the self-service market works — just ask!

Two coffee machines side by side with various coffee accoutrements.

A coffee station offers a variety of hot items, including La Colombe coffee, various espresso drinks and even hot chocolate.

An area of refrigerated cases and a wall of snacks for purchase.

Prepackaged sandwiches, salads and take-and-heat entrees are available, as well as a variety of drinks and snacks.

A close look at an area of refrigerated cases and a wall of snacks for purchase.

A wide variety of packaged snacks and grab-and-go items can be purchased on site.

Two microwaves on a table in front of a window.

Microwaves, silverware, plates and napkins are also available for you to use.

Tables and chairs in the City View Lounge.

Seating is available on a come-and-go basis. You can also bring food in from the Handschumacher Dining Center, which offers to-go meals from nine culinary stations with a variety of cuisines and dietary options. You can get there by taking the elevators down to the bottom level of MacAlister Hall, in the same building.

Tables and chairs in the City View Lounge.

You can also bring your own food in to enjoy in the space. Nearby options around 32nd and Chestnut streets include Shake Shack (burgers, hot dogs, fries, milkshakes and concretes); Boba King (milk tea, smoothies, coffee and honey bread); the Board and Brew (breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, coffee and tea); Saxbys (coffee, smoothies, tea, café items, toasts) and LaScala’s Fire (appetizers, salads, paninis, wood-fired pizzas, pastas and more American and Italian cuisine, for lunch and dinner).