Get to know your new city!

Here are some basics about Philadelphia, most often referred to as Philly. 

This section contains information on many of the things that will help you live in and explore the city. 

    • Exploring Philadelphia & Beyond
    • Exploring Philadelphia & Beyond

Location Basics

  • Philadelphia is located in the eastern U.S.
  • Penn is located in West Philadelphia
  • Explore the region: Google Maps

Language Basics

  • English is the primary language, spoken everywhere
  • The city is very diverse, though, and other languages and international communities can be found

Useful Links to Philadelphia Resources

Philadelphia Basics

  • We are the 5th largest city in the US
  • City population is roughly 1.5 million people
  • We were once the nation's capital and hold many historical places related to US independence

Philadelphia Climate & Weather:

  • We are cold in winter AND very hot in summer
  • Winter (Dec - March): below 30°F (below -1°C)
  • Summer (June - Sept): 90°F (32°C) with high humidity
  • Warm clothing, coats and boots, are needed as early as November
  • Rainy weather can occur at anytime, but is most prevalent in spring (April-May)

Clothing & Attire

  • In general, around town and in class, clothing is casual
  • Informal attire including jeans and t-shirts are acceptable for women and men
  • Clothing stores are easily accessible both near campus and around town
  • It may be helpful to bring your culture's traditional clothing for international celebrations, certain campus events as well as speaking engagements around the city