Get to Know Philadelphia

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As the fifth largest metropolitan area in the country, the Philadelphia region is an exciting and diverse place in which to live, work, and study.

Students at the College love the diversity, vibrant cultural life, and distinct personalities of the city’s neighborhoods. Some of the highlights of our great city include the renowned Fringe Festival, the expansive Wissahickon and Fairmount Parks, world-class museums and a fabulous culinary scene. Check out this comprehensive resource on up-to-date happenings throughout Philadelphia.


Philadelphia’s robust public-transit system, SEPTA, operates busses, trolleys, a subway and regional commuter rail lines that make getting around town easy. New Jersey Transit, Amtrak, and private direct bus services provide quick access to nearby New York City and Washington, D.C. The College is located in Wyncote, a section of Cheltenham Township, a few miles outside of the city. RRC is easily accessible via car and is less than a mile walk up Greenwood Ave from the local regional rail train station with service into Center City Philadelphia.


One of the highlights of living in Philadelphia is the prevalence of a range of affordable housing options, especially compared to Boston, New York City and Los Angeles. The majority of students at the College live in West Philadelphia, Mount Airy, and Center City neighborhoods. They rent and own all manner of housing, including single family homes, apartments, duplexes and row homes. Philadelphia is a welcoming city. Students become involved in community life by volunteering in neighborhood organizations, local activist campaigns and food co-ops, knitting themselves into the communities where they live.

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