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Area Information - Philadelphia PA

at Saint Joseph's University

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Tel: 1(610) 660-2125
E-mail: phi@ELS.edu

  • Located in a modern, two-story building on the beautiful, friendly, comfortable campus of Saint Joseph's University.
  • A convenient, safe location , close to downtown Philadelphia, a modern yet historic city offering a lively experience in American culture
  • Free use of a state-of-the-art library, two sports facilities with gyms and pools, outdoor soccer fields, tennis courts and track
  • Well-equipped dorms on campus near restaurants with free campus shuttles to nearby shopping


Area Description

ELS Philadelphia is located just 25 minutes from downtown Philadelphia on the beautiful, safe campus of Saint Joseph's University. Philadelphia, the second-largest city on the East Coast, is a modern yet historic city offering visitors a lively experience in American culture. Recreational activities offered to ELS students include trips to New York, Washington DC, Boston, and Niagara Falls, plus excursions to shopping centers and a variety of sporting events.

Area Attractions

Distances to Key Locations (from ELS Center)

Housing Options: Minutes Method
Homestays in the area (Homestay) Up to 45 Walk/Bike/Bike/Car
SJU - Living & Learning Commons (Student Residence (on campus)) 4/1 Walk/Bike
Local Places:    
Pharmacy 5/5 Walk/Bike
Sports Stadium 45/45/45 Train/Bus/Car
Airport 45/45/40 Subway/Bus/Car
Bank 15/10/10/10 Walk, Bike, Bus, Car
Downtown Area 45/20/25/20 Bike/Train/Bus/Car
Post Office 25/15/15/10 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
Restaurants 10/10/10/10 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
Shopping Mall/Outlet 45/45 Bus/Car
Supermarket 35/15/15/10 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
Public Transportation 5/5/5/5 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
Other Nearby Cities:    
New York City, NY 190 Train/Bus/Car
Atlantic City, NJ 60 Train/Bus/Car
Washington, DC 230 Train/Bus/Car
Baltimore, MD 200 Train/Bus/Car

Local Transportation

  • Philadelphia has a good system of buses, trains and subways under the name of SEPTA, which provides bus, subway, and train options to downtown, surrounding suburbs, and nearby cities.
  • Local bus and subway fares range from $2.50 to $5.00.
  • The 30th Street train station, 15 minutes from ELS by bus, provides access to train service to New York City, Washington D.C. and beyond.
  • Convenient taxi services to local areas
  • The Philadelphia Airport is a large regional hub supporting many airlines with connections to both national and international cities, with convenient shuttles, taxis, limos, buses, trains, and subways to downtown and surrounding areas
  • Philadelphia is a good biking city with rentals available in several locations

Recommended Hotels

Homewood Suites by Hilton Philadelphia-City Avenue
4200 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: +1 215-966-3000
Discounted rate available for ELS students

Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West
4010 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: +1 215.477.0200
Discount rate available for ELS students