Welcome back to Curbed Comparisons, a dive into the options available for a certain price point in various neighborhoods. Since it’s back-to-school time, we took a special look at rentals near colleges and universities in Philly. Is one person's loft another person’s townhouse? Let's find out! Today's price: $1,000/month.
University City (studio, 1 bath)—At 380 square feet, this studio at the Chestnut Hall Apartments is not large, and while some apartments may have newly renovated kitchens and baths, even these may feel a bit cramped. But the location of the historic complex couldn’t be better for Penn or Drexel students—it’s only blocks from both campuses, grocery shopping, and the movies. Rent is $999/month and pets are not allowed, but guarantors are.
North Philly (2 beds, 1 bath)—This apartment is on a residential street in North Philly, which is experiencing a revitalization of its own. For $1,000/month, it has central air and new appliances, and it’s a short walk down Diamond Street to Temple’s Main Campus, or transportation on Broad Street. Pets allowed.
Center City (Studio, 1 bath)—The smallest rental this week, at this 256-square-foot studio puts the kitchen, living, sleeping area, and bathroom entry in the same general foot path, which may make things feel tight. But for $980/month, the Adelphia building offers a fitness center to help unwind, and the Center City location is a half mile from the University of the Arts, Thomas Jefferson University, and just blocks from a host of restaurants like El Vez, Vedge, and the Hard Rock Cafe. Cats welcome.
Chestnut Hill (Junior, 1 bath) — This junior-sized one-bedroom for $991/month is 400 square feet, and has an upgraded kitchen and bath in a suburban setting. Chestnut Hill Village is a grassy complex with a fitness center, outdoor pool, and a movie room. It’s a short drive to Chestnut Hill College or Arcadia University, and it’s just across the street from groceries, and close to the shops on Germantown Avenue.
Powelton Village (1 bed, 1 bath)—For $990/month, this apartment in a gated walk-up has wood floors, French doors in the bedroom, and an open kitchen with small-sized appliances. It's pet friendly and close to Drexel University and 30th Street Station.