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Get to Know Philadelphia


Get to Know Philadelphia

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Philadelphia is an ideal city to live, eat, work and study in. As the fifth largest metropolitan area in the United States, the Philadelphia region offers all of the amenities and opportunities you would expect in a big city, while still maintaining the charm and intimacy of a smaller town.

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 Arts 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.



Students often travel and commute together. Philadelphia’s robust public-transit system, called SEPTA, operates busses, trolleys, a subway and regional commuter rail lines that make getting around town, and connecting to nearby New York and Washington, D.C. very easy. RRC itself is located in Wyncote, just a few miles outside of the city and easily accessible by car or just a few minutes’ walk to the regional rail station.



One of the highlights of living in Philadelphia is the prevalence of great affordable housing options, especially compared to Boston, NewYork 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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We have embarked on a strategic planning process to envision the near-term future of the organization. To inform that process, we want to understand our constituents’ needs in these tumultuous times, so we’re reaching out to you.

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