University City


Cira Centre is situated in the University City section of downtown Philadelphia. As the regional center for higher education, it is home to 46,000 students attending four universities:

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Drexel University
  • Lincoln University
  • University of the Sciences

An engine of job growth: University City continues to maintain its role as an engine of job growth in Philadelphia and the region. With new research towers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, as well as growth at the area’s other institutions, the concentration of “Eds and Meds” in University City has contributed to strong and consistent job growth. Nearby, the University City Science Center continues to attract ambitious startup companies. As a result, University City continues to be among the most popular office markets in the region, with several major office projects on the drawing board. With the addition of thousands of employees at the Federal Government’s campus (the former US Post Office facility) recently renovated and restored by Brandywine Realty Trust, there’s every reason to expect University City to continue to attract businesses looking to be at the center of a growing regional economy.

Neighborhood institutions and developers are making smart economic and environmental investments in University City. Nearly 30 new development projects advanced or were completed in University City, representing several million square feet of new office, research, academic and medical space.