Explore The Area
Area information, events, and attractions
Beautiful Metropolitan Campus
Arcadia University’s 81-acre campus in Glenside is the former private estate of the late sugar refiner William Welsh Harrison. Since its purchase in 1929, Harrison’s land has been transformed into a thriving academic community in metropolitan Philadelphia. With more than two-thirds of all full-time undergraduate students residing on campus, the University offers a wide variety of activities, including Division III athletics and more than 40 clubs and organizations. Click here to learn more about what’s happening at Arcadia.
Quaint College Town
Within walking distance from campus, downtown Glenside offers a number of small restaurants, coffee shops and stores. Elcy’s Coffeehouse, owned by an Arcadia alumna, is a popular spot conveniently located inside the Glenside train station. The Keswick Theatre, just a short distance from campus, hosts plays, comedians and musical artists throughout the year and brings everything from local to nationally known acts to the area. For more information about upcoming performances at the Keswick, visit www.keswicktheatre.com.
Easy Access to Center City Philadelphia
Students frequently take advantage of Arcadia’s proximity to Philadelphia. Center City is just 25 minutes from campus and is easily accessed by car, bus or train. Philadelphia offers a multitude of destinations and activities, including the National Constitution Center, Independence National Historic Park, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Zoo, South Street, and seven professional sports teams. Historical and cultural landmarks often are visited by Arcadia students, as are the many excellent venues for dining and nightlife. To learn more about Philadelphia and all it has to offer, go to VisitPhilly.com.
Places to See
Arcadia is conveniently located in proximity to many sources of entertainment. Several movie theatres are easily accessible from campus, as well as premier shopping destinations such as the King of Prussia mall, Willow Grove Park mall and Peddler’s Village in Lahaska. In Philadelphia, the historic shopping district of Chestnut Hill, with its tree-lined, cobblestone streets and more than 120 unique shops and restaurants, attracts students, as does Manayunk’s Main Street, which is home to a variety of art galleries, boutiques and restaurants. New Hope, in Bucks County, is just a 45-minute drive. This scenic town along the Delaware River offers various cultural, shopping and culinary adventures throughout the year.
Things to Do
From Arcadia, it is easy to enjoy the outdoors during every season. Fairmount Park, one of the largest urban parks in the world, and Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, are only 15 minutes from campus, and both offer abundant hiking and biking trails. The Pocono Mountains, just two hours from the University, provide a perfect setting for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, paintball, boating, white water rafting and much more. Traveling east, the New Jersey shore is one and a half hours from campus, offering beaches, boardwalks, and year-round entertainment.