About the Area: Glenside and Philadelphia

Glenside Area Information

Arcadia University's beautiful and vibrant campus is located in Glenside, Pa., just 25 minutes by train from Center City Philadelphia.

Arcadia is proud to call Glenside our home. From fantastic local eateries and eclectic shops to a regional rail station, Glenside is an exciting neighborhood. Located just north of Philadelphia, Arcadia students experience the best of two worlds: a major metropolitan city and a small, close-knit suburban community.

Once you become an Arcadia Knight, you’ll receive your own Knight Card that provides you with discounts to local restaurants, shops, and services. Visit the Knight Card website for a list of vendors that offer discounts.

Additional information about Glenside

Nearby Hotels

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Philadelphia Area Information

There are many exciting things to see and do in Philadelphia. We encourage you to explore all that the city has to offer.

Some of the most popular attractions include Reading Terminal Market, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Zoo, and shops and restaurants along South Street. Philadelphia is a city full of history, found in sites such as The Liberty Bell Center and the National Constitution Center.

Go to VisitPhilly.com to learn about the above and much more, including: Philly sports teams, First Fridays, museums, music venues, theater, art exhibitions.

Nearby Neighborhoods

  • Jenkintown, adjacent to campus, is home to restaurants, bars, shops, and an independent movie theater. Every September, the Jenkintown Festival of the Arts, a juried art show, takes over the town and showcases the best of the area’s artistic talent.
  • Chestnut Hill is a charming neighborhood less than 5 miles from campus that offers great places to eat and shop in addition to activities for nature lovers, like hiking trails along the Wissahickon and strolling through gardens at Morris Arboretum.
  • Ambler is a small town located five miles north of Glenside. It has a bustling main street featuring shops, multi-ethnic restaurants and entertainment.
  • Mount Airy is a vibrant, diverse Philadelphia neighborhood only four miles from campus. With a burgeoning art and culture scene, Mt. Airy has frequently been named one of the best neighborhoods in Philadelphia.
  • Manayunk, just eight miles from campus, is a trendy neighborhood popular among local college students for its exciting nightlife.


Getting Around on Campus

About Glenside and Philadelphia

Arcadia's campus is situated in the heart of Glenside, PA, with easy access to local and regional public transport. Once you are on campus, there are a number of options to get around, whether walking or by bike, car, bus, train or Zip car. A 15-minute (one mile) walk to the Glenside Train Station gives you access to the world.

Public Transportation

SEPTA's Regional Rail system is a convenient and easy way to travel from campus. The closest station to campus is the Glenside Station. The Lansdale/Doylestown, Warminster and Airport rail lines stop at the Glenside Station. Connections can be made to Amtrak, Bolt Bus and Megabus, and Philadelphia International Airport. 

SEPTA bus routes #22 and #77 stop on Easton Road directly in front of campus.

More information on public transportation.

Taxi Service

Taxi service in Glenside should be arranged in advance or use the Uber app to request a car from your smartphone. 

Zip Car

Arcadia has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to the area. To use Zipcars, simply register as a member, reserve a car online or by phone, use your Zipcard to enter the car, and drive away. 


Bike racks are outside most buildings at Arcadia. If you bring your bike to campus, make sure you lock it to one of the bolted campus locations.