Whether you are in school and looking for a place to live or you have a young one that needs a geographically convenient education, the proximity to schools is an important factor in where you’ll rent an apartment.
To no surprise, the areas in and around Center City, being the most populated, have the most school options in Philadelphia. But where exactly are the best apartments in the city for convenience to schools? We mapped out school, college and educational facilities in Philly and cross-referenced them with the listing of every apartment in the city on Rent.com. What we came up with was a data-driven list, prorated for distance, of the 10 best apartments in Philadelphia near schools.
10. Tower Place
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Tower Place Apartments is a luxury high-rise in the Hahnemann area, one of the final towers as you exit the north end of Center City, just above the Vine Expressway. The 200 or so apartment homes feature oak hardwood flooring throughout, spacious walk-in closets, Bosch laundry fixtures and kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.
This area, sandwiched between the Spring Garden and Callowhill West neighborhoods, is a mecca for schools and education facilities, convenient to Ben Franklin High School, the Community College Of Philadelphia, the Parkway Center City High School vocational school, Philadelphia High School for Business and Technology and the Hussian College design and art school. Additionally, the School District of Philadelphia headquarters and all its associated services are right next door.
9. Hanover North Broad
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Tucked into the northwest corner of the Vine Street and Broad Street intersection is the Hanover North Broad, a brand new low-rise in the in-demand Fairmount/Callowhill West neighborhood.
The “ultra-modern” one- to three-bedroom apartment homes offer wood flooring in the living areas, spacious media room, frameless cabinets, outsized windows, chef kitchens with granite and quartz countertops and large islands, dry bar and private terrace.
The Drexel University College of Medicine is right next door, on the campus of Hahnemann University Hospital, Drexel’s primary teaching hospital. And just across Broad Street is Roman Catholic High School, the oldest Catholic secondary school in Philadelphia.
8. Haverford Court Apartments
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Out in the tree-lined, suburban-type West Philadelphia neighborhood of Overbrook is the Haverford Court Apartments, surrounded by the foliage of Morris Park. The two “T”-shaped buildings that make up this income restricted property offer units featuring ceramic tile flooring in the entry, kitchen and dining room, with hardwood flooring in the living and bedrooms, ceiling fans, pendant lighting and private patios on the first floors and balconies on the upper floors.
A number of elementary schools, both private and public, dot the neighborhood around Haverford Court, and the Overbrook Park Library sits adjacent to the apartment’s courtyard. Just across City Avenue is the historic Quaker-founded all-grades Friends’ Central School.
The Mixology Wine Institute of Philadelphia bartending school is just up the road. And the numerous private colleges and universities that make up Philadelphia’s Main Line are all in close proximity, including Haverford College, Bryn Mawr and Villanova University.
7. 1200 Washington
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Deep in Passyunk Square among South Philly rowhouses and warehouses is 1200 Washington, a boutique apartment building a couple of blocks off Broad Street. The units in this luxury slate-and-white low-rise feature hardwood floors, energy efficient appliances and HVAC, large windows, granite countertops, USB charging outlets throughout and keyless smart locks.
With its spot at the edge of residential South Philadelphia, 1200 Washington offers accessibility to many schools of every sort. The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) and Academy at Palumbo magnet schools, Universal Institute Charter School and Christopher Columbus Charter School are all nearby, as are a number of elementary and middle schools.
Looking for close by cultural education? Fleisher Art Memorial offers art classes, Philly InMovement has dance classes, JNA Institute of Culinary Arts offers cooking classes and Settlement Music School teaches music classes.
6. The Granary
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Located smack-dab in the center of Philly’s Museum District, The Granary sits just steps off the famed Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The building designed to fit in seamlessly with the high-end architecture of Parkway Museums like The Barnes Foundation and the Rodin Museum.
Units in The Granary include features like bamboo floors, double sinks, in-unit laundry, recessed lights, exposed concrete, kitchens with granite countertops and butcher block islands and balconies or rooftop terraces.
Many educational opportunities exist in The Granary’s Franklintown neighborhood. The main campus of the Community College of Philadelphia is just down the street, as is the J. W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School.
With West Philadelphia just four blocks over the river, University City and its schools, including the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University are a short transit ride away. And the Parkway Central Library – the main building in the Philadelphia Free Library system – and all its educational opportunities are quite literally right out the front door.
5. The Arch
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Sitting in the direct shadows of some of Philadelphia’s tallest Center City buildings is The Arch apartments, a 16-story classical renaissance architecture high-rise contrasting the shimmer of its surrounding skyscrapers.
But inside, The Arch is modern luxury. Units have large windows that fill the space with natural light, high-end finishes, hardwood floors and oversized closets. The building offers an equipped gym, entertainment room with party-sized televisions as well as “community-bonding” events, such as wine tastings and movie nights in its lobby lounge.
Sitting on the corner of the Rittenhouse Square and Logan Square neighborhoods, that expanse offers many educational options, including Center City campus of Strayer University and the Friends Select Quaker-founded school just steps away, and the Devry University Philadelphia Center and its Keller Graduate School.
Secondary schools populate the area, such as the Russell Byers Charter School, the Science Leadership Academy and the Freire Charter School and Science Leadership Academy charter schools. For a different education, you can check out the Wine School of Philadelphia.
4. NORTHxNORTHWEST – North Tower
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The North Tower is the newest property on the three-building campus of the NORTHxNORTHWEST apartment buildings, along with Northwest and Tru North, soaring over 2-acre Matthias Baldwin Park.
The North Tower units offer wide-plank floors throughout, walk-in closets and built-ins, backlit mirrors and porcelain tile flooring in the bathrooms, designer kitchens with quartz countertops and glass tile mosaic backsplashes and smart keyless entry.
The area of Spring Garden West in which NORTHxNORTHWEST lies is filled with a number of schools and colleges. Both Hussian College School of Art and the campus of the Community College of Philadelphia share the neighborhood.
Down the street is the Julia R. Masterman School magnet school, as is Benjamin Franklin High School. Specialty school Philadelphia Chinese Immersion Academy also shares the neighborhood.
3. The Apartments at The Windsor
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A landmark feature on the south end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Windsor is a distinctive semi-cylindrical 12-story building that also encompasses a hotel and furnished extended-stay suites.
The Windsor’s unfurnished studio and one-bedroom apartment units offer fully-equipped kitchens, newly-renovated bathrooms, wall-to-wall carpeting and private balconies overlooking the Parkway. Residents have access to the same amenities as hotel guests, including laundry facilities on every floor, 24-hour fitness center and 24-hour concierge.
With a location so close to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, the Barnes Foundation and the rest of the Parkway Museums, it’s no surprise that the surrounding area is a mecca for art schools. In this area, you’ll find the Moore College of Art & Design, the Hussian College School of Art, the Art Institute of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
As well, Strayer University, the Drexel University College of Nursing and Friends Select School are all literally just across the Parkway. And independent science education is available at the beloved The Franklin Institute.
2. The Alexander
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Towering 32 stories over the Vine Expressway and Logan Circle, the 380-foot high The Alexander is the tallest building in Philadelphia north of Center City. The Alexander offers almost 260 open-concept residences just off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with oversized windows, wood plank floors, espresso cabinetry, walk-in closets and private balconies.
Along the Vine Expressway corridor on which The Alexander sits is a hotbed of educational opportunities and facilities. The Drexel University College of Medicine shares its urban campus with the Hahnemann University Hospital, offering a plethora of medical programs.
Both Roman Catholic High School and J. W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School are in walking distance. And just over the other side of Vine is Moore College of Art & Design and Friends Select School.
1. Franklin Tower Residences
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Situated north of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on the edge of Philadelphia’s famed Museum District and those facilities educational contributions, it’s no surprise that Franklin Tower Residences come in at the top of the list of best Philly apartments for schools.
The stylish apartments feature hardwood flooring, wall-height convector-insulated windows, modern kitchens with granite countertops, under-mount sinks and a large breakfast bar and city-view balconies.
The area around Logan Square and Center City near The Franklin Tower is known for medical education, mostly thanks to the Drexel University College of Medicine and its associated Hahnemann University Hospital, just up Broad Street.
Additionally, the Pennsylvania College Podiatric Medicine and the internist organization American College of Physicians are both close by. Other neighboring specialty colleges include the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and business school Strayer University. For secondary education, the building is convenient to Commonwealth Charter Academy, Friends Select School and Roman Catholic High School.
We looked at all apartments in Philadelphia and rated them on the number of schools within a half-mile radius. We used an exponentially decreasing scale based on distance from the apartment. For instance, schools located across the street from a specific property would carry more weight than those a quarter-mile away. Our school counts come from commercially available business listings.
The rent information included in this article is based on January 2019 multifamily rental property inventory on ApartmentGuide.com and Rent.com and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein does not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.