Grad Visa Hotspots: Philadelphia USA

Considering living the dream on the USIT One Year Grad Visa but not sure which city is right for you? Check out some of the many reasons to kickstart your career in Philadelphia. 

Lifestyle

Philadelphia provides small-town vibes in the midst of a buzzing city. The city’s immigrant population shapes its culture and lifestyle as well as its deep historical roots that reach back to the founding of the USA. This can be seen in its diverse culinary offerings, in a city that places as much emphasis on work as it does on community spirit and leisure.

Philadelphia Eagles

There is a strong Irish presence in Philly and any fans of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will know. You won’t find the actual Paddy’s Pub (it’s in L.A.) but you will find plenty of Irish bars with plenty of craic on tap. If this is your first time living away from Ireland, Philly might be a great fit.

Accommodation

For Grads looking for accommodation in Philadelphia, there are a number of places you can research. If you are looking for a cheap place to live during your stay, you should look at neighbourhoods such as Richmond, Eastwick, and Oak Lane.

Cool Neighbourhoods

Philadelphia is an area that is bursting with culture, and there are many neighbourhoods that show this. One of these areas is a neighbourhood called Manayunk which is a 20-minute train ride or drive from the centre of Philadelphia. You can find plenty of bars and clubs, coffee shops, boutique stores, art galleries and much more in this neighbourhood.

Fishtown is another neighbourhood a Grad visa student may be interested in living as it is quite a hipster vibe city with plenty of young people living there. It is also just a 20-minute subway ride to the city centre. It is known for having a thriving music scene and excellent coffee! Other areas you could research are Old City, Ardmore, and Fairmount.

Philadelphia USA

Jobs

Philadelphia is a city that is constantly growing and progressing when it comes to its job opportunities.

No matter what your degree is in, there are many opportunities for a recent graduate to find an internship in their field of study.  Philadelphia is known for its fast-growing jobs in industries such as marketing internships, survey researchers, business analysts, and many more.

When searching for jobs, it is important to use job sites like indeed.com, internship.com and most importantly LinkedIn.

Nightlife

When it comes to nightlife in Philadelphia, there is definitely something for everyone! From dancing and dining in Old City to enjoying some swing and jazz music in Northern Liberties. Philadelphia is also known for hosting large concert events at the Wells Fargo Center, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and the picturesque Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Parkway stretches from City Hall to the Museum of Art and hosts many large outdoor concerts and includes some of the most popular attractions in Philadelphia!

Making Friends 

We recommend finding a local Irish pub to make friends at, first. Once they hear you’re actually from Ireland, it won’t be hard to make friends. But try to branch out and experience the various different cultures Philly has to offer. You can start by having your first Philly Cheesesteak, the citie’s most iconic meal.

Philadelphia Skyline

Transport

Philadelphia has become one of the most bike-friendly cities in the US, with designated bike lanes and a growing number of bicycle commuters as a result. Therefore, investing in a bike to get to and from your internship may be a good idea to save money on public transport every day.

Philadelphia has an excellent Transit System and is probably the best way to get around town. Called SEPTA, it is one of the most comprehensive bus/subway/commuter rail systems in the US.  It’s also just a 2-hour train journey to New York City so if you base yourself in Philly it’s so worth a day trip to NYC.

Events

With such a strong Irish presence in Philly, you need to go all out for St. Patrick’s Day. Sure, you may be called a leprechaun but we say embrace that because Americans will love it and you will undoubtedly be the belle of the ball.

Philly is also known for it’s Labor Day celebrations so expect lots of cool block parties and barbeques to celebrate the national holiday.

Philadelphia skyscrapers

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