The Summit at University City

Developed in partnership with Drexel University and American Campus Communities, this 1,315-bed, 24-story tower blends the principles of high-rise design with the unique needs of student residents.


American Campus Communities, Drexel University


Philadelphia, PA


585,000 SF

19,000 SF Retail


2017 NAHB Multifamily Pillars of the Industry – Best Student Housing Rental Apartment Community

2016 Urban Land Institute Philadelphia – Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Award for Excellence

SCB drew from the firm’s extensive experience in the high-rise residential market to design efficient floor plans that maximize views to the city and campus and incorporate a variety of 2-4 bedroom apartment and suite style units. The building responds to the character of the adjacent Powelton Village neighborhood with a low-rise retail storefront base that enhances the pedestrian experience on Lancaster Avenue, while rising to a tower in relation to the higher density University City towards campus. The design team sought to activate the ground level of the building, emphasizing community spaces including a lobby lounge connected to a Starbucks, recreation and fitness center, theatre, cyber lounge, group study rooms, and business and mail center. Sixthriver Architects provided interior design services for the residence hall.


As an addition to both the university campus and the greater University City neighborhood, ACC and Drexel recognized that the building should provide amenities to students and members of the broader community alike. To address that need, the building offers Urban Eatery, a full service dining facility that is open to the public.

Urban Eatery features a variety of dining options including numerous themed eateries and a late night grab and go café. With the iconic dining pavilion and an engaging entry plaza, The Summit is a new hub of student life within University City.

“We have worked with SCB on student housing projects across the country and are consistently impressed with their ability to balance institutional goals with development objectives. They are specialists in creating innovative living environments and pioneering inventive residential solutions. The Summit at Drexel University is no exception. Its design is modern, dynamic and exciting and the response has been overwhelming from the University community as well as the city. We’re looking forward to our next project with SCB.”

-Jason Wills, Senior Vice President, On-Campus Development, American Campus Communities