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How to find community in Philadelphia


There’s nothing truly easy about moving to a new city. Packing is a pain, squeezing a moving truck through tight city streets can be downright nightmarish, and once you’re unpacked and moved in you still have to set up utilities and WiFi, and when all is said and done a whole new challenge arises: meeting new people.

Enter Common — thoughtfully designed coliving homes equipped with fully-furnished shared spaces that are also all-inclusive. Utilities, WiFi, and amenities like on-site laundry and fitness centers are bundled into one attainable rate. Our Philadelphia homes, Common Frankford, Common at Broadridge, and Common Civic are equipped with community spaces where Common-sponsored events are regularly held–the perfect opportunity to connect with like-minded members. Here are some other tried-and-true ways to find community in the City of Brotherly Love.

Bond at Brenda’s

An undisputed Fishtown mainstay, Johnny Brenda’s is where Philadelphians gather for bites and beats, and is one of the best places for Philly newbies to meet lifelong friends. Despite the decibel level, concerts provide a great opportunity to bond with people who share common interests — whether it’s in a band, a genre, or even a podcast. Johnny Brenda’s is just a five minute walk from Common Frankford and the venue’s fall lineup of affordably-priced shows is stacked, so Common members should be sure to catch a show (or two).

Hit the courts

For athletes and hobbyists alike, a game of pickup basketball or a friendly handball match is a great way to meet new people while also getting an awesome workout. The Marian Anderson Recreation Center is home to over three acres of recreation space — including basketball courts, a baseball field, and a pool — giving Philadelphia residents a number of options for some low-stakes fun. Lace up your sneakers, do all your stretches, and put yourself out there! Worst case scenario: you’ll still break a sweat and get a tan out of it.

Get literary

A truly great bookstore that attracts aspiring poets, literary scholars, and people that just enjoy that distinct book smell seems like it might only exist in 90’s movies, but Philadelphia’s Big Blue Marble is evidence that spaces like this exist in the real world, too. Calling the artist/activist-rich neighborhood of Mt. Airy home for nearly 20 years, Big Blue Marble regularly hosts author events which often turn into open conversations about social responsibility. Finding community and diversifying your worldview, all at one super cool bookstore? Sounds pretty great to us!

Coliving + community

With Common, members can find community without leaving their building. In fact, shared spaces designed to bring people together (like Common at Broadridge’s bocce court) and frequent Common-sponsored events make living at Common one of the best ways to find community in Philadelphia. No matter your interests, background, or identity, there’s community to be found at Common.

Common doesn’t just make life easier during the moving process–it eases many of the pains associated with a new city so you can focus on enjoying your new environment. Discover our Philadelphia homes, and see why members love the community they’ve found at Common.

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