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Visit the About the Area page that prospective students can view - it’s just as useful for you too! 

Living in the Philadelphia Area

We are located only 25 miles from the city of Philadelphia, and public transportation is available. There are a number of things to do while in the city. Don’t forget to check out the visitor center for must see places and must do activities. 

The King of Prussia Mall is located only 15 minutes away, and has over 400 stores and restaurants. In the opposite direction, but again only 15 minutes away, is the Philadelphia Premium Outlets, which is home to many more stores, and always has great discounts and deals. 

Closer to Home 

Collegeville offers a number of options for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Visit the Collegeville Economic Development Corporation website to see what is happening locally.

The Marketplace at Collegeville Shopping Center is located on Route 29 just minutes away and features a Redner’s Warehouse Market, the state Wine and Spirits store, cleaners, Great Clips for Hair, and a variety of restaurants, including the closest Mexican restaurant, Tortuga’s. Just past this shopping center is a CVS pharmacy located at the intersection of Route 29 and Park Ave. 

The Providence Town Center is located just 10 minutes away (past the Marketplace Shopping Center) and is full of great places to shop, dine, and enjoy some time with friends (including: DSW, Best Buy, Staples, Home Goods, Wegmans, the Movie Tavern - which is a movie theater as well as full service restaurant, Olive Garden, P.F. Changs, and many more). 

Heading in the opposite direction down main street will send you towards the Trappe Shopping Center at 1st Avenue and Main Street in Trappe. This shopping center houses a Dollar Tree, cleaners, and other various shops. 

Continuing away from Campus at the intersection of Ridge Pike and Township Line Road you will find a large shopping center with a Giant, Target, A.C. Moore Arts and Crafts, and many more. 

For a local, downtown and intimate shopping experience, try Phoenixville (south on Route 29) or Skippack (north on Route 113) for gifts, furnishings, antiques, specialty foods, restaurants, and bars. Downtown Phoenixville also houses the infamous Colonial Theatre which opened its doors in 1903. The theater features a reenactment of a scene from the 1958 science fiction classic, The Blob.

Grocery Stores 

Trader Joe’s is located 20 minutes away in Wayne (Route 422 and Route 29 in Gateway Shopping Center). 

Whole Foods Market is located 25 minutes away in Devon (on Lancaster Avenue/Route 30).

Local health food store, Kimberton Whole Foods is located 20 minutes away in Kimberton (Route 113) 

Wegmans, located on Route 29, is housed in the Providence Towne Center.


Collegeville features quite a few options for every price range. Each of the shopping centers listed above has a Chinese restaurant and pizza and sandwich restaurant that features takeout and dine-in service; opinions will vary on which of these is the best.

Other more informal options include McDonald’s and Subway in the Collegeville Shopping Center, Dunkin’ Donuts and Wendy’s in the Marketplace. Also, do not ignore Wawa on South Collegeville Road—more than a convenience store, Wawa holds a special place in the hearts of many who would argue their sandwiches are the best around.

Also along Main Street you’ll find more dining options: DaVinci’s Pub and the Collegeville Diner. Next door to the diner in the Collegeville Station is Bonjung, arguably Collegeville’s best restaurant, offering Japanese and Korean fare. Shagun, an Indian restaurant, and Thai Basil Bistro, a Thai restaurant, are both located in the Collegeville Shopping Center just minutes away from Campus. 

For those of you who consider coffee as food, the nearest places for good coffee are Steel City Coffee House, Artisan Gallery & Cafe, and Soltane Breads and Spreads, all located in Phoenixville. Additionally, a Dunkin Donuts is located on Route 29 near Park Ave, and for all of the Starbucks-lovers, there are outposts in the Providence Town Center, Royersford, and on Egypt Road in Trooper.

For fine dining to celebrate your move, consider Majolica or a host of other options in Phoenixville.