Philadelphia enriches the student experience here at Temple. Since many of our campuses, including Main Campus, are located in the city, it’s important for our students to educate themselves on what it means to live here by staying informed. Discovering resources in the area and getting to know the surrounding communities can help students adjust, learn and navigate the ins and outs of going to Temple and living in Philadelphia. 

Living in Philadelphia 

As a member of the Temple and North Philadelphia community, the university provides resources and support to help you acclimate to the neighborhood. One of the best resources are the residents who call North Philadelphia home. They know it better than anyone and provide suggestions on how to be a good neighbor.

Students can also find additional resources, support and videos on how to navigate city living. From apartment, bike and car safety to risk awareness and community living, our resources guide students on how to stay safe while getting the most out of living in Philadelphia.

Campus Safety 

Police Operations

The safety of our students and staff is a top priority. To protect the university community, Temple Police, our police force, monitors Main Campus. Our team of sworn officers have received state-mandated training at an accredited police academy. Students can find our officers on bikes, on foot and in vehicles every day. View the university’s Main Campus patrol map to see the police patrol area and the locations of our police stations.

Security Operations

Security officers, working in collaboration with Temple Police, provide an additional protective presence on campus. Our security division includes Temple security officers as well as security officers from a contracted security company. They coordinate personal safety and property protection in university buildings, including Temple-sponsored residence halls and locations throughout the community. Security also provides directions, responds to alerts and assists in loss prevention.

Task Force on Violence Reduction Strategies

In January 2022, President Wingard announced the establishment of the Task Force on Violence Reduction Strategies. The task force will keep key constituents, including parents and North Philadelphia residents, engaged in enhancing safety. The task force is one of many efforts designed to help elevate Temple’s anti-violence research and programs and to devise new solutions to help address Philadelphia’s gun violence epidemic.

Security and Fire Safety

Temple University’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains statistics, policies and procedures related to campus safety. You may request a copy of the report by calling Temple University’s Campus Safety Services at 215-204-7900. 

Getting Around 

As a student at Temple, you get to live on campus and take advantage of the opportunities offered in Philadelphia. Whether you’re walking to your home after a night class or taking the Broad Street Line back to campus, there are services and resources available to you to ensure you get home safely. 

SEPTA

Students can easily access the city through SEPTA, Philadelphia’s public transportation system. Several public buses, a subway and a regional rail line are all accessible to and from Main Campus. SEPTA is committed to providing a safe riding experience and environment for Temple students, members of the North Philadelphia community and beyond. 

As part of their effort to keep our community safe, SEPTA has environmental, health and safety professionals, and other authority employees on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep a watchful eye over the entire system. They have a team of SEPTA police officers who you may see in your station or even on your train—providing further security and protection for riders. 

SEPTA also has resources and tips to make your ride as safe as possible—including staying alert while waiting for your train, on-board behavior and emergency situation responses. Explore SEPTA resources below.

FLIGHT Shuttle Service

Those who are looking for transportation on or around campus at night are encouraged to use FLIGHT, Temple’s free, on-demand evening shuttle service. Any student, faculty or staff member with a valid OWLcard (the Temple University identification card) can use FLIGHT.

The service will operate seven days per week through the fall and spring semesters continuing during the fall, winter and spring breaks, except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Dec. 24–25), and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (Dec. 31–Jan. 1). For those days, we will operate the TECH Express.

TECH Express

To enhance student services during peak ridership times, FLIGHT works with the TECH Express service, which takes students from the 12th Street bus shelter, across from the TECH Center (between Polett Walk and Montgomery Avenue), to their residences on or off campus within the FLIGHT service area.

Students do not need to make a reservation for the TECH Express, which operates from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the academic year. Each student must present a valid OWLcard when boarding.

Other Campus Shuttle Services

In addition to FLIGHT, Temple offers additional shuttle services between Main Campus, Health Sciences Center and Ambler Campus. This shuttle service is intended to provide safe and reliable transportation for students, faculty and staff traveling between campuses. 

This service is available Monday to Friday during the fall and spring semesters. There is no service during the winter break and spring break periods or during the summer. Each person must present a valid Temple ID when boarding. View the intercampus bus schedule for the 2021–2022 academic year.

There is also a bus that connects Temple’s Ambler and Fort Washington campuses with the Ambler SEPTA Regional Rail station. It operates Monday to Friday and serves as another means to access Main Campus and Center City. View the Ambler shuttle and regional rail schedule

Parking on Campus

Temple’s campuses have several garages and parking lots available for students who have cars on campus. Our garages and lots are equipped with security cameras and personnel to ensure safety. See where you can find safe parking on our campuses

Walking Escorts

Temple’s security services offer a walking escort service for students who are on campus in the evening or early morning hours. Security bike officers are available daily from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. to accompany you to your desired location safely while maintaining communication with Temple Police. 

Temple students, faculty and staff can call the numbers below to request an escort. 

From a campus phone: 8-WALK (8-9255)
From a cell phone: 215-777-9255 

Campus Safety by Design

Temple cultivates safety on our campus and in our community by strategically evaluating the design of our campus and incorporating prevention initiatives to avoid potential safety hazards, including 

  • a campuswide camera system,
  • code blue emergency phones placed throughout the campus,
  • high-intensity lighting on walkways,
  • landscaping shrubbery to reduce hidden spaces, and
  • various locations to obtain assistance or file a report.

Campus Safety Station Locations

Emergency Preparedness 

Emergency situations can arise at any time. Temple has a comprehensive plan in place for organizing, coordinating and directing available resources toward the management of an emergency. Learn more about Temple’s emergency planning division.

Campus Safety Trainings 

Temple offers different types of training to help prepare students, faculty and staff for unexpected events.