Most listings are in the $10's per square foot per year. The University City region is experiencing a an increase in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $2 per sqft per year. That's a 13% rise in rent.
In the last 90 days, 12 listings have come on the market, which means spaces most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 2,640 sqft, there are still 0 spaces below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this market are around 2 floors. Most buildings in this area were built in 1960 and are Class B.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Manufacturing is the dominant industry in this region. Most of the residents of University City work from home. Commuting under 5 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.