The typical asking rate per listing is in the $10's per square foot per year. The University City region is going through a an increase in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate went up $2 per sqft per year. That's a 13% rise in rent.
In the last 90 days, 12 listings have been posted online, which means listings are probably leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet on the market, 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 close to 2 stories. Most buildings in this market 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 folk 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.