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Old 03-18-2007, 08:40 AM
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Hi, I'm a 23 yr old female who's been living out of the country for over 4 years and now am planning to return to the States this fall to attend Temple University. I'm in the process of making my decision where to go... with University of Maryland in mind also.
I've never been to Philadelphia but heard so many good things about the city and about Temple U. But at the same time.... I heard that the neighborhood is very rough. After hearing this, I am kind of afraid to go to school there. When I first get there, I will need to get a part time job and find a place to live. I won't have enough funds to get myself a car for a while... For the first year or so I was planning to live in the dorms... is it still not safe?? Could someone please tell me about the conditions of the city in details? and if it'll be possible for me to get by without a car and attend Temple by living in the dormitory?? Please help! Thank you!!!
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Old 03-18-2007, 09:58 AM
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Epune - Temple is a great school and Philly is a great city. However, the school is not in the best area. You are fine living in a dorm on campus, but if you are going to be working and taking public transportation (very convenient to the school) at night, I would not recommend you live there. I would suggest you look for a small studio apt. in Center City. It's convenient, safe and where you would probably want to spend your free time and where you would most likely find a job. Check out craigslist for apts.
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Old 03-18-2007, 07:09 PM
Location: Lancaster County, PA
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Don't let the crime rate discourage you from attending school in Philadelphia; they have some of the best universities in the country, and unfortunately, most are in rough neighorhoods. Public transportation is still pretty good in the city. If you keep your guard up and use common sense you'll do okay. Newmarlig's suggestion of a small apartment in center city is great; the Broad Street subway will drop you off at Temple's campus. There always seems to be alot of riders on that line and plenty of SEPTA police on patrol on the trains and in the stations. Temple has very good security as well.
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Old 03-19-2007, 08:08 PM
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Yes I agree. Temple is a great school, I would recommend going there. Philly is also a great city. I used to take my dog and run on Kelly drive. You are going to enjoy living there.
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Old 03-20-2007, 04:13 PM
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Temple Is A Great School But The Area Really Stinks. It Is Not Really Safe But Temple Has A Lot Of Security. Drexel Or Penn Would Be Better B/c There Are So Many Nice Areas That You Can Walk Around And Feel Pretty Saf. I Know Everting About That Area B/c I Grew Up In It. University City Is A Great Place For Young College Transplants.
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Old 03-20-2007, 07:19 PM
Location: Plymouth & Nanticoke
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I want to Temple-U, it's fine during the day, but plan on being accosted for money by homeless daily, and never go anywhere at night. Shootings are commonplace in that area, as are muggings, rapes, carjackings and drug dealing. don't keep a lot of cash on you, walk fast, and get out of there by 6:00 and you should be fine
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Old 03-20-2007, 10:52 PM
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I'll have to consider a bit more before making any final decisions. Thank you all!!
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Old 03-21-2007, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by epune02 View Post
I'll have to consider a bit more before making any final decisions. Thank you all!!

Don't be scared by the fact that Temple is not in a good neighborhood. It is an excellent school, and has a large student body. You will be fine taking public transportation to and from the school
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Old 03-21-2007, 01:44 PM
Location: FL
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I too graduated from Temple. Whatever classes I could take AWAY from the downtown campus I did, and took them at a different campus in Ambler, PA. Mostly because of the traffic, but partly because of the environment I was in. I drove there, and I would keep my windows unrolled until a certain point...and you sure will know when to roll them up and check your doors. The neighborhood is crap. I had to travel it for school, and then when I received a teaching job, it was at a school in the same neighborhood. If you stick to the campus during the day, you'll be fine. But you can't travel out at night, especially since you'll be walking and public tranportationing it (yes, new word!). It wouldn't be too sensible to do so.

School is good. Neighborhood is bad. Just don't take any night classes, and you should be ok.
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Old 10-08-2008, 02:26 PM
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Default i went to school there

and worked security part-time. Both Temple and the neighborhood have vastly improved. The main campus now features a movie theater, restaurants and the like. More people than ever are now oncampus. TU's campus is actually kind of hip. I will say that both TU, UCity and Center City all require common sense. Don't carry wads of cash, don't wear fancy jewelry. Try to travel with other people especially at night. Philly suffers from typical big city crime. If an area or a person looks bad, they probably are. Watch your back when using ATM machines. All that being said, Temple is actually safer than most of the city due to the large security force. There are about 160 police and 400 security guards working there. I also hear that many cameras are now in place. If you rent, get a place where there are other university people living. TU security will patrol those areas.
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