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Old 12-19-2014, 07:40 AM
 
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I'm having a hell of a time trying to find a good location to live in order to attend University of Philadelphia.

I have a 7 year old son, so I want to be in a good area for him to attend school as well as a location near the things we like too do such as restaurants, shopping, movies etc. I looked into Harrisburg but then realized that drive would be horrible. I have no idea I found one condo in Clayton nj but its ok. Can someone give any suggestions this is stressing me out!!! Thanks
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Old 12-19-2014, 08:35 AM
 
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I'm having a hell of a time trying to find a good location to live in order to attend University of Philadelphia.

I have a 7 year old son, so I want to be in a good area for him to attend school as well as a location near the things we like too do such as restaurants, shopping, movies etc. I looked into Harrisburg but then realized that drive would be horrible. I have no idea I found one condo in Clayton nj but its ok. Can someone give any suggestions this is stressing me out!!! Thanks
Clayton is not a town that I have ever recommended. What's you're housing budget? I assume that you're looking for a rental.

Are you planning to attend University of Pennsylvania or Philadelphia University? They are not the same place.
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Old 12-19-2014, 11:56 AM
 
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Whether you're attending Philly U. or UPenn, Collingswood would be my first reccomendation. School's aren't too bad, housing isn't terribly expensive, safety isn't an issue, the population is diverse (by SJ standards at least) and you can take mass transit to access either school.
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Old 12-19-2014, 07:39 PM
 
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Whether you're attending Philly U. or UPenn, Collingswood would be my first reccomendation. School's aren't too bad, housing isn't terribly expensive, safety isn't an issue, the population is diverse (by SJ standards at least) and you can take mass transit to access either school.
I wouldn't commute to Philadelphia University from New Jersey. Either PA or NJ is fine for UPenn.
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Old 12-19-2014, 11:11 PM
 
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I wouldn't commute to Philadelphia University from New Jersey. Either PA or NJ is fine for UPenn.
Ugh, I realized I was thinking of the community college. Yeah philly U would require switching to SEPTA and riding up to East Falls.
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Old 12-24-2014, 10:47 AM
 
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Collingswood for proximity and school, 100%. Clayton is definitely a bad choice from proximity to low school district.
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Old 12-28-2014, 05:22 AM
 
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I went to school and worked in Philly. I suggest you ask Penn for ideas. Personally I would want to be as close as possible. And if you want farther out figure out the trains. I know a lot of the staff at the hospitals in Philly use the trains to get in. I lived in both Swarthmore and Media for a while, both were family friendly and very nice.
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Old 01-01-2015, 06:40 PM
 
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I live near Clayton and teach at UPenn. You do NOT want to live in Clayton if you want good schools. Enough said. Collingswood is a good choice, but if you're going to take mass transit into the city, you'll need to take PATCO in NJ and then switch over to the Market-Frankford El in Philly. From my part of South Jersey (and this would go for Clayton, too), it isn't feasible to take PATCO. By the time I drive to the closest station, I can almost be at Penn.

You will need to consider traffic if you are planning to drive. On a good day when traffic is moving normally, I can leave my house and be parking my car in 35 minutes. (That would be considerably shorter from a place like Collingswood.) On a bad day when there is an accident on the Schulykill Expressway (I-76), that commute can turn into an hour-plus nightmare. And forget driving home on Fridays in the summer. I teach a class that ends at 3 PM on Fridays in the summer, and it has, on more than one occasion, taken me 2 hours to get home. An hour-plus is normal.

The suggestion to look at the Philly suburbs in Pennsylvania is also a good one. If you go to that forum, you should get plenty of suggestions. Good luck at Penn!
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:46 PM
 
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Like others have said, the difference between Philadelphia University and the University of Pennsylvania is huge when considering commuting, so clear that up for us. I'm from New Jersey, and currently live right over the Ben Franklin in Center City Philadelphia.

If you're going to Philly U, driving is your best option. I drive to the campus three or four times a week, it takes me about 15 to 20 minutes each way from my apartment. Parking is tough on campus, but there's actually free parking near dorms a little bit off campus with busses that run to main campus all day and night. It's about a two minute ride.

UPenn is in a heavily urbanized section of west Philly, directly adjacent to center city. The subway stops in the neighborhood, and you could catch a patco train from Jersey and get there no problem.

Everyone will give you suggestions to look at in the suburbs directly outside Philly, which is great, but also look at places like Medford/Marlton/Evesham along 70 and Hammonton/Berlin along 30. Some of the commutes will be longer, but they're cheaper, and quieter if that's what you're looking for.
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