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Old 11-08-2010, 04:51 PM
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Hi everyone- I am a senior at Villanova and next year will be working at Deloitte on Market St. Even going to school in the surrounding area, I don't really know that much about Philadelphia. I am looking for a safe area, but I would like to meet and be around people my age (single early-mid 20's) I hear a lot about Manayunk, but have also heard about center city. What's the difference and which is "better"?

I also don't know about roomates yet...I would like one but don't have any options yet...so factor that out...Willing to pay up to $1200/mo but obviously, cheaper the better.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:25 PM
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I would say definitely look in center city. It will be much more convenient - you won't need a car. Also look in Queen Village and Bella Vista - both are a bit south of center city, but very accessible.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:14 AM
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I agree Queen Village and Bella Vista are great choices. Northern Liberties is also an option.
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Old 11-09-2010, 02:27 PM
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Look in Old City and Wash Sq West. You should be able to find something in your price range and there's plenty of singles in your age range. Manayunk is also good, but its going to be 15 minutes from Center City and you can take the train in for work. So, you'll be getting something a bit different than what you would in Center City, but still plenty of singles in your age range with places to go to nearby. Both areas have their advantages, you just need to decide which one seems more you.
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Old 11-09-2010, 02:57 PM
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If you don't want roommate. $1200-$1300 should get you in around Washington square area.
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:03 PM
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bella vista, my husband lived there before we were married and moved to NJ and I have nothing but nice things to say about the area, and I have anxiety disorder, so it's a tall order for me!!
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:33 AM
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Basically your budget - assuming you're not including utilities - will likely get you all but the most top-shelf 1BRs in Center City. Splitting equally with a roommate would probably get you some amazing units, even on Rittenhouse Square.

Manayunk would make sense if you had business out in the 'burbs but you wanted convenient, walkable nightlife after hours.
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:07 PM
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There's a good discussion of Manayunk vs. Conshohocken here. To add Center City into the mix, I'd say definitely Center City over Manayunk based on what you said. If you want what can resemble a fraternity row bar night, then that's Manayunk on Fri and Sat nights.

Also, I'd ask, is your job at Deloitt one where you will be working from the CC office all the time, or will you be traveling all the time? Many jobs with organizations like Deloitt involve heavy travel (Mon-Thu every week), and if this is the case, being close to your office is much less relevant, you really need easy access to an airport (if you fly), or rental cars (if the travel is 'drive to'). Center city access to the PHL airport is very good, Septa's Airport Line (formerly R1 line) and taxi.
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Old 11-16-2010, 12:29 PM
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I would def recommend Old City or Wash Sq West
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