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Old 11-11-2007, 10:25 AM
 
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I will be moving to Philadelphia next yr as i will be starting school at Penn Dental school in April.I have a 1 yr old kid and my spouse will be moving in only later.
I am looking for a 1 bedroom apartment close to public transportation and my most important criteria is that the area should be safe.
My mom will be staying with me to take care of my son when I am at school and I want both of them to feel secure.
Some ppl r telling me that I should stay really close to school becos I will be close to grocery,shopping and that even if classes get over late, it will be just a few mins walk home.
On the other hand, some are scaring me saying that with a kid I should not live in downtown becos crime is really bad.
I have just been there once for the interview and have no idea about the place.
A friend suggested an area called Main Line..Does anybody know of a good apartment,reasonable rent and close to public transportation?
Also I am planning a trip to Philadelphia in a couple of weeks just to check out the area....
Any suggestion will be welcome.
Thank you!
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Old 11-11-2007, 12:06 PM
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The "Main Line" refers to a relatively affluent suburban area to the west of Philadelphia. This is NOT somewhere you'd want to pursue as a college student in Center City Philadelphia, unless you plan to commute back and forth everyday from the suburbs using SEPTA.

I don't know who told you that Downtown was unsafe, but they truly haven't been to the city lately. The University of Pennsylvania lies just to the west of Center City in a safe neighborhood. It is an easy walk between campus and Center City. Rents in Center City will likely be the highest around, since this is where most of the "action" has been as of late in terms of real estate development in the city, so I'd check into living very near to campus.
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Old 11-11-2007, 01:09 PM
 
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Thanks for the reply.Any suggestions of good apartments near 40th & locust??
I heard some apts r in pretty bad shape with rodents and cockroaches!!
What abt Rittenhouse square area? Its close to Penn..is the area safe?
Thanks!
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Old 11-11-2007, 01:13 PM
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Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Thanks for the reply.Any suggestions of good apartments near 40th & locust??
I heard some apts r in pretty bad shape with rodents and cockroaches!!
What abt Rittenhouse square area? Its close to Penn..is the area safe?
Thanks!
Well I personally live two hours north of the city near Scranton, but I've been in the city on a number of occasions to get a good "feel" for the neighborhoods in and around downtown. Folks like Rainrock, Duderino, newmarlig, StuckPA, etc. should be able to steer you in a better direction as far as individual apartment buildings. I'm considering the University of PA myself to pursue graduate studies at the Wharton School of Business, so perhaps we'll be neighbors in 2009? Best of luck!
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Old 11-11-2007, 02:03 PM
 
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The Rittenhouse Square area is safe. It is right in center city. You can walk to Penn or take the 21 bus. Check out Craigslist for apartments in that area.
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Old 11-12-2007, 08:21 AM
 
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Thanks! Best of luck to u too! My hubby is planning to pursue his MBA at Wharton too..not sure when but who knows..u guys might jus be classmates!!

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Well I personally live two hours north of the city near Scranton, but I've been in the city on a number of occasions to get a good "feel" for the neighborhoods in and around downtown. Folks like Rainrock, Duderino, newmarlig, StuckPA, etc. should be able to steer you in a better direction as far as individual apartment buildings. I'm considering the University of PA myself to pursue graduate studies at the Wharton School of Business, so perhaps we'll be neighbors in 2009? Best of luck!
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Old 11-12-2007, 08:22 AM
 
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Thanks newmarlig...if u or anyone else can lemme know which individual apartment is good or atleast the pros and cons....it will be of grt help.
thanks again!

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The Rittenhouse Square area is safe. It is right in center city. You can walk to Penn or take the 21 bus. Check out Craigslist for apartments in that area.
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Old 11-12-2007, 01:51 PM
 
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Check craigslist.
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Old 11-12-2007, 04:07 PM
 
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Check this link as well on Wednesday. It would be good if you could actually be in the city and able to check out the apartments on a Wednesday, because that's the day the paper comes out and the apartments can go fast.


philadelphia weekly online - philadelphia's source for dining, real estate, art, music and alternative news
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Old 11-12-2007, 04:53 PM
 
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thank you!
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