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Old 04-15-2014, 10:35 AM
 
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Hi Everyone! I'm moving to Philadelphia in August to start grad school at La Salle University! I currently live about 8 hours away from Philly so I'm trying to do most of my apartment hunting online but I'm overwhelmed with trying to figure out which neighborhoods are the safest but not super expensive. I will be taking all evening classes and hopefully find a part-time job during the day. I'm a young female so safety is important to me when choosing an area but I am also going to be living on a very tight budget. I don't mind traveling into the city for entertainment, I would rather be closer to the school or my job, grocery stores, a (safe) place to walk/run. I would like to live in an area with other young (20s-30s) people who are studying/working, but definitely not a college party area. What neighborhoods do you recommend and what should I be expecting to pay in rent? Any advice/suggestions at all would be very helpful!
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:17 AM
 
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For LaSalle? Probably Manayunk
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:25 AM
 
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For LaSalle? Probably Manayunk
Manayunk isn't a bad suggestion, with the caveat that it's a post-grad party environment.

If you want somewhere quiet and would like to save more in rent, Roxborough, East Falls, or West Mt. Airy might be good options.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:27 AM
 
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east mt airy. 18 bus to lasalle and subway, quiet , cheap , train to the city. manayunk , east falls , roxborough are decent options as well but probably more expensive
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:46 PM
 
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east mt airy. 18 bus to lasalle and subway, quiet , cheap , train to the city. manayunk , east falls , roxborough are decent options as well but probably more expensive
East Mt. Airy can get a bit dicey in parts. East Falls, Roxborough, and West Mt. Airy are probably right in the middle of Manayunk/East Mt. Airy in terms of price.
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:09 AM
 
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East Mt. Airy can get a bit dicey in parts. East Falls, Roxborough, and West Mt. Airy are probably right in the middle of Manayunk/East Mt. Airy in terms of price.
Much of East Mt Airy isn't dicey and it is very conveniently located in relation to LaSalle. What the OP could do if she looks in EMA is to limit her search to to rentals from Vernon Rd northward.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:17 PM
 
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I am living in Manayunk and it is awesome. The most crime we have are drunk people leaving trash sometimes. Maybe some thefts but overall it is very safe and neighbors look out for one another.
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:50 AM
 
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East Mt. Airy can get a bit dicey in parts. East Falls, Roxborough, and West Mt. Airy are probably right in the middle of Manayunk/East Mt. Airy in terms of price.
what parts are dicey?
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:34 AM
 
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what parts are dicey?
Some blocks between Chew and Germantown Ave closer to Germantown, but otherwise EMA is a great neighborhood albeit pretty sleepy. I think the dicey parts look much worse than they are.

I agree with your post tho-the 18 Bus is very quick as Chew turns into Olney Ave. It would also be an easy bike commute.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:23 AM
 
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Some blocks between Chew and Germantown Ave closer to Germantown, but otherwise EMA is a great neighborhood albeit pretty sleepy. I think the dicey parts look much worse than they are.
That's probably fair. I was helping a friend look for apartments in Chestnut Hill/Mt. Airy (convenient to the Chestnut Hill West Line) and we were a bit turned off by Mt. Airy's Germantown Avenue corridor. It didn't feel in any way dangerous, but at the same time, we didn't think aggressive panhandlers hanging outside the Wawa in an outer-lying city neighborhood during the day were the best sign, either. Chestnut Hill has more going on anyway.

On the other hand, we went to nearby Earth Bread & Brewery the other night, and it was fantastic.
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