I went to Temple for one semester (undergrad). It is located in center city in Philly. It is located in a not so great area to be honest. I would walk out of the Bursar's office and get asked for money by homeless men there. Philly is a great city but it really wasn't for me, I felt they have an out of control crime problem (much like many big cities) but there isn't much being done about it; or the effort they ARE making still didn't make me feel any safer. I am from New Jersey and no country bumpkin, and I have been to NYC on many occasions, I even did an internship there at CNN and to be honest I felt much safer there than I did on a daily basis in Philly. To make matters worse, I did not get along with my female roommates, I felt they didn't match us together at all -- just throw you in with someone. I went through the nesscary hurdles of trying to get new roomies and really felt my complaints fell on deaf ears with the residence life staff because there are just too many undergrad students to get everyone's complaints heard in a timely fashion, it seemed. They placed me in a building, as a freshman, so far from main campus I had to take a 10-15 min. shuttle ride to get back to main campus each day. I was living in a building (a nice one though) where one floor belonged to Temple and filled with other students, whereas the next floor would be regular folks, renting an apartment, working each day and had no association with the university. I transferred to a smaller school in New Jersey and had a better experience, I graduated last Spring with a BA in Communications. As for the actual Temple U, it was a GREAT learning institution. It is surrounded by a lot of culture and experiences away from the campus, if you can find a way to fit into the vibe of the city and the university you will do well there. So you have to weigh what's important to you; Philly is a very "raw" city and it didn't fit me well, maybe you will fair much better there
Good luck to you.