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Temple / Re: Laptops
« on: June 04, 2007, 07:25:36 PM »
wooshi> use Bootcamp to boot into windows when you have to take the exam. Macs will work just fine for everything else.

I could have sworn the temple accepted students site said that it wouldn't support windows on macs for exams. I guess I'll have to call and double check because I'd really love to keep mine.

as long as you have a car, parts of east falls aren't bad, not great, but def. livable.

if you are seriously considering the area make sure to do quite a bit of driving around your potential neighborhood to decide if it works for you b/c If I remember correctly east falls varies alot with some small pockets being niceish and some being pretty crappy (though that can be said for lots of philly neighborhoods.)

Temple / Re: Laptops
« on: May 23, 2007, 07:31:26 PM »
I'm a current Temple Law student. STAY W/ XP!!!!!!!  A friend had to buy a laptop in the middle of the Spring semester and Vista was incompatible w/ large portions of the schools wireless network AND examsoft.  I'm pretty sure that Dell (maybe others) still offers to build machines w/ XP if you ask.

do you know if one would have to call dell to do that? I was just on the website and unless I'm a bit stupid (an entirely possible thing btw) there was no xp option when I went to make my laptop.

I'm just really pissed about not being able to use my mac though. I just got this thing last fall.....  >:(

Temple / Re: Temple Class of 2010 (entering in Fall 2007)
« on: May 23, 2007, 07:29:22 PM »
Besides, the food is better and cheaper in S Philly--Cheesesteaks, Italian BYOBS, and Korean BBQ.

Not to mention the best authentic Mexican food in the city:  La Lupe, Taqueria Veracruzana, and Plaza Garibaldi

no way! the best mex. food in the city (though slightly gentrified mex food) is los catrines aka tequila's philly at 17th and locust, I could practically move in there I love it so much.

speaking of yummy south philly food- italian market area is actually doing their version of restaurant week (for those of you non philly folks restaurant week is when lots of the nice restaurants in the city offer $30 a person price fixed 3 course menus) it started last friday I think so it should still be going on for a day or two.

Temple / Re: philly inquirer article about starting law salaries
« on: May 17, 2007, 09:59:13 AM »
Honestly, what surprised me was that the article mentioned the average temple grad only has $60k in law school debt- I thought that number would be a bit higher. I know that I am expecting to have to take out a bit more that that, though I am planning on studying abroad part of my 1st summer so that adds almost 10k to the overall debt (eep!)

I don't expect to make over 100k my first year, though it would be fabulous, but I do plan/hope to make in the 80-100k range. I think thats relatively reasonable if I manage to stay on the top 1/3 or so of the class.

at my previous job I recieved a lot of young lawyer applicants applying for residency in the building and most made in the 70-110 range- I think almost all of them were temple grads. The only ones I remember making in the 130's + had gone to harvard/penn/etc. so I definetly agree that we shouldn't be expecting to be making that kind of money.

Temple / philly inquirer article about starting law salaries
« on: May 17, 2007, 09:10:23 AM »

mentions temple quite a bit, thought it might interest some of you.

well I guess I am alone in being totally unwilling to live in the suburbs, lol....

if you are willing to have roomates you should have a hard time finding something for $600ish a month per person somewhere in center city either.

i just did a quick searchy for three+ bedrooms on craigslist and found a a fair amount of stuff (quite a bit of it in manayunk though.)

the one I posted a link to below is super cheap, no idea what shape its in inside though, but I do know a lot of people who rented from that company while I was at drexel and their apartments, while not great, were totally liveable:

Temple / Re: Temple Class of 2010 (entering in Fall 2007)
« on: May 09, 2007, 08:02:45 PM »
for those out of towners moving to philly.. keep in mind if you are far enough away from temple that you need to take regional rail to get there, then expect to pay for a cab ($20-30+) after midnight if you want to get home

ya but if you live in center city you will have to take a bus/cab anyway since the subway stops running at midnight. granted its cheaper than getting to the outlying areas of the city/suburbs via cab, but still somewhat of a pain in the ass.

sort of related: those living in center city may want to look into a Jenkins law library membership if they don't want to hang out on at the campus library on the weekends/when they don't have class (though I don't think they are open late into the evening.)- its at like 8th and chestnut and about $20-25 a year and the hours are decent- they were really good this past year because they stayed open late to let drexel law use the facility, butI don't think the late hours will extend to next year though as drexel's library is supposed to be up and running at this point. I got a membership this past year when I took a paralegal real estate law class for the hell of it and found the libary to be pretty extensive and nice, I'm def. going to renew my membership so I can just go there if I have reading/work to do on the weekend rather than trek it out to temple's campus.

Temple / Re: Temple Class of 2010 (entering in Fall 2007)
« on: May 06, 2007, 09:21:30 PM »

in that neighborhood it is actually quite cheap, a one bd around there will easily go for $1300 and up- you can do a bit better in art museum and wash sq. west but not much, I would really consider the average cheap studio to be around $700-900, cheap one bd to be from $850-1100, two bds can be found between $1150-1400.

you're going to have a hard time getting anything cheaper than that right now, imo.

I've worked at two buildings in the past two years (one in chinatown and one in center city)_ neither luxury, though one tried to market itself as such, and rents were about $1000 for studios, $1200-1400 for 1bds, and $1600 and up for 2 bd's. Those prices I think are over the top (I would never recommend living in either buildign btw.) to pay that much I really think you'd have to be a) stupid, b) in a serious rush to find something, or c)not at all interested in where your money is going.
But, lots of places in the city actually go for a lot more than that.

my rents $975 for a 1 bd and people are amazed by how cheap my apartment is when I tell them.

rent's not cheap in the city ::shrugs::

Temple / Re: Temple Class of 2010 (entering in Fall 2007)
« on: May 06, 2007, 08:32:19 PM »
hi everyone!
I just wanted say hi and also chime in with my thoughts on living in philly (as I've been here for the past 5 years attending drexel and actually work in leasing in the city right now)

rent's have gone up significantly in cc in the past couple years; its difficult to find a deal now, your best bets are washington sq. west and the art museum in terms of decency of neighborhood and cost.

quick note about washing sq west- certain chunks are bad at night as they get turned over to drug dealers and transvestite prostitutes. Generally nothing happens to the residents, but its loud at all hours and your bound to trip over a condom or a pair of discarded underwear every once in a while should you live on/near one of the afflicted corners- 12th and pine is particularly bad.

queen village and the italian market are nice too but a bit harder to do trains fro, but there are lots of buses.

if you have money to burn old city, society hill and rittenhouse sq. are all great neighborhoods to live in, but generally pricy unless you find a deal (which does happen occasionally, my friend just moved into a 1 bd. for 1050 a month like two blocks off the sq)

I live in society hill and love it, but rent's here are ridiculous- only reason I'm here is because my landlord is senile (and rented the apartment way under market price when we first started renting) and hasn't raised the rent a dime in the four years we've been living here.

craigslist and are really the way to go if you want to find something in an affordable price range, particularly phillyweekly.

also if you find a place you like that you are ok with the price on, put a deposit down immediately, I can't tell you how many people I know have missed out on really amazing places and prices because they went home to think about it overnight, called the next day and found the apartment to be taken- it even happened to me a few years ago.

also here are some notes on areas I would avoid living in: obviously the area immidietly surrounding campus (that should go without saying at this point,) I would avoid university city as well, and fishtown/northern liberties might be nice in a couple years, but right now they are pretty miserable.
Personally, I'd also avoid manayunk/roxborough/etc., mostly because I don't own a car and they aren't exactly friendly areas to that lifestyle, but also because you really are quite removed from everything center city has to offer (which is surprisingly much and getting better everyday I think.)

On a random note: I'd also recommend philly car share to anyone who isn't bringing a car, I just started using the service and I love it, there are cars all over the city and its like $5.50 an hour.

Sorry for writing a small novel there, but I hope it helps anyone coming from out of town! I know I would have loved some of this info. when I came out here from chicago a few years ago.

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