I just came back from visiting Penn/ Philadelphia...definitely getting excited!
Anyway I had a chance to look ( at least at the outside) of some of the often mentioned high rise apartments in center city, as well as the graduate dorms.
while i had originally assumed I would wind up in an apartment as opposed to the dorms, after visiting im not as sure. i walked from the law building over to center city, and wasn't sure how i felt about crossing over that stretch of deserted highway to get to center city (im thinking more when im alone, at night.) i consider myself to have a somewhat high sketch threshold, and am not intimidated by urban areas--i've lived in nyc for four years, etc. But I don't know--anyone who is currently a student have an opinion?
also, are there any websites, facebook groups, etc that penn students (law and graduate students in particular) use to find roommates?
i've been at the law school until 3am, sad to say... but the good thing is that penn transit has a lot of ways for you to get home to either center city or west to i think 40th st. i mostly take a free shuttle bus which runs three times an hour and literally drops me off on my corner (it makes personalized stops after a certain hour). you can see a map here: http://www.business-services.upenn.edu/transportation/maps/
i walk in the morning if i'm not running late, and it's actually very pretty over the river on a nice day. i walk back until about 10pm at night, and after than take the shuttle bus... unless i'm feeling lazy or the weather sucks. i think the bus service starts in the afternoon.
once again y'all: CENTER CITY!!! you will thank me for this
But is it really possible to afford center city on the recommended budget? It looks like you can't get into a studio even for less than $900, which is already over.
SIDE NOTE: there's seriously no penn law merch at the bookstore? I definitely need a sweatshirt before ASW...