I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Shannon and I too will be at Temple Law this fall. I also live in Center City/South Philly (depending on who you call to deliver hah) so if you have any questions, let me know.
I have to agree with the post about being open to South Philly. I'm west of Broad St, and they are building gorgeous homes about two blocks away on Catherine and Christian St.as we speak. By moving a few blocks south of Rittenhouse, my rent dropped 400 bucks. Just watch out for Porter and Shunk St. The houses are beautiful but the parking down there is really funky. People essentially double park in front of one another and manage not to get tickets.
And while I haven't read all of the posts, I have to sing the praises of Craigslist. It is totally possible to find places in great parts of town for really reasonable prices. My friends are at 22nd and Spruce in a 1bd with roof access and a deck for $720. I've also had friends living in the same area for about the same about (complete with 12ft ceilings) - all found on craigslist.