Post # 1
I’m moving down to Philly in August to attend grad school at UPenn 🙂 I was just wondering who my Philly bees are! What area do you live in? I’m not used to city living, so any tips/suggestions for me?
Post # 2
Welcome to the city! I moved here from NJ 3 years ago and I love most of it. If you are going to UPenn you should live in West Philly near the school. Some really great eateries and things over there and you can connect with other students. But just don’t venture too far away from campus, it can get dicey.
I live in the Art Museum/Fairmount area which I really love. A mix of late 20s and 30 somethings and young families and some cool bars and places to eat.
You should probably avoid center city. It would be pretty pricey for a grad school. I really think the UPenn surrounding area is really pretty with historic homes that are now apartments. You should be fine over there!
Post # 3
I went to Penn for undergrad, moved away after for several years, and moved back and lived there for several years again before moving to CA last year. I love Philly! It’s an amazing city. I assume you are going for grad school? If so, I would suggest living somewhere around Ritttenhouse Square, Fitler Square, or Graduate Hospital. A lot of grad students live in those areas. They are in Center City, not West Philly, so they are off campus, but still close enough to walk or bike to school, or if the weather is bad- take the bus. The closer you are to the South Street bridge or the Walnut St bridge the easier it will be to get to campus. If you are not used to city living, you may want to try to find something in Naval Square. It is a gated community in the city, but has a park like setting, nice amenities, and is very secure. I rented 2 different places there. It is full of Penn grad students and people who work at HUP & CHOP because it is so close to the South St bridge. I would actually advise against living on or too near to campus in West Philly, because you will be surrounded by undergrads, and their lifestyle will probably not be compatible with yours as a more serious adult. When I was in undergrad, there was one dental student who lived in our apt building in West Philly and her life was absolutely miserable, because she had to deal with all of us coming and going at all hours, parties, etc.
Post # 4
Thanks for the advice, ladies! I actually already have housing established (I jumped in a house with 9 other veterinary students!) in West Philly. It is bordering the “sketchy” part of the city, so I am a little concerned about that. I’ll be sure to keep you in mind if I have any questions/concerns before I move down there in August 🙂
Post # 5
I’m a philly bee born and raised in mount airy