achilles wrote:thanks so much r6, that was EXACTLY what I needed. I think I'll print out a map and highlight these areas. Do you happen to know where most of the law students live? I suppose that's more of a question for current law students. I think I'd rather live near the school or other law students since I don't know anyone in philly. And I'm still holding out hope that I can bring my car and find reasonable parking
One of the best part about Penn is that all the grad programs are so close to each other (with the same id you can go use resources in any Penn grad buildings). Our grad student center try very hard to run social programs for all the grad students. half of students in one of my classes are from other grad programs, and we socialize and become friends. 1L is a bit more insulated, but you can make friends outside of law school if you want. For 2L and onward, take some classes in other grad schools and you will make plenty of new friends, it's great for networking too.
As for car, on campus parking is very expensive, but there are some private lots you can rent within walking distance (5 blocks or so) so you can keep your car at a reasonable price. Philly center city is small enough that walk/shuttle/bus/train/cab is enough, but have a car is great if you want to go explore the surrounding area and go shopping. Prices are very high in the city but much more reasonable even just 10 minutes drive away, for everything. Or just make friends with natives