UPenn Class of 2017

(housing, friendships, future exams, all things 2017)

What section are you in?

1A
3
19%
1B
3
19%
2A
4
25%
2B
3
19%
3A
2
13%
3B
1
6%
 
Total votes: 16

04102014
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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby 04102014 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:38 pm

doing_it_in_a_car wrote:
lawyerchick wrote:
hahazby wrote:
ohpobrecito wrote:So how's everyone feeling these days?

This thread is too quiet.


Looking for housing and checking out everything at Penn and Philly :D :D :D
How about you guys?


Same here. Is anyone considering living in the graduate housing? I don't know much about it, but it seems convenient.


Penn's on campus housing, Sansom Place, is definitely convenient, and some people are reasonably happy with it. I was personally unimpressed when I visited. Dim hallway lighting, just seemed like a miserable atmosphere.

http://cms.business-services.upenn.edu/ ... 014-15.pdf

Sansom Place is pretty pricey. For $1500 a month, you could get a room in a luxury high rise near campus like the Radian or 2400 Chestnut which are much nicer.

http://www.radianapartments.com/pdf/Rad ... ricing.pdf
http://www.2400chestnut.com/floorplans.html

If you were looking at the lower tier of rooms, at over $800 a month, you can get a decent studio near campus - you can check out craigslist or Penn's off campus housing search.

http://offcampushousing.upenn.edu/

Check out the Penn Students taking questions thread, there's a bunch more information in there. Also - wait until ASW - I'm sure the welcome committee will be very helpful and informative regarding housing.


I've been working with these guys. They have some very reasonable options.

http://www.universitycityhousing.com/

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby 04102014 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:44 pm

When is everyone looking to move? I was planning on August 1st, but that seems excessive if orientation isn't until the 27th :?

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby Blackfish » Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:59 pm

Yeah Sansom is overpriced for what it is. So is everyone here looking for housing strictly in university city? And ohpobrecito, I am looking to move in mid August if possible.

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby doing_it_in_a_car » Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:26 pm

I'm trying to negotiate a later start date for my lease - to mid or late August. Some places may only allow leases to begin on the first of the month. Also - you may have a better chance at more competitive apartments if you're willing to start in July.

I've decided to focus my housing search in University City, though I've heard many Penn Law students live in Center City. I'd just rather walk through Penn's Campus (34th to 40th st.) at night than across the bridge from 34th st to Center City. Not that I'm concerned about the safety of that commute - it's just my own preference. (to the unfamiliar, Philadelphia is basically a grid with numbered streets running north to south, and higher numbers are west, lower numbers are east).

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby 04102014 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:34 pm

doing_it_in_a_car wrote:I'm trying to negotiate a later start date for my lease - to mid or late August. Some places may only allow leases to begin on the first of the month. Also - you may have a better chance at more competitive apartments if you're willing to start in July.

I've decided to focus my housing search in University City, though I've heard many Penn Law students live in Center City. I'd just rather walk through Penn's Campus (34th to 40th st.) at night than across the bridge from 34th st to Center City. Not that I'm concerned about the safety of that commute - it's just my own preference. (to the unfamiliar, Philadelphia is basically a grid with numbered streets running north to south, and higher numbers are west, lower numbers are east).


Same here. I'm looking almost exclusively in UC now.

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby Blackfish » Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:40 pm

Are you guys familiar with Philly? At what point does West Philly get rough? I've heard everything from 40th or even further out from like 48th.

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby doing_it_in_a_car » Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:52 pm

http://spotcrime.com/pa/philadelphia

It depends on the cross streets, because north and south of Penn's campus can get sketch too. As a conservative estimate, I'd say from Spruce to Chestnut[edit: on second thought, Pine to Market] from 40th to 43rd or so is fine - just have your wits about you like you normally would. Plenty of frat houses are located on Spruce, Walnut, Locust, and Chestnut west of 40th. At 40th and Walnut is the Fresh Grocer, pretty much the best supermarket in the area.

If you have any extraordinary concern for your safety, Penn's security services offer free escort services home. http://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/secur ... ng-escort/

Safety concerns aside, I wouldn't go further west simply because of how inconvenient it is to get to the law school, at 34th.
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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby tigersaresexy » Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:52 pm

lawyerchick wrote:
hahazby wrote:
ohpobrecito wrote:So how's everyone feeling these days?

This thread is too quiet.


Looking for housing and checking out everything at Penn and Philly :D :D :D
How about you guys?


Same here. Is anyone considering living in the graduate housing? I don't know much about it, but it seems convenient.


I visited Sansom when I visited a friend in Penn. God that place is depressing. He also told me a very amusing story about how the room was infested with hundreds of cockroaches that refused to leave..he called exterminators weekly.

Anyway, I'm not too keep on university housing, but it's there as a backup and that's nice.

Blackfish wrote:Are you guys familiar with Philly? At what point does West Philly get rough? I've heard everything from 40th or even further out from like 48th.


I'm definitely not from Philly, but I'm close to several people who also went to Penn. One lived on 40th (and I stayed there too) and it was completely fine. Another lived on 43rd, and he said it was janky but not terrifying. He recommended not living past 45th under any circumstance.
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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby tigersaresexy » Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:54 pm

Also...I just found out Philly decriminalized years ago...so I'm pretty happy about that. :D

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby Blackfish » Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:12 pm

Thanks for all the info! Doing_it, any thoughts on how long it will take to walk/bike from Rittenhouse or Grad Hospital to campus?

Also, tiger lol.

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby rule615 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:16 pm

Checking in :D

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby 04102014 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:24 pm

Are people generally planning on having a roommate or going solo?

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby simba93 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:27 pm

checking in! congrats to everyone!

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby tigersaresexy » Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:31 pm

ohpobrecito wrote:Are people generally planning on having a roommate or going solo?


Solo. I'd like to stay in the same apartment all three years and roommates add too many variables, especially people I don't really know.

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby lawyerchick » Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:32 pm

ohpobrecito wrote:Are people generally planning on having a roommate or going solo?


I was hoping to find a roommate but I'm not entirely sure where to start

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby Blackfish » Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:36 pm

simba93 wrote:checking in! congrats to everyone!


Welcome! Congrats.
ohpobrecito wrote:Are people generally planning on having a roommate or going solo?


Solo. 1L is already stressful enough as it is. I think potentially having to deal with a bad roommate would be too much.

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby doing_it_in_a_car » Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:51 pm

Congrats to you new admits!

I'm leaning toward getting a studio at this point. Like everyone else said, I don't want to risk the worst case scenario with a roommate. I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities to socialize

Though wouldn't it be awesome if we got a huge group together to get a 10+ bedroom townhouse :D ? http://universitycityhousing.com/proper ... houses.php

As for finding roommates - try posting on the fb group? Who knows, maybe we'll hit it off with people at ASW. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1411015949134595/

Blackfish - I'd estimate a half hour walk from Rittenhouse or Grad Hospital to the law school. Probably under 15 minutes if you're biking or if you're close enough to City Hall to catch the 15th st subway and take that to 34th st.

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby tigersaresexy » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:00 pm

doing_it_in_a_car wrote:Though wouldn't it be awesome if we got a huge group together to get a 10+ bedroom townhouse :D ? http://universitycityhousing.com/proper ... houses.php


This is like, the living situation I've always wanted but never got a chance to have. If this happens, I want in.

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby paglababa » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:01 pm

Hi team,

Checking in <3
Not sure if I will be attending yet, but so grateful to have the option on the table. woohoo.

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby tigersaresexy » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:06 pm

paglababa wrote:Hi team,

Checking in <3
Not sure if I will be attending yet, but so grateful to have the option on the table. woohoo.


Congratulations!

On an unrelated note your avvie always sets my girlish heart aflutter.

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby hahazby » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:50 pm

tigersaresexy wrote:
doing_it_in_a_car wrote:Though wouldn't it be awesome if we got a huge group together to get a 10+ bedroom townhouse :D ? http://universitycityhousing.com/proper ... houses.php


This is like, the living situation I've always wanted but never got a chance to have. If this happens, I want in.


lol never thought this would be an option. Count me in too if it really happens.

Just curious, anybody in NYC now?

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby lawyerchick » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:54 pm

hahazby wrote:
tigersaresexy wrote:
doing_it_in_a_car wrote:Though wouldn't it be awesome if we got a huge group together to get a 10+ bedroom townhouse :D ? http://universitycityhousing.com/proper ... houses.php


This is like, the living situation I've always wanted but never got a chance to have. If this happens, I want in.


lol never thought this would be an option. Count me in too if it really happens.

Just curious, anybody in NYC now?


me :D

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby doing_it_in_a_car » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:59 pm

lawyerchick wrote:
hahazby wrote:
tigersaresexy wrote:
doing_it_in_a_car wrote:Though wouldn't it be awesome if we got a huge group together to get a 10+ bedroom townhouse :D ? http://universitycityhousing.com/proper ... houses.php


This is like, the living situation I've always wanted but never got a chance to have. If this happens, I want in.


lol never thought this would be an option. Count me in too if it really happens.

Just curious, anybody in NYC now?


me :D


I'm in NYC too! Doin the paralegal hustle.

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby goldenboy514 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:29 pm

how did everyone get their log in information for the accepted students site? Does it come in the welcome package or via email?

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Re: UPenn Class of 2017

Postby Blackfish » Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:34 pm

NYC here as well! And car, wow I didn't think it would take 30 min to get from those areas to campus. Looks really close on the map. I like the area too from what I can see on Google.

goldenboy514 wrote:how did everyone get their log in information for the accepted students site? Does it come in the welcome package or via email?


It came via email soon after being admitted.




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