syd625 wrote:That's not really my thing either. Do you have any suggestions? I've been looking at Rittenhouse/Center City, but everything seems to be 1500 or so and I'm not sure I can swing that. I'm a single female, so I'm hoping to find a place that's relatively safe.
Eta: I'm really excited to see how Couturier develops.
There are a lot of great areas that many students don't really look at for 1L, but offer good value. Graduate Hospital is the area just south of the Rittenhouse neighborhood. It's the city feel without the high Center City prices. The area that you'd look at is essentially from 16th St to the river, between Lombard and Christian St. There's a bridge connecting the Penn campus at South St. The neighorhood directly south of here can be sketchy, so you do get some odd foot traffic. Among Philly biglaw associates, GradHo is one of the most popular areas to live.
Queen Village and Bella Vista are also pretty accessible, which goes from about 2nd St to 11th St, from South St. to Washington St. Those are really nice neighborhoods, and you can get way more space for your money. Some of the best restaurants and grocery shopping is right around there. In terms of safe and walkable areas, I'd say this is one of the best parts of the city, and the commute to the law school is quite easy.
There are also a surprising number of apartments for rent in Society Hill, but it's more quiet out there. Also an easy commute if you're willing to take the bus or subway.
Basically, the law school is in a very good location for publist transit, with a subway line, a trolley line, and many bus lines all operating within a few blocks. This really means that many parts of the city are in reasonable commuting distance.