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• Find a place to live. We want you to find a place to live that fits your budget and needs. We’ll do this by setting a budget and then looking at individual neighborhood costs, commute times, walk scores, crime stats, neighborhood demographics, nightlife and lastly, some resources to find available apartments or houses.

• Philly has 25 neighborhoods. That might seem like a lot, but it’s far fewer than cities like New York or Chicago. Each neighborhood has its own vibe and character, along with different rental prices. does a great job of capturing the heart of each local neighborhood.

Highway access is good. Philadelphia has direct access to a huge network of highways, most notably I-95, which runs from north to south through the city, and the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76), which runs along the river. Be especially careful with I-76, it’s infamous for choking rush hour traffic.

The PPA (Philadelphia Parking Authority) is also notoriously strict, so you can expect a few parking tickets per year. If you absolutely have to have a car, look for an apartment in Fairmount or University City. Or, find an apartment with a garage. Philly has awesome public transportation

Bottom line: the public transportation system is great and it can get you almost anywhere inside the city within 20 minutes. Also, if you’re considering living in the suburbs, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey are easily accessible by train and bus as well. Bike, Walk, Uber, Explore

Philly is the 4th most walkable city in the country. You can walk almost anywhere within city limits in an hour or less. Philadelphia’s walk score is 78, compared a city like Los Angeles, which is only 66. New York is 88, but Philly’s bike score tops New York’s by 3 points.

Below is a crime map of the city. Hint: greener means less crime. You can see most crime happens in North and West Philly, with some crime hot spots in the southern parts of the city. There’s also a red circle right in the middle, but that’s mostly petty theft of tourists.

Straight to the point: if you want to avoid the areas with the worst crime, don’t go north of Girard Avenue or west of 40th Street. See? It’s that easy. You can find more information on crime in the city here. If you like to party like it’s 1776…

• If you’re fresh out of college, but want to hold on to the college lifestyle for a bit longer, check out University City. It’s home to Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania, hence the name. The people here tend to be younger, college-aged students, and as such there is large apartment turnover. There are tons of great college bars here, like Cavanaugh’s, which runs the Erin Express every year, a famous St. Patty’s pub crawl.

• Old City is, as its name implies, the oldest part of the city. Independence Hall is the centerpiece here, and it’s nearly impossible to explore for more than five minutes without tripping over ancient cobblestones or seeing an old lady dressed as Betsy Ross. Though the residents are a bit older, the nightlife is quite active. Bars like Plough & the Stars and Sto’s have a great mix of people, and are great places to watch a big game. And speaking of oldest, be sure to check out McGillins on 13th and Drury, the oldest bar in the city.

• Rittenhouse, on the other side of Broad Street from Old City, is arguably the nicest neighborhood in Philadelphia. Rittenhouse Square is a beautiful park in itself, but the neighborhood extends for a few streets in each direction. Throughout these streets are probably the best nightlife destinations in the city. There are clubs like Coda, Rumor, and 1925 for getting dressed up and dancing. If you’re more in the mood for a casual night with your friends and a pitcher of Guinness, check out Irish Pub on 20th and Walnut or Fado on 15th and Locust.

You’ll see this notated on apartment ads as an “OP” for “owner pays.” However, if you want a rental agent to look at a ton of places, they may charge you a fee. If the apartment doesn’t pay a referral fee, a rental agent will also typically charge you a fee directly. Usually, this fee will range from a couple of hundred bucks to a month’s rent.

Important: Don’t let yourself be surprised! All of this should be worked out in advance with the rental agent. If you’re 100 percent unwilling to pay a fee, tell the agent that you only want to see apartments where the owner will pay the fee. Yeah, finding an apartment is competitive

According to CoStar data, Philly’s homeownership rates declined by 6.1% between 2007 and 2014. With that drop, apartment vacancy rates have dropped to historic lows. The vacancy rate in Philadelphia was 3.7% at the end of 2015, which is the lowest vacancy rate since 1988. Basically, it’s tough to find an apartment in Philly.

Let’s do the math. If the monthly rent for an apartment is $1,000, you’re probably looking at paying the landlord a deposit of $3,000 upon signing the lease. This will cover your first month’s and last month’s rent, and you’ll get the security deposit back minus any catastrophic damages you cause to the place playing pong with your friends.