I live in University City. I'm not sure where you are moving from, but Philadelphia is a large city where crime can vary block by block. I love my street, but I don't walk in an area that is literally two blocks from my house. I'm not so much concerned about violent crime but I know it's a corner where drugs are sold.
University City includes two police departments: the University of Pennsylvania has its own police department and the area is also patrolled by the City of Philadelphia Police Department. Penn also has boundaries designated by the university as the "core" of their campus. Thousands of Penn students live in this area. I would be more than happy to show you where the majority of students live.
Also, keep in mind resale value. University City includes a variety of residents and some buyers down the road may have children, so schools will become an issue. I'd be more than happy to discuss some of the additional issues you may want to consider before you buy.
University City is a vibrant and wonderful community. I'm sure your son will have a wonderful time at UPenn and I hope to speak with you soon.
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