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What is the live music scene like in Philly?  How do I find out about concerts/how expensive are they?

So many great artists come by Philly but concerts are soo much more affordable than other big cities like NY.  If your fave artist has new music out, it's likely they'll stop by here and/or New Jersey, which is also easy to get to.  Philly has hosted big names like Ariana Grande, Lorde, and Panic!At the Disco at Wells Fargo Center, EDM artists at clubs like District N9ne, and smaller indie bands at places like Kungfu Necktie.  The most expensive tickets I've seen are upwards of $100s at Wells Fargo Center, but you can still get (faraway) seats around $50 there.  I've also been to concerts for as little as $15!  I usually use Songkick to send me emails about upcoming events at venues I know and artists I like.  Spotify is pretty good at notifying you about your artists, too!

Friendly Fox, April 15 2019 11:53 PM

How costly is it to live/explore/eat in Philadelphia? (restaurants, movies, concerts, museums, etc.)

It's not very costly to live in Philly. Some of the best food is from the food trucks around campus which will usually run up to $8 at most for healthy portions. For sit-down restaurants, some of the most highly rated ones around the city are also cheaply priced with big portions, like Quality Taste (Jamaican) Koreana (Korean food, duh).

In terms of movies, most people go to the Cinemark near campus which is decently priced, although torrenting movies from the internet at home is always free! All the dope museums to explore like the Rodin Museum or Philly Art Museum have regular pay-what-you-wish dates/times where you can get in for at least one cent.

Concerts vary widely but can be the priciest thing on this list; if you're going to the Made in America festival or seeing another big name artist, expect to drop a couple hundred dollars on tickets. But smaller artists or local groups can be a lot cheaper, and some websites can get you student discounts. OpenArts Philly always has deals, and is currently giving out completely free tickets to students to see La Bohème at the opera! In general, if you want to explore/experience Philly, you won't run out of free and fun things to do.

Extroverted Eel, April 14 2019, 19:00

Are residential programs worth it?

It's cool how many residential programs there are at Penn. :) I've heard that some are great; people become good friends, plus there are cool opportunities to explore your interests (trips, workshops, etc.). However, my experience was not amazing... I think it depends a bit on the RA (or whoever leads your residential program) and the size of your hall. I was happy that I got into a really competitive residential program in the Quad, but in the end, we only maybe had 2 events related to the program (besides free food every few weeks), and since my hall was so big, I felt a bit overwhelmed and didn't get close to anyone. The people in my hall are all unique and brilliant, so I regret not making more of an effort to get to know them.

Wallowing Whale, April 14, 2019, 6:50PM

Where can I watch Game of Thrones for free tonight?

There are viewing parties in Rodin and in Stouffer Mayer (the dorm behind Harnwell)! Snacks included, it seems. :)

Wallowing Whale, April 14, 2019, 6:25PM

Opinion on senior societies?

I recently joined a senior society - there are a good amount at Penn! But, I wasn't super attached to getting in. I found myself naturally wanting to reach out to the people who were already in this senior society because I thought what they've done / worked on at Penn is so cool! I've talked to my junior friends about their thoughts on senior societies as well, and generally all of us feel like it's a great way to get to meet new people in your last year at Penn, but none of us put too much pressure on ourselves on getting in. It's been a bit of an ongoing struggle for me to "find my community" at Penn, so I'll say that I am quite happy that I got into this senior society :) I feel accepted here.

Wallowing Whale, April 14, 2019 6:20PM

What is Tabard??

An off-campus sorority

Petty Panda, April 14 2019 6:12 PM

How do Penn students travel to New York City? (accessibility, cost, frequency)

It's super easy – there's lots of bus lines that take you from Philly to NYC. Megabus (use the Unidays $5 off code), BoltBus, Peter Pan, Greyhound, etc. are all good options (but I'm personally bias against Megabus after they cancelled a bus after we waited in the rain for an hour). I think the earlier you book the cheaper, and it's usually $10-20, ~2.5 hrs one way? The buses are super frequent, just check online!

Chunky Chipmunk, April 14th 2019, 1:06 PM

How are introverts treated at Penn (it's the "social ivy") and what suggestions do you have for making friends at Penn?

There's plenty of ways to hang out with friends without being in huge groups or going out/partying/drinking. I'm an introvert myself and I love having time to myself to do what I enjoy, whether it be watching TV, cooking, or having a spa night with friends! Penn being a "social ivy" just means you have more options for those instances when you do want to go out, but you can meet plenty of people with tendencies like you through clubs, mutual friends, your major, or even randomly hitting people up you don't know well to coffee chat :) I met the bulk of my friends through clubs!

Chunky Chipmunk, April 12 2019 8:05PM

Where are all the good guys at Penn?

If this is asking what I think it's asking, then I'm wondering too. If you find any, lmk.

Perky Puffin, April 11 2019 6:47 PM

^ here

Rumbling Raccoon, April 11 2019 7:03 PM

What are some cool places to visit in Philly? To bring a visiting friend or family member.

Philly is a great city with a lot to offer. If you are looking for fun things to do during the day, I would recommend checking out Reading Terminal Market, the Delaware River waterfront, and Rail Park. There are also a lot of historical attractions - you can see the Liberty Bell,  tour Independence Hall (where the declaration of independence was signed and constitution created), or visit some museums on Benjamin Franklin parkway. If you want somewhere to go at night, I'd recommend One Liberty Observation Deck, a viewing point for the Philly skyline.

Pesky Penguin, April 10 2019, 8:55 am