“One, Whiz, With.” Unless you are from Philadelphia, you probably have no idea what that means. To the rest of the world its called a Philly cheesesteak, but in Philly you order how many you want (One), what type of cheese (Whiz) and if you want fried onions (With). They say it helps keep the lines moving faster.
Philadelphia is the second-largest city on the East Coast and fifth-largest in the country. Philly is home to the nation`s sixth-largest metropolitan area. The city has a lot to offer, including world-class entertainment, restaurants, education, cultural offerings, healthcare, employment opportunities and much more.
Like many big cities, there are good and bad places to live and the best places tend to be the most expensive. For example, Fairmount-Spring Garden rent prices have a median cost of $1,181 per month, the highest in the city. It is the arts center of the city and within walking distance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and many excellent restaurants and other forms of entertainment. A smart way to be able to afford such nice place is to find a roommate in Philadelphia.
The first step in finding a roommate is determining where you want to live. There is no shortage of great places to live in Philly. We already mentioned Fairmount, but Chestnut Hill was ranked the number one place to live in Philly by movoto.com. Other well-ranked neighborhoods were Roxborough, East Falls, and Manayunk. Older, more established neighborhoods, in Philadelphia never disappoint. Society Hill, Rittenhouse Square, and Washington Square West are all desirable locations and where you will find Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Constitution Center and Franklin Square Park, an outdoor park for kids.
Once you have picked some areas to live, it is always a good idea to ask family and friends for some roommate recommendations. If that doesn’t work out, searching online is a popular way to find a roommate. Craigslist is a common place people use to find a roommate, but it can be a bit sketchy. There are websites dedicated to helping you find the best roommate for you. One site, Roomster, even have verified members with links to their social profiles so you can get a good idea who the person is, who their friends are and much more.
Once you narrow down the list, you are going to want to meet in person before making a commitment. Choose somewhere in public and bring a friend if you feel uncomfortable or just want a second opinion. Just make sure you bring cash because a lot of restaurants and shops still refuse to take anything but cash.
Once you find the right person, prepare a roommate agreement to determine what your responsibilities are. The agreement includes things like cooking, cleaning, groceries, utilities etc. A vague roommate agreement may lead to problems later on, so be specific.
Now all that is left is for you to move in and start enjoying your new living arrangements.
Philadelphia is excellent and affordable place to live. Philly offers great neighborhoods, restaurants and plenty of things to do. Start your Philadelphia roommate search today. Oh, and make mine a “One, Wiz, Without”.