This year our son moved into an off-campus apartment at Temple University called Temple Nest Apartments. Temple housing is definitely tricky since all the neighborhoods surrounding Temple are rather scary. There is no way of sugarcoating that. I try to not even watch the Philly news anymore because it caused so much anxiety for me.
I shared last year’s James Whitehall dorm room tour with you. There were several scary incidents very very close to the dorm which actually isn’t right on campus either. I wasn’t happy with the location. He also didn’t want to share a room with someone else anymore and is much happier living with his 2 roommates in a furnished apartment instead.
My feelings about having my son attend Temple and how it was last year would require an entirely separate post though. Regardless of the horrific crime rate and how dangerous it is, it is a great college and no matter how much I complain, our son absolutely loves it.
Our Son’s Temple Nest Apartment Tour
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As you can see below the place came with a sofa, chair, coffee table, end tables, 42-inch wall-mounted flat-screen TV, security system, barstools, full-size kitchen with dishwasher and garbage disposal, 3 dorm room style furnished private bedrooms, and a small bathroom. A big bonus for him is that they also have a washer and dryer now and don’t need to do laundry in a laundromat or dorm anymore. You can see the floor plans on their website.
To be honest I was disgusted with the road in front of the apartments. I mean how hard is it to clean up trash? But that issue is present all over Philadelphia and not just where he lives.
I know that I would be out there cleaning up at least in front of the place where I live. When we unloaded the car I had to step over a big dead rat in the gutter to top things off. I took a photo of it and sent it to my husband but I’ll spare you that view LOL.
Above you can see what the living room area looked like right after we picked up the keys. I love the hardwood floors. The upholstered furniture, end table, and coffee table are in good shape.
We could use pretty much what we had from last year and some things I had in our attic. The only major thing I bought was the small rug and some kitchen items. It does pay off to hoard old decor and furniture in your attic once in a while.
The tapestry was hanging in his dorm room last year but we hung it over the sofa until they maybe find something different to hang there instead.
I even bought him a small plant (snake plant) to see if he can keep it alive. And just like me, he loves having salt lamps everywhere. I hope his roommates like them too.
His bedroom looks pretty much like his room last year. It has a twin bed, night table, tall dresser, desk and chair, and small closet.
We also brought the flag banner back that he has in his room at home as well. In his room, he hangs collected soccer patches from around the world on it. Check out his bedroom at home if you are new around here.
Below is the “not yet finished” desk area. Not sure what he wants to hang above it yet. He said he’ll see.
Below you can see the tiny bathroom with a bathtub/shower.
And for those of you who are new to my blog, let me show you his other rooms.
Below you can see how his dorm looked last year and what items we were able to reuse this year.
Our son loves living in his new apartment and the only complaint he had so far is that the air conditioning broke twice already and he had to sleep several nights in an almost 90-degree apartment. Him and I can’t live without air conditioning! But if this will remain our only concern then I can live with that. I just want him safe. Last year a student was murdered right around the corner of his dorm. That poor student was returning to his off-campus apartment from Thanksgiving break and while he was unloading his car at 1:30 pm in the afternoon he was gunned down in an attempted robbery. A tragedy like that is of course always on my mind.
That’s it for today and talk to you soon.