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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Dorm life is where it's at. Very few people live off campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of the apartment buildings around Bryn Mawr say that they don't allow college students, but there are a lot of apartments/houses to rent in Bryn Mawr/Haverford/Swarthmore/all around these areas, so don't worry.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most students who live off campus really wanted to have that experience. Bryn Mawr has relationships with a few buildings around campus, so it is easy to get off campus housing, if you are a senior. There is limited availability, however. If you are lucky enough to get an apartment, the facilities are nice and you can cook your own food. If you want to live off campus as a sophomore or junior, it is more difficult to find a place, since Bryn Mawr is not as involved. There are a bunch of apartment buildings around campus next to the train station, so the location is ideal, but unless you live with others, it is expensive.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Only a select few apartments are lotteried out to students in the room draw and they are in high demand by upper classmen. The apartments are a good size and distance away from campus, however!

1 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Lame. The town in expensive, it is worth it to just live on campus. You get a better sense of community on campus.


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Students who live off campus miss a huge part of Bryn Mawr life, so very few students recommend it. If you must live at home, you can be accommodated. If you want to live off campus, there are a few options. Through the Bi-College exchange, Bryn Mawr students may live at Haverford and vice versa, though this hasn’t been very popular since the 1980s. There are cheap apartments and houses for the many college students in the area. These are generally populated with Villanova students, but they are within walking distance of Bryn Mawr. Students who take many classes at UPenn might find it more convenient to live in West Philly or University City, where student housing is plentiful.

Living off campus, you will have to make an extra effort to stay in touch with the Bryn Mawr community in terms of social and extracurricular life, if you still desire to be a part of that. Since so few people live off campus, those who do are often isolated.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
March and April
Popular Areas
  • Main Line
  • Swarthmore
  • West Philly
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $750
  • 2 BR: $980
  • Studio: $575

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 22 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 17% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 39% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 43% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 21 responses

  • 33% Extremely helpful.
  • 19% Somewhat helpful.
  • 43% Not very helpful.
  • 5% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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