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4 College Freshman

Local Area: The mainline is a nice place to live in.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Since the school is an arboretum, people in the area run, walk their dogs on campus. So glad bc I. Love. Dogs.

There's Suburban Square nearby and tons of strip malls. A 20-minute drive to the mall in King of Prussia. Take SEPTA and in a half an hour, you're in Philly. Not many attractions/events are walking distance, but if you can manage with public transportation / are friends with people with a car, local activities are at your fingertips.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Lots of good food near Haverford, but you will need a car to fully explore the Main Line. Public transportation into Philly is good, but expensive.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Love it. Perfect place to just walk around and discover a new store when you just need to get off campus!

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Haverford is a safe, wealthy area that has a small shopping center in walking distance from campus, but there really isn't much to do in Haverford. However, Philadelphia is rich with attractions and is only a 20 minute train ride away.

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Haverford is a very wealthy suburb of Philadelphia with plenty of supermarkets, convenience stores, movie theaters, and bars. The locals can come across as a bit uppity-some seem a little resentful about having to live in the midst of a thousand college students-but a good number of them are pretty nice. Our unique relationship with Bryn Mawr, the all-girls school a mile or two west of Haverford, is central to the local atmosphere. Because students can take classes at either school, the free "Blue Bus" runs every 30 minutes or so between the two colleges. Haverford used to be an all-male institution (it turned coed in 1980), and a significant percentage of old Haverfordians married Bryn Mawr girls (called Mawrters).

You have to be careful when it comes to shopping because things can get really expensive on the Main Line (the name of Philadelphia's main string of suburbs). Food can be criminally overpriced if you go to the wrong supermarket (Genuardi's and Food Source to name a couple). The good news is that Philadelphia is right in our backyard, only five or six miles east of the college. Though it's not as interesting a city as New York or Washington, there's plenty of dining, nice museums, and unique entertainment. Many poeple are fans of the Chinatown neighborhood and Fairmount Park (a large public park in the nicer part of West Philadelphia). Some of Philly can be a little seedy, but if you avoid walking around West and North Philadelphia at night, you'll be fine.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Interstate 476, which runs north from Philadelphia's suburbs all the way to Scranton, is the most litigious highway in the history of America. The 21.5-mile section linking Philadelphia's suburbs (called the "Blue Route") was originally slated for completion in 1964, but was not opened until 1991. The highway cut through numerous high- and middle-income communities, and decades of contentious public hearings ensued.
  2. Philadelphia is known for inexpensive food-most famously the cheesesteak, scrapple, and soft pretzel, but also water ices and hoagies. For a brief period of time, Philadelphia was designated America's fattest city. The honor now belongs to Detroit, after Philly Mayor John Street (a notorious fitness buff) implemented a citywide fitness program.
  3. Movies shot in Philadelphia include Rocky, Trading Places, The Sixth Sense, Like Mike, Unbreakable, and well, Philadelphia.
  4. In January of 1855, a grizzly bear escaped from his street show cage in Center City and rampaged Philadelphia for several hours. He attacked a horse, a mule, and a side of beef hanging in a butcher's shop. The bear was held at bay by local businessman with pitchforks until his owner was able to calm him down and lead him back to the theater by a rope.
  5. If you dug straight down from Philadelphia to the other side of the world you would hit the Indian Ocean.
Notable Natives
  • Marian Anderson
  • Kevin Bacon
  • John Barrymore
  • David Brenner
  • Wilt Chamberlain
  • Bill Cosby
  • John Coltrane
  • Kim Delaney
  • Richard Gere
  • Allen Iverson
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Margaret Mead
  • Pink
  • Jill Scott
  • Will Smith
Local Slang
  • Ac-a-me: Acme brand supermarket
  • Blue Route: I-476
  • Gun-al: Canoli
  • The Linc: Lincoln Financial Field (home of the Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Main Line: Philadelphia's main suburbs extending west of the city limits along Lancaster Avenue. Haverford is one of them
  • Plug: Fire hydrant
Points of Interest
  • Chinatown
  • Old City Historical District
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Rittenhouse Square and other urban parks
  • Rodin Museum
  • South Street
Shopping Centers
  • King of Prussia Mall
  • Suburban Square
Movie Theaters
AMC Plymouth Meeting 12
500 W Germantown Pke.
Plymouth Meeting
(610) 397-0784
Movie Theaters
United Artists
232 Mall Blvd.
King of Prussia
(610) 337-0282
Major Sports Teams
  • Philadelphia 76ers: basketball
  • Philadelphia Eagles: football
  • Philadelphia Flyers: hockey
  • Philadelphia Phillies: baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • New York City: NY: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Philadelphia: PA: 20 minutes
  • Washington: D.C.: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 13 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 13 responses

  • 23% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 46% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 15% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 15% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 13 responses

  • 92% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 8% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 13 responses

  • 23% Totally.
  • 46% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 31% No way.
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