There are a lot of places to choose from in the nearby area, but the only problem is finding one in time. And remember, with the freedom of off-campus living comes bills and commuting. While Villanova is home to two rail lines and three train stations, getting to school can be a pain—it isn’t in walking distance, and transportation can get expensive. A popular place to live is the Courts in nearby Bryn Mawr, but the wait to get in is backed up several years. Problems aside, living off campus provides loads of freedom and proves to be a fun and memorable experience.
It’s not too hard to find a place, and Residence Life helps ease the transition to living on your own. At the beginning of each semester, Res Life posts housing opportunities and a checklist of things to look for when inspecting housing. Houses that are entirely rented out to college students sometimes have backyards, which offer more freedom and room to move around. Make sure the apartment or house fits what you are looking for, and make sure it’s suitable for living and the prices are fair. Get a feel for the neighborhood before choosing a place because some residents are not big fans of college students and will be quick to call the cops at any sign of a party, and the cops are even less friendly to college students.