While we hope you are pumped about the diversity of activities available on campus, we hope you will also use your time as a Haverford student to explore Haverford, Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia, and the surrounding area. Haverford provides opportunities to make it easier for you to get off campus. For example, the Student Activities Office distributes free SEPTA (Philadelphia area public transit system) tokens and train tickets via online sign-up at the beginning of each week to enable students to get to know the city without spending money. Check out this link to find out where in Philly you could go: www.haverford.edu/activities/philly/. ‘Fords Against Boredom (FAB) also regularly sponsors trips to Philadelphia sports games, concerts, art galleries, and performances to help students become aquatinted with the area, and as with all FAB events, it’s all free! Eighth Dimension, Haverford’s community service office, is also a great resources for becoming more involved in the community on and off campus.
In terms of more about the area, Haverford and it’s nearby towns (walking distance), Ardmore and Bryn Mawr, are located on the Mainline, the area that encompasses all of the Philadelphia suburbs. While Haverford and Ardmore are relatively small, they are nice areas to walk around, eat out, shop, and get groceries. Some staples every Haverford student should know are within 5-10 minutes walking from campus about are as follows: Kiwi Frozen Yogurt, Bruegger’s Bagels, Saxby’s Coffee, CVS, Rite Aid, Chipotle, Wawa (kind of like seven eleven), iHop, and Trader Joe’s (particularly close to HCA).
Both Haverford and Ardmore (closer to HCA) have easy-access commuter rail train stations and high-speed rail stops, making it easy for students to get into Philly. If you don’t get free tickets from the Student Activities Office ahead of time, train tickets are $5 on-peak and $4 off-peak. High-speed rail tokens are $2 if you are not buying them in rolls, and for an extra $1 you can get a transfer that will enable you to get into center city. Philadelphia is a wonderful city and is completely worth exploring. Some areas I’d recommend becoming familiar with are University City (around Penn and Drexel), Rittenhouse Square, Logan Square (close to the Philadelphia Museum of Art), Love park, the old city, and the Italian market area. Looking forward to your arrival!