Main Line Area Information

Villanova’s Location

Villanova is located in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Located in Radnor Township, Delaware County, Villanova is a suburb of Philadelphia, approximately 12 miles west of Center City Philadelphia. Villanova is part of a string of small towns known as the “Main Line.” The Main Line refers to the suburbs located west of the city along the SEPTA Paoli/Thorndale train line. Some of the towns along the Main Line, include, Merion Station, Narberth, Wynnewood, Ardmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Rosemont, Villanova, Wayne, and Devon. Any of these towns would be no more than a 15-20 minute drive from Villanova’s campus. If you are using your GPS, you will want to use “800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085” to locate campus.


Finding our apartment or house can often seem daunting, especially when relocating from another city or state. There are many different apartment buildings and homes for rent throughout the region. On the main line alone, there are four different colleges so many of these apartment complexes are accustomed to working with graduate students. As a rule of thumb, the farther away you live from the Main Line and from Villanova, the cheaper your rent will be. However, this is not always the case and some towns such as Ardmore, Narberth, and Havertown (Delaware County) tend to be a bit less expensive and are very convenient to Villanova. Wayne, Devon, Conshohocken, Manayunk, and King of Prussia are also a little less expensive and are within 20 minutes’ drive.

The following approximations are monthly rental rates for the average apartment (not including utilities, although some apartments included utilities in the rent). Please keep in mind these are included to give you a general idea of what you can expect to pay in the area, although some rents will be lower or higher.

Studios/efficiencies:                       Starting at $800

One Bedrooms:                                Starting at $900

Two Bedrooms:                                Starting at $1100

Room Rental:                                   Starting at $500

Apartment vs. House

In this area there are many students who will live in a room or “apartment” in someone’s house. The rent in this situation is typically cheaper. In addition, sometimes students will get together and rent a house for a year. The best method for finding this type of option is to check our Graduate Student Housing Blog at:

Some of the popular areas that our graduate students live are:

-Main Line towns including, Narberth, Wynnewood, Ardmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Rosemont, Wayne, Devon

-Center City Philadelphia



-King of Prussia/Valley Forge*


*Not convenient if you do not have a car

Area apartment complex listings.

Please feel free to contact the Graduate Studies Office if you have any questions or concerns about where to live at