Opened in 2004, Alice Paul (AP) is named for Swarthmore alum and suffragette activist Alice Stokes Paul. AP sits at the foot of campus between its brother dorm, David Kemp (DK), and the Septa train station. AP is home to students from all four classes, though it mostly houses first-years (in doubles and triples) and seniors. Rooms have vinyl floors, off-white walls and large windows; the hallways are carpeted. AP is known for its six loft-style rooms, doubles with two-story windows that occupy portions of the top two floors. Residents of Alice Paul are conveniently close to downtown Swarthmore, but still well within reach of campus amenities. Alice Paul and David Kemp share a courtyard, complete with a grill that often hosts barbeques. Alice Paul's large main lounge is often the site of small performances and social gatherings. Due to the nature of the paint on AP's walls, please plan to purchase adhesives from the College Bookstore for affixing posters/pictures to the walls.
Dana is a modern dorm set just on the edge of the Crum woods, right next to Hallowell, a nearly identical dorm. Together, "Danawell" share a joint lounge in a trailer that hosts activities from TV-watching to group meetings to parties. Doubles, home to mostly first-years and some sophomores, are spacious but can be dim due to the wooded setting - bringing extra lighting is advised. Singles are home to mostly juniors and some seniors. Some rooms have dressers that are built into the closets. Walls are white cement block. Almost all rooms are carpeted, with the exception of rooms ending in 13, 14, 15 and 16. The large bay windows tend to admit some cold air in the winter, so a few blankets or an electric blanket are a must. Rooms on the top three floors have picture rails in the room for hanging pictures.
The College's newest residence hall, David Kemp (DK), opened in Fall 2009. DK's residents are mostly first-years and juniors in doubles/triples and seniors in singles. Rooms are generally spacious with tile floors and white walls. Each floor has two wings -- one closer to Sharples Dining Hall and comprised primarily of double rooms, and a second closer to Chester Road that consists of mostly singles. David Kemp shares a courtyard with its sister residence hall, Alice Paul. Its second-floor lounge is a popular spot for social gatherings.
See above description for Dana.
Kyle is the cozy home of 8 students, located next to the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility and a minute's walk from the Science Center. There are 4 singles and 2 doubles, all of which are available as blocks. Kyle has hardwood floors.
The Lodges are four individual cottage rowhomes located between Worth residence hall and Bond Memorial Hall. Each Lodge is comprised of a 1st floor triple and a 2nd floor double. All five residents of each Lodge share one bathroom on the 2nd floor. Each Lodge is available as a block. Use of the basement level is not permitted.
Few dorms at Swarthmore possess as much history and character as Mary Lyon (ML); as an ML RA observes, "It feels more like a bed and breakfast than a dorm." ML is known for its homey atmosphere, distinctive community spirit and spacious rooms with hardwood floors and private bathrooms. The dorm is located 10-15 minutes' walk from the center of campus, so many residents utilize an indoor storage room for bicycles in the building, as well as the van shuttle service, operated by the college in the morning and evening, which makes frequent runs between campus, ML and other off-campus residence halls. Mary Lyon also has a large kitchen and dining area, where a student-run kitchen serves the best breakfasts on campus each weekend and is open to all Swarthmore students. At other times, this room is used for large group activities and parties.
Just up the hill from David Kemp and Alice Paul, Mertz holds students from all four classes. There are three floors in the building, each containing a lounge/kitchenette area. Doubles, home to first-years and the occasional juniors, are fairly large, with walk-in closets. Most rooms are carpeted, walls are painted cinder block and there are shades on the windows. Mertz is the only dorm that remains open during the winter break, meaning that Mertz residents will likely have another student using their room during that time - they are not expected to move their belongings, however.
Located at the center of campus, iconic Parrish is Swarthmore's original building. While the first and second floors are home to administrative offices, the third and fourth house single-sex halls, with men living in the west wing and women in the east. Parrish contains a large number of singles for upper-class students. Rooms for incoming students are primarily triples, with a few doubles. High ceilings and large windows make third floor rooms quite airy. Most rooms are uncarpeted and windows have shades. Closet space is limited. The basement laundry room has bike storage as well.
Palmer and Pittenger are the first two in a trio of small dorms (PPR) that bridge the campus and the town of Swarthmore. Just on the other side of the train tracks, a quick walk away from the athletic center and the shops in the Ville, Palmer and Pittenger provide a quiet and "homey" environment. The dorms have a mix of doubles and singles. Palmer holds a a spacious kitchen and lounge that is shared with the connected dorm, Pittenger. Most residents use hall bathrooms, which are gender neutral. All rooms have tile floors. PPR is also serviced by the campus shuttle, even though the walk to classes is manageable (about 10 minutes walk). PPR is an especially enjoyable and comfortable space for friend groups to block and/or live together.
See Palmer description (above).
Roberts is the third in the PPR trio of dorms, though it differs significantly from its neighbors in layout and atmosphere. Roberts consists of singles, doubles, and/or triples arranged into suites, accommodating up to five people sharing a semi-private bathroom. Most rooms are awarded in blocks, making this a nice place to live with close friends. A spacious and complete kitchen flows into a very large common area - the center of hall life in a dorm of private suites. Rooms each have their own unique character, but are generally spacious with plenty of windows and high ceilings.
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Rooms in Strath Haven are condo units, located on several different floors of a large condominium complex. Doubles have kitchen access, while singles do not; all have private bathrooms. Residents may purchase cable TV service and have access to free laundry. Rooms are air-conditioned. The Strath Haven Condo Association has rules and regulations with which students must comply. To see a copy of the rules, please contact the current Strath Haven RA. Residents (students and non-students) are often more sensitive to noise and other disruptions than neighbors might be in a traditional dorm. The condos are approximately a 10-15 minute walk from classes and are serviced by the campus shuttle. Students living in Strath Haven are allowed to decline the College meal plan.
Wharton, centrally located and with beautiful views of the Crum and the amphitheatre, is divided into three sections, two of which house first-year students. Many of the remaining rooms are singles for upper-class students. Incoming students live in doubles, which can be large, or quints of two or three-rooms. Floors are carpeted (except rooms 101-104) and windows have shades. Closet space can be limited. Some rooms have very few electrical outlets, so UL-certified extension cords are a must. There are picture rails in the rooms for hanging pictures, so bring S hooks for hanging. There are many small lounges scattered around the building, and a main lounge in the central section.
Willets is home to mostly first-year students and sophomores (with a sprinkling of juniors), making it one of the livelier dorms on campus. It typically houses a quarter of the entering class and can be an excellent place to meet fellow incoming students. Almost all rooms are doubles with carpets and white curtains. Rooms have large windows and adequate closet space. Particularly extensive lounge space makes for attractive study and social spaces.
Woolman is located in a residential neighborhood next to campus -- approximately 5 minutes' walk from the Science Center. Woolman is typically home to a combination of sophomores, juniors and seniors; students may block into Woolman in friend groups. Each floor has several residents' rooms and shared bathrooms. All rooms have hardwood floors, and most rooms have large windows. Woolman is on the campus shuttle route.
Worth houses upperclassmen in singles, two-room doubles, and the occasional two-room triple. The building is split into six separate sections with interconnected indoor passageways. Bathrooms are semi-private and gender neutral. Residents enjoy views of a scenic courtyard that in warmer weather is often used for evening social gatherings. In the words of several Worth RAs: "Worth: where the Willets kids go when they grow up."