The College owns a number of houses and apartments which are rented to full-time members of the instructional staff. Part-time faculty with appointments of half-time or greater are also eligible for housing, as availability permits. The Provost's Office is responsible for the assignment of college housing. Inquiries concerning availability and assignment of housing should be made to Marcia Brown in the Provost's Office.
Apartments and houses are normally leased for an initial ten-month period, usually September 1 through June 30. Requests to take possession of new lodgings mid-to-late August (and occasionally earlier) to settle in before classes begin will be accommodated whenever possible.
After the initial year, leases are renewed on a year-to-year basis, running from July 1 through June 30.
Instructional staff whose appointments at the College end are expected to vacate housing by June 30. This allows facilities staff the time to perform any necessary work in the unit to ready it for the next tenant. Requests to remain longer than June 30 must be approved by the Provost's Office.
Requests for repairs or renovations should be directed to the Facilities Office by emailing "workbox" or by calling Carolyn Vance at x8280. In the case of an urgent request in off-hours (a situation that cannot wait until the next business day), call Public Safety at 610-328-8333. There are facilities staff on call at all times to assist with urgent problems.
More information about College rental housing is available in the Handbook for Instructional Staff [pdf]. Any questions can be directed to Marcia Brown.
The College Faculty Mortgage Loan program permits 20, 25, 30 or 40-year monthly amortizing first mortgage loans of up to 100% of the College appraised value (subject to a cap based on the average sale price of homes in Swarthmore over the prior three years) for homes which are within one and one-half miles of Parrish Hall or in Chester City or Media Borough to tenured members of the faculty or other full-time members of the faculty who have continuing appointments at the College. The interest rate on such mortgage loans is reviewed and updated on a quarterly basis by the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer.
All mortgages must be paid off in full within 360 days of the termination of employment for any reason (death, retirement, or severance).
Detailed arrangements about the terms of mortgage loans should be discussed with the Vice President for Facilities and Services before the faculty member enters a purchase agreement.