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How to Get Here & Where to Stay

View of Bell Tower

Getting to Campus

Swarthmore College is located 11 miles southwest from the city of Philadelphia in the borough of Swarthmore, Pa. The College is just a 30-minute drive from Philadelphia. New York and Washington, D.C. are 2-3 hours away. Please review our detailed directions for more information on how to get to campus. The GPS address for our main visitor parking lot is "Visitor's Center Rd, Swarthmore, PA 19081."


Once you arrive on campus, turn from North Chester Road onto Visitor Center Lane, and proceed to the visitor parking area in the Benjamin West parking lot. Your printed campus-visit email confirmation serves as your parking permit; display it on your dashboard. The Benjamin West House is the College's visitor information center. Staffed 24 hours a day, it is a good place to pick up a map and request walking directions.

Getting to the Admissions Office

The Admissions Office is located on the second floor of Parrish Hall, a 5–10 minute walk from the Benjamin West parking lot. To access walking directions to the Admissions Office from both visitor parking areas (Benjamin West and Whittier parking lots) online, select "Admissions Visitors" via the campus map. You may also print a copy of the campus map [PDF]


The Inn at Swarthmore sits at the foot of campus. Offering 40 guests rooms, several event spaces, and a 24 hour front desk, it is the most convenient lodging option for visitors. Special rates are available for guests of Swarthmore College based on availability.

The Inn's farm to table restaurant, The Broad Table Tavern, and the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store are conveniently located in the same building.

For other nearby accommodations and dining options, please see our Lodging Guide and Dining Guide.