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Getting Around

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Department Overview

Swarthmore College is well situated in the suburbs of Philadelphia and off-campus opportunities are endless. Whether you want to volunteer in Chester, take music lessons in the city, or explore King of Prussia, one of the largest shopping malls in the United States, our shuttle system SEPTA partnership is there for the times you need to venture a further bit afield.

Swarthmore College’s participation in SEPTA’s Key Advantage UPass Program enhances the living and learning experience for students at the College and strengthens our commitment to sustainability by encouraging the use of public transportation. This pilot program makes it easier for students to access the city of Philadelphia and surrounding counties by offering a free public transportation pass, the SEPTA Key Card, for use during the academic year. 

Your Key Card can be used anywhere on SEPTA’s network of subways, buses, trolleys, and regional rail lines during the fall and spring semesters — September through December and February through May. During those months, your pass will be valid at all times and on all services provided by SEPTA, with a 240-ride limit per month (8 rides per day). During off months — January, June, July, and August — your Key Card will still be active, but you will need to load your own funds if you wish to use it.

More information on the UPass Program can be found on the OneCard Site. 

Downtown Swarthmore

Visit the Ville for a variety of shops, services, and events!


Linvilla Orchards

At this 300-acre farm in nearby Media, Pa., you can "pick-your-own," go on a hayride, and shop at their Farm Market.


"Work. Party. Eat."

A great guide to life in Philadelphia, with information on food, jobs, arts and entertainment, and more.