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.
Home Purchase Assistance
Through the Home Purchase Assistance program, eligible faculty now have the opportunity receive College assistance if they choose to make their home within a range of locales in the thriving and diverse greater Philadelphia area, home to a vibrant mix of cultures, a top-notch culinary scene, and world class art and history museums. Swarthmore is easily accessible on the Media-Elwyn regional rail line, and in keeping with the College’s commitment to sustainability, the Home Purchase Assistance program also encourages our community members to take advantage of public transit at our doorstep.
Mortgage loans are administered by our participating lenders, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union and TIAA Financial Services, and subject to the underwriting policies of the financial institution. This loan is taxable, and 1/10th of the loan amount will be added to the employee's W-2 at each anniversary date of the loan. This program is subject to available resources.