Friends of Villanova Program

Update 04/29/2022:

We are happy to announce the return of the Friends of Villanova program on Monday, June 6! 

As a reminder, the Friends of Villanova program provides access to designated University facilities and programs for residents of Radnor Township and select neighborhoods in Lower Merion Township that are contiguous to campus. Members must be 18 years of age or older. The highlight of the program is access to the fitness center in the Davis Center for Athletics and Fitness—and group exercise classes that take place in the Davis Center—on a space-available basis when campus is open.

Please be advised that some key aspects of the program have been updated:

Annual fee:

The new Friends of Villanova annual membership fee is $60. This is the first-ever increase in the program cost since its formal inception more than 15 years ago. The fee – representing $5 per month – will help offset costs related to program administration and fitness equipment maintenance. 

Registration Process:

Walk-in membership registrations and renewals no longer will be available. The registration process now will include an initial online component. After successfully completing that step, applicants will be prompted to visit the Wildcard Office in Dougherty Hall for in-person eligibility verification and ID card pick-up. The Friends of Villanova online application portal will open on Monday, May 23. An additional email with the link to the application portal will be sent at that time along with a post on the Villanova University Neighbor Updates Facebook page.

Starting June 6th, Friends of Villanova ID holders will be able to use the Fitness Center in the Davis Center. Friends of Villanova also will have access this summer to group Pilates Reformer classes in the Davis Center at a rate of $35 for 4 sessions.

Access to the Pavilion Pool, Villanova Stadium and Jake Nevin Field House is not available at this time. 

All updates, including hours of operation and facility availability, will be communicated via email, on our website, and Facebook page, @NovaNeighbors.

Thank you for your interest in the Friends of Villanova program. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to campus! 

Please contact Hally Ammons at 610.519.7455 or with questions. 


Aquatic Facility - Pavilion Pool

Visit the Aquatics Department website for pool hours.

*Please be advised that the Pavilion Pool is closed for recreational swim during the summer.
*Users under the age 18 may use the Aquatic Facilities but must be accompanied by an adult with a valid Friends of Villanova card.

Recreation Facilities - Jake Nevin Field House and Villanova Stadium Track

For Open Recreation Facility availability, visit the Villanova Recreation website.
*Users under the age 18 may use the Open Recreation Facilities but must be accompanied by an adult with a valid Friends of Villanova card..

Fitness Center - Davis Center for Athletics and Fitness

*Users must be 18 years of age or older and must have a valid Friends of Villanova card.

Due to the high volume of student usage, Friends of Villanova will have limited access to the Fitness Center in the Davis Center for Athletics and Fitness when Fall and Spring semester classes are in session.

Please note that there will be no usage restrictions during breaks or final exam periods.

Current hours of operation are posted on the Villanova Recreation website and changes are communicated via email.

Available Parking: The I-1 parking garage on the corner of Lancaster Avenue and Ithan Avenue is the on-campus parking option for Friends of Villanova using campus facilities or attending a campus event. 

ADA parking is located at Finneran Pavilion.

Parking Information: 

  • The first hour in the I-1 garage will be free of charge.
  • Current parking rates after the first hour may be found at Villanova's Parking and Transportation website.
  • Upon entry to the I-1 garage, pull a ticket and park on any of the first 3 floors. A pay machine accepting cash and credit is located by the Main Pedestrian Entrance/Exit on Floor 2. Exit Lanes only accept credit.