COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Villanova is part of a thriving and robust community that features several options for dining, entertainment, culture and a vast network of parks and recreational activities.

 

 

Local Initiatives

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Villanova invites you to participate in two new initiatives in the local community:

  • Shop Small Business: Many of the items you might typically buy online or at big box stores are available at your local shops as well. Buy local and support small business owners!
  • Take Out Tuesday: Most restaurants have found a way to continue serving during this difficult time, and many have expanded curbside pickup or delivery options. Now is the perfect time to order from your favorite restaurant, or to try somewhere new!  

Visit restaurants and shops in Ardmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Radnor and Wayne throughout the semester to support the local economies, communities and neighborhoods.

Don’t Forget: When in the local community, it is important to abide by the CARITAS Commitment and state guidelines by wearing a mask and social distancing.

 

 

 

LOCAL TOWNS AND COMMUNITIES

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Numerous businesses are within walking and driving distance to Villanova's campus. Places like Lancaster Avenue, Suburban Square in Ardmore and the Villanova Center adjacent to campus offer countless options for sipping coffee with friends, grabbing ice cream, shopping and more. King of Prussia and the City of Philadelphia are short driving distances away from Villanova’s campus and offer day trip opportunities such as visiting museums or catching a professional sports game. Start finding your favorite spots!

Ardmore and Suburban Square

Suburban Square, located in Ardmore, is a pedestrian-friendly, densely packed retail area. Suburban Square is home to many different businesses including a Farmer’s Market, Trader Joe’s, a 70,000 square foot LifeTime Athletic and countless retail stores and restaurants. There is plenty of outdoor seating which allows for family-fun events including Ardmore Restaurant Week, Oktoberfest and a chili cook-off.   

Ardmore’s signature Clover Market is held three weekends in the spring and two weekends in the fall featuring vintage goods and artisan wares. 

Ardmore can be accessed via the Ardmorestop on SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line.

Bryn Mawr 

The town of Bryn Mawr runs along Route 30 in the heart of the Main Line where you'll find many family-owned businesses, boutiques, restaurants and more.  

Bryn Mawr can be accessed via the Bryn Mawr stop on SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line.

Wayne

Wayne is one of the many wonderful shopping and dining towns along the Main Line. Located in Radnor Township, guests can stroll around town and enjoy a wide selection of fashion boutiques, restaurants, spas and other merchants. With more than a dozen restaurants and bars located along Restaurant Row, there is something for all palates. 

Wayne can be accessed via the Wayne stop on SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line.  

King of Prussia Mall

The King of Prussia Mall is the second-largest shopping mall in the United States and located just six miles from Villanova. Featuring a diverse mix of over 450 stores, the King of Prussia Mall has something for everyone. Additionally, a variety of dining options are available at three food courts and multiple sit-down restaurants in and around the mall.  

The King of Prussia Mall is located at the junction of Routes 202, 76, 422 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike and can also be reached via public transportation.  

King of Prussia Town Center

King of Prussia Town Center is a retail center located at The Village at Valley Forge, a large-scale development project comprised of Wegmans, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and five new residential developments. 

Major retailers including Nordstrom Rack, Ulta, REI and LA Fitness surround a vibrant Main Street lined with a mix of dining, retail and service providers. You can find open green space with various outdoor events throughout the year at the Town Center.

Valley Forge Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park is the site of the third winter encampment of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War which took place from December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778. Today, the National Park Service preserves the site which sits on 3,500 acres of land and contains historical buildings, recreated encampment structures, memorials, museums and recreational facilities. The Park has over a million visitors each year and provides 26 miles of hiking and biking trails that are connected to a robust regional trails system. Wildlife watching, fishing and boating on the nearby Schuylkill River also are popular.  

Valley Forge Park cannot be accessed by public transportation. 

Philadelphia

The birthplace of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, Philadelphia is full of museums, vibrant parks, national historic sites and famous food. Take time to check out a Phillies baseball game, visit the Liberty Bell in Old City and try Philadelphia’s most famous cheesesteaks! 

Philadelphia can be accessed through various public transportation outlets via SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line, the Norristown High Speed Line and various buses. The Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line provides the most direct access to Center City Philadelphia.

Manayunk 

Located 10 miles from Villanova, Manayunk is nestled along the banks of the Schuylkill River, the Manayunk Canal and Tow Path. The commercial district is lined with renovated Victorian storefronts and mill buildings giving visitors an urban experience with small-town charm. Manayunk is home to countless restaurants and shops and known for its fun outdoor events such as the Street Food Festival, Dog Days of Summer, Manayunk Arts Festival and more. 

 

 

RESTAURANTS AND RETAIL ACCEPTING WILDCARD

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Villanova Wildcard

Villanova’s Wildcard is a one-stop-shop for convenient, efficient, mobile and secure access to all card-related servicespersonal identification, facilities access, debit transactions, meal plan administration, banking relationship management and mobile transaction processing.  

Nova Bucks are funds that are deposited onto your Wildcard at any time via cash, check, debit and credit cards and allows students to enjoy the convenience of purchasing power at Villanova and in the surrounding community without carrying cash or cards.

Wildcard is accepted on-campus and at many select off-campus locations, indicated below:

7-Eleven
969 Glenbrook Avenue 
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 
(610) 525-4350 
http://www.7-eleven.com/

Acme Market
601 Lancaster Avenue 
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 
http://www.acmemarkets.com/

Carlino's
2616 East County Line Road 
Ardmore, PA 19003 
(610) 649-4046 
www.carlinosmarket.com

Giant
550 East Lancaster Avenue 
St. Davids, PA 19087 
(610) 989-0781 
www.giantfoodstores.com

Armani Salon
1219 Lancaster Avenue 
Rosemont, PA 19010 
http://www.aidaarmani.com/

Aroma Nails & Spa
821 East Lancaster Avenue 
Villanova, PA 19085 
610-520-1579

Behold Salon and Spa
134 North Wayne Avenue  
Wayne, PA 19087 
610-230-0709 
www.beholdsalonandspa.com

Salon A
912 West Lancaster Avenue 
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 
(610) 527-3315 
www.salonabrynmawr.com

*CVS Pharmacy - Rosemont
1218 E. Lancaster Avenue
Rosemont, PA 19087
(610) 519-1920    

CVS Pharmacy – Ardmore
44 Greenfield Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
(610) 658-0740   

CVS Pharmacy – Wayne
316 E. Lancaster Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087
(610) 688-8852

Parvin’s Pharmacy
30 N. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 525-0443    

Rite Aid Pharmacy
705 W. Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 527-3603

*Rosemont Pharmacy
1149 Lancaster Avenue
Rosemont, PA 19010
(610) 525-0927

* VU Shuttle service to the starred pharmacies.

Antonella's Italian Kitchen
841 Conestoga Road
Rosemont, PA 19010
(610) 526-1966
http://www.antonellaskitchen.com/

The Bagel Factory
968 County Line Road
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 520-2221
www.bruegger.com

Campus Corner
829 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
(610) 527-3606
http://www.campuscornerpizza.com/

Carlino's
2616 East County Line Road
Ardmore, PA 19003
(610) 649-4046
www.carlinosmarket.com

Domino's Pizza
1215 Lancaster Avenue
Rosemont, PA 19010
(610) 527-3434
www.dominos.com

Dunkin' Donuts - Ardmore
12 Greenfield Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
(610) 649-3684
www.dunkindonuts.com

Dunkin' Donuts - Bryn Mawr
596 West Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 519-1380
www.dunkindonuts.com

Dunkin' Donuts - Wayne
110 East Lancaster Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087
(484) 580-6264
www.dunkindonuts.com

Little Basil
906 Conestoga Road
Rosemont, PA 19010
(610) 525-4210
www.littlebasilrosemont.com

Jimmy John's
226 North Radnor Chester Road
Radnor, PA 19087
(610) 995-0900
www.jimmyjohns.com

Juice Pod
1005 West Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(484) 222- 6469
www.thejuicepod.com

Playa Bowls
150 Lancaster Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087
(484) 580-2157
www.playabowls.com

Rosie's Coffee
350 Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085

Snap Kitchen
775 East Lancaster Avenue- Suite 120
Villanova, PA 19085
(215) 845-0026
www.snapkitchen.com

Starbucks- Wayne
218 East Lancaster Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087
(610) 254-5062
www.starbucks.com

Vic's Sushi to Go
1084 Lancaster Avenue
Rosemont, PA 19010
(610) 525-8427
www.rosemontvicsushi.com

Wingers
819 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
(610) 519-0300
www.wingersvillanova.com

Bryn Mawr Delaware Valley Tennis Academy
4 North Warner Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 527-4969
https://www.dvta.com

Azie on Main
789 East Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
http://www.azieonmain.com/

Ekta Indian Cuisine
1003 Lancaster Avenue 
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 581-7070
http://www.ektaindianrestaurant.com

First Watch Restaurants
775 East Lancaster Avenue- Suite 120
Villanova, PA 19085
(610) 527-3447
www.firstwatch.com

Five Guys Burgers and Fries
311 East Lancaster Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087
(610) 971-9300
www.fiveguys.com

Casablanca Restaurant
1047 West Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(484) 380-3911
www.casablancamainline.com

Harvest Seasonal Grill
555 East Lancaster Avenue
Radnor, PA 19087
(484) 584-4975
www.harvestseasonalgrill.com

Hip City Veg
232 North Radnor Chester Road
Radnor, PA 19087
(610) 601-8484
www.hipcityveg.com

Honeygrow
230 North Radnor Chester Road
Wayne, PA 19087
(610) 688-8393
www.honeygrow.com

Jules Thin Crust Pizza
114 East Lancaster Avenue 
Wayne, PA 19087 
(484) 580-8003 
www.julesthincrust.com

Lovebird
1086 East Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(484) 222-6554
www.lovebirdpa.com

Margaret Kuo's Wayne
175 East Lancaster Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087
(610) 688-7200
www.margaretkuo.com

Minella's Diner
320 Lancaster Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087
(610) 687-1575
http://www.minellasdiner.com/

Nova Grill
815 East Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
(610) 525- 4745
www.novagrill.com

Oath Pizza
59 St. James Place
Ardmore, PA 19003
(484) 417-6054
www.oathpizza.com

Pietro's Pizzeria
236 North Radnor Chester Road
Radnor, PA 19087
(484) 367-7072
www.pietrosradnor.com

Pizzarella Grille
958 County Line Road
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 525-2200
www.pizarellagrilleofbrynmawr.com

Pizzi's Pizza
1025 Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 525-4811
www.pizzispizza.com

Samurai Japanese Restaurant
1201 West Lancaster Avenue
Rosemont, PA 19010
(610) 525-8000

Smashburger
550 East Lancaster Avenue
Radnor, PA 19087
(610) 200-5225
www.smashburger.com

Snap Custom Pizza- Rosemont
1125 East Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 581-7010
www.snapcustompizza.com

Sushi Land
861 Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 527-5427
http://www.sushiland.us/ver2/index.php

Turning Point
925 West Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(484) 222-6176
https://turningpoint.biz

Zesto Pizza and Grill
908 Conestoga Road
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
610-527-8500
www.zestopizzaandgrill.com

 

Hope's Cookies
1125 W. Lancaster Avenue
Rosemont, PA 19010
(610) 527-4488
http://www.hopescookies.com/

Insomnia Cookies
1084 East Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(877) 632-6654
www.insomniacookies.com

 

Additional Resources
We want to provide the best experience possible for our students and community members. Below are helpful resources and tools to get started with off-campus housing needs.

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