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Villanova University is 12 miles west of Center City Philadelphia in the heart of the historic Main Line. Located near the intersection of two major interstate highways, I-76 and I-476, Villanova's campus is easily accessible by car, commuter train, trolley, or bus. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is located 20 miles from campus.
Villanova University is located at
800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Visitors to the Office of University Admission should plan to arrive to campus at least 20 minutes prior to the beginning of the information session or tour they plan to attend in order to allow adequate time for parking, check-in, and to be directed to the session location.
All Admission visitors should park in Lot L-2 along Lancaster Avenue, which is easily accessed via St. Thomas Way. Should there not be available parking in that lot, overflow parking will be available in the Ithan Garage I-1, which is just south of the Ithan Ave./Lancaster Ave. intersection. To obtain a parking permit, please be sure to register in advance for your visit.
The Office of University Admission is located on the ground level of Austin Hall.
Villanova University's $225 million Design Concept for Lancaster Avenue project is transforming the main parking lots along Lancaster Avenue into a stunning new space that features residence halls, retail, new parking, a pedestrian bridge and a performing arts center. As a result, you will experience construction as part of your visit to campus.
Transformation of the Campus Landscape: Villanova is in Phase IV of its plan to modify the layout of the campus grounds to enhance the quality of life for Villanova community members and to enhance the visitor experience. The modifications create a carefully-designed campus core that is highly-integrated, vehicle-free, pedestrian-friendly, more accessible to people with different mobility needs, and more aesthetically beautiful.
SEPTA Improvements: The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and Villanova University are working to modernize Villanova Station on the Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line. This project includes construction of a new, wider pedestrian tunnel with access ramps and stairs, new signage, lighting, high-level platforms, new canopies and other passenger amenities. This project is scheduled to be complete in Winter 2018.
From New York and New England: Take the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) to Exit 6 (Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276) Exit). Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276) Westbound to Exit 20 (Mid-County Interchange) I-476 South/Chester. Follow I-476 South to Exit 13 (Villanova/St. Davids). At the bottom of ramp turn right and proceed east on Lancaster Avenue (US-30) for just under a half mile to St. Thomas Way and turn right for parking.
From the West: Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) to Exit 326 - Valley Forge. Take I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) to Exit 331A (I-476 South/Chester). Follow I-476 South to Exit 13 (Villanova/St. Davids). At the bottom of ramp turn right and proceed east on Lancaster Avenue (US-30) for just under a half mile to St. Thomas Way and turn right for parking.
From the South: Take I-95 North to Exit 7 (I-476 (Blue Route) North-Plymouth Meeting). Take I-476 (Blue Route) North to Exit 13 (Villanova/St. Davids) Lancaster Avenue) to Route 30 East, also known as Lancaster Avenue. At the bottom of ramp turn right and proceed east on Lancaster Avenue (US-30) for just under a half mile to St. Thomas Way and turn right for parking.
Via Regional Rail: Take SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line to Villanova Station - located directly on campus. Take the pedestrian tunnel under the tracks and walk up the hill through the walkway under Mendel Science Center and proceed to the top of the hill, passing Old Falvey on your left. When you reach the brick pathway, follow the diagonal path around the fountain and through the Campus Green to the Office of Admission in Austin Hall.
Via Trolley: SEPTA's Norristown High Speed Line travels between Norristown and 69th Street Terminal. You may get on or off the trolley at the Villanova Station. Walk north toward the twin spires of the St. Thomas of Villanova Church (pictured above). Proceed across Lancaster Avenue toward the Church. Once in front of the Church, turn right and walk past the Augustinian Cemetery on your left, following signs to the Office of University Admission, located on the ground level of Austin Hall. Austin Hall is the second building to the right of the Church.
Arrange to fly into Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), which is located approximately 20 miles from the Villanova campus. From the airport you have several options:
Rental Car: (or other private transportation): When leaving the airport, follow the signs for I-95 South. Take I-95 South to Exit 7 (I-476 (Blue Route) North-Plymouth Meeting). Take I-476 (Blue Route) North to Exit 13 (US 30 - St. Davids/Villanova). At the bottom of ramp turn right and proceed east on Lancaster Avenue (US-30) for just over one-half mile to Ithan Avenue and turn left. Proceed half a block north on Ithan Avenue and the University Main Gate will be on your left.
Train: Ask the attendant at the airport baggage counter to direct you to the train station. SEPTA Airport Line trains stop at all Philadelphia International Airport terminals, and reach Center City Philadelphia in approximately 25 minutes. Fares can be purchased prior to boarding via a kiosk in the airport using a credit card (more info). Fares purchased on-board trains are cash only and be sure to tell the conductor your final destination (Villanova Station) when you are paying your fare. Plan to have approximately $10 for each passenger. If you intend to take more than one trip that day, your best value would be to purchase a one-day Independence Pass from the conductor ($13 individual or $30 family-good for up to 5 people traveling together), which is good for unlimited rides on all trains, buses, subways and trolleys for that day only.
At 30th Street Station, change trains and board the SEPTA Paoli/Thorndale Line train to Villanova Station - directly on campus. See further instructions above.
Taxi: All taxi services can be accessed at Zone 5 outside of each terminal baggage claim area. You should expect to pay $50 or more for a trip to Villanova. All taxis accept credit cards.
Uber: Uber airport pick-up will depend upon which vehicle type is selected. Please click here for more information. Estimated rates from PHL to Villanova University: UberSUV ($94-121), uberX ($31-40), uberPOOL ($32-33)