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Campus life at Widener University

The beautifully landscaped campus, located just south of Philadelphia, is a great place to live, study and have fun. Widener University has a close-knit, supportive, high-energy community where you'll find something to capture your interest every day.

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Dynamic student activities

Students enjoying life at Widener University in PhiladelphiaCampus life at Widener University reflects the diverse interests and talents of its students - who come from 26 countries. About 30% of first years play on an athletic team, and 41% of students are involved in student-run clubs, or campus leadership activities. An inspiring cultural atmosphere offers creative outlets - theater, music, creative writing, exhibitions - for performers and visual artists.

Excellent campus facilities and services

The University offers many facilities and resources for students, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, award-winning dining halls and on-site art gallery and observatory. Here are some of the places that will be important to you as you start your life as an international student at University in Philadelphia:

Campus map for Widener University in Philadelphia

Learning Center When you first arrive, you will join New Student Orientation programs at the Learning Center. Orientation gives you the information you need to adjust to student life in the USA.
Health Services Student Health Services gives treatment if you are sick, and support with the healthcare system in the USA. They refer you to off-campus specialists or hospitals if you need more care.
Counseling Services If you are feeling homesick, having trouble adjusting to student life in the USA, Student Counseling Services will help you get back on track! More about services for student support
The HUB The HUB is just off-campus but so close it feels like part of the University! There is a convenience store, bank, 60-room hotel, police substation, and off-campus housing (available to graduate student at the International Study Center). The hotel is the best place for visiting family to stay.
Wellness Center The University's fitness center is perfect for a workout before or after classes. There is also a climbing wall!
Library The University Library is the best place to find a quiet place to study, search for books and materials to support your studies, or browse the audio and multimedia collections.
University Center Widener University's student center has it all! Dining services, bookstore, post office, student lounge, and residence offices. It's a 'one-stop-shop' for many of your daily needs.
Lipka Hall Home to many important offices including Campus Safety, Registration Services, and Student Accounts Office.
Old Main The heart of Widener University and the most impressive building on campus. The University President's office is also located here.

Campus safety

Open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, Campus Safety Services provides:

Transportation

A student shuttle bus runs both on and off campus. Buses circulate around the main campus, 3 times an hour (6pm-1am on weekdays, until 2am on weekends).

For details on how to get to and from Philadelphia and other big cities in the USA, please visit our Maps and travel page.

Security

  • Closed circuit surveillance cameras
  • 58 emergency call boxes across campus
  • Late night escort service for individual protection
  • Emergency transportation to nearby medical facilities
  • Emergency notification system (E2Campus Alerts)
  • Bike patrol unit
  • Evening student patrol
  • Card access control for residence halls
Virtual tour of Widener University in Philadelphia

Campus life

Widener student on backpacking trip
"At Widener, we do some pretty awesome things - and we have lots of fun doing them! We go backpacking in the Appalachian Mountains. We campaign for local candidates, and help struggling families file their tax returns. We build houses for Habitat for Humanity chapters across the USA. We help implement environmental awareness campaigns around the region. We perform dance routines at Philadelphia 76ers half-time shows. We play rugby, sing gospel and choral music, and act in theater performances."