ELS Philadelphia is located close to downtown Philadelphia on the stunning, suburban campus of Saint Joseph’s University. Philadelphia is the fifth-largest city in the country and attracts nearly 40 million visitors per year. Using the city’s extensive public transport system, you can enjoy Philadelphia’s culture, iconic sights, professional sports, dining, shopping and entertainment.
Modern, two-story building with administrative and classroom space, student lounge, and computer lab
Parking lot directly in front of Center (with permit)
Center is within walking distance of many restaurants/coffee shops, student union, student bookstore, and other University amenities
On-campus dorms within a 5-minute walk of the ELS Center
Dorms offer 24-hour security with key card access
Free shuttle service to stores, restaurants, and apartments provided for dorm students
Homestays are in residential, tree-lined neighborhoods, usually within walking distance or a short shuttle or bus ride to campus, while some students choose to bike.
ELS students usually have single rooms with a private or shared bathroom. All homes have heating and air conditioning, wireless internet, and access to kitchens and laundry.
Public transportation and shopping is convenient and nearby.
Cost per session
14 meals per week, usually breakfast and dinner. Families also allow students to use the kitchen to prepare their own food in addition to the provided meals.
Student Residence (On Campus)
Merion Gardens is conveniently located steps from Overbrook Train Station and within walking distance to SJU's Campus and ELS Center.Rooms include cookware, Wi-Fi, and linens; washer and dryer on each floor.
One bedroom apartment with 2 twin beds.
Shared bathroom (1 per apartment). Each apartment offers a furnished living room, dining area, and kitchen and has free, internet access. Rooms include 2 desks, 2 closets & 2 night tables. Linens are also included. Free coin-operated washers and dryers are located on each floor.
Security: Safety features include ID swipe entrance, 24-hour full-time security guard at desk at entrance;, and keys for each apartment. 24-hour Security Desk at entrance; Card access. A Resident Advisor is located on every floor.
Cost per session
Not included in the housing price. SJU Dining Hall within 15 min walking distance. Minimarket, pizza and neighborhood restaurants within 5 min walking distance