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The Philadelphia Region
Off Campus Housing
The campus is located just north of Philadelphia's city limits. Apartment and house rental costs vary depending on the area in which you rent.
Several area apartment complexes offer discounts for students.
Renting within the city limits is generally less expensive than in the suburbs, except in the Center City district. A one-bedroom apartment might range between $700-$900+ per month; a house might be $1000+. Two important factors to keep in mind if residing in the city are city-earned income tax on gross income and higher car insurance rates. The current earned income tax for residents of Philadelphia is 3.9296%. Non-residents who work in the city pay a 3.4997% earned income tax. [Pennsylvania State Earned Income Tax is 3.07% and Cheltenham Township Earned Income Tax is 1%.]
Monthly rental rates, including utilities, in the suburbs (i.e., Montgomery County, where Westminster is located) range between $600-$700 for a studio/efficiency apartment; $750-$1000 per month for a one-bedroom apartment; $800-$1200 for a two-bedroom apartment; and $900-$1200+ for a house. In most cases, one-month's rent plus a security deposit is required in advance.
It is very important for incoming students to set aside ample time for locating housing in the area. The time required to locate a room, apartment, or house will depend on the specific housing needs of the student, such as location and family size. The Admissions and Student Affairs offices recommend beginning the process as early as possible; trying to secure off-campus housing at the last minute often proves unsuccessful.
Additional resources are available via the links below. The various Montgomery County newspapers, all having generally the same classified section, list places for rent and sale within a 20-minute drive to the Seminary, as well as within a larger radius.
Joanna Bellinger Linda Ross
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. Quinn & Wilson Realtors
1108 B. N. Bethlehem Pike 1492 Old York Road
Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002 Abington, PA 19001
Office: (215) 591-5614 Office: (215) 885-7600
Cell: (267) 679-7773 Cell: (215) 870-9697
Timothy Bathurst Keith Humphreys
1917 Welsh Road 910 Harvest Drive, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19115 Blue Bell, PA 19422
Office: (215) 464-8800 Office: (215) 646-2498
Cell: (267) 249-0529 Cell: (215) 802-9732
See here for school dormitory information.