Residential Life-East Falls Campus

Off-Campus Housing

Thomas Jefferson University’s East Falls Campus community has a thriving commuter population, mostly comprised of upperclassmen and transfer students. See frequently asked questions about off-campus living below. If you still have questions, contact us at tju_ef_reslife@jefferson.edu.

Visit offcampus.jefferson.edu to create an account using your University e-mail address. After verifying your e-mail address, you will have access to search the listings using many filters including neighborhood, rate, number of bedrooms, etc. You may also search the site to see options all over Philadelphia. We encourage you to use the East Falls campus filter if you wish to see spaces closer to the campus.  Alternatively, you can search the entire list but limit only to neighborhoods from which you are interested in commuting.  Below, please find nearby neighborhoods and their distance from campus. 

  • East Falls (<1 mi)
  • Manayunk (2.1 mi)
  • Germantown (2.7 mi)
  • Airy/Chestnut Hill (3.7 mi)
  • Roxborough (4.2 mi)
  • Brewerytown (5 mi)
  • Fairmount (6 mi)
  • West Philadelphia (7 mi)
  • Center City (8+ mi)

While rentals in the area are typically reserved further in advance, many returning students will begin looking in March or April.  Apartment complexes in the area typically have vacancies posted as they become open. Many students report that 6-8 weeks is an optimal time to reserve a space, but housing is readily available in the area even for last-minute leasing. 

If you are living off-campus but wish to park your car at the East Falls campus, you need to register your car with Security. Check out our parking guide.

You may find your roommate through Jefferson’s accepted student network, during a campus event prior to matriculation, or you can seek out a roommate at offcampus.jefferson.edu. You can create a profile and search for roommates under the “Roommates” tab.

Absolutely! Meal plan selection for commuter students is available through the Housing Portal, (linked in the sidebar) the week before classes begin. You can read more about the meal plan options on the Dining Services website.

Rent in the area will vary greatly based on neighborhood, housing type (rent apartment vs rent house), number of roommates, and amenities. Under the “Resources” tab on offcampus.jefferson.edu, you will find an option to create your off-campus budget. You can then limit your search to rates that are within your budget. 

We have programming focused on commuter life, which includes events like Commuter Appreciation Week and a C-Cash auction where students can win prizes for attending on-campus events. We also have Commuter Assistants who advocate for commuter students. To get in touch with a CA or learn about upcoming events, students can either stop by Kanbar 317 during office hours or reach out via email at TJU_EF_CommuterLife@jefferson.edu