Accommodations, Travel, Meals


Gratz college does not have housing available on campus. Students from out of town must make their own hotel reservations and pay providers directly.  


  • Sunday lunch is provided for all students and faculty whose classes begin on Sunday.
  • An optional lunch plan will be offered Monday-Thursday for an additional $65 fee during the July 14-19 week. 
  • All food provided by Gratz College is Kosher. If you have questions about supervision, please contact us.
  • Students not participating in the lunch plan may visit local restaurants as listed or pack a non-meat lunch.
  • Gratz College allows students to bring and eat dairy and vegetarian foods on campus. A student lounge is available with a fridge and microwave.
  • Hot and cold drinks and snacks will be provided daily during the July 14-19 week.


Gratz College is located at
7605 Old York Road
Melrose Park, PA 19027

* The college is located on the Mandell Campus.  The Gratz College parking lot entrance is located on the corner of Melrose Avenue and Old York Road.  

Train or Bus:  The college is walking distance from the Elkins Park train station stop.  See for more information regarding public transportation.

The Septa train is fairly easy to navigate and very affordable (you may need to have cash to pay on the train). After you get off the plane and you are on the airport moving sidewalks to pick up your baggage, you'll notice on your right about half way across, stairs leading down to the trains, a sign that says Trains to Center City (Septa). This is where you have to go back to after you pick up your bags.  Go down escalator to get bags. You can also ask at the Info desk at the baggage area if you don't see the sign. Trains leave every hour. On the *current* Sunday schedule, it looks like there is a 9:41 am, 10:41, etc. every hour (Warminster Line or West Trenton lines). Double check before you get on with the conductor that they stop at *Elkins Park*.  Once you get to the Elkins Park Station, you can walk to Gratz, or someone from Gratz will run over and pick you up. If possible, call the Gratz front desk for a ride a few stops before you get to Elkins Park (around Temple University) at 215-635-7300, ext. 0.

Plane:  If you are flying into Philadelphia International Airport, you can get on a Septa train at Airport Terminal A to the Elkins Park Station. This Washington Post article may be helpful in finding the best flight for you. 
*Gratz College is a member of Delta SkyBonus.  Students may use the Gratz College SkyBonus account to book flights using Delta
Gratz College SkyBonus ID:  US0086146 

Car: If you are driving, there is free parking on the Gratz campus.

Students have asked about transportation from the airport to the hotel or Gratz.  Tropiano is a company we have used.
For students who are staying at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fort Washington and have signed up for the shuttle, here is the schedule. 
Hilton Garden Inn Bus Shuttle Schedule
Sunday July 14
11:00 am leave HGI

6:45 pm pick up Gratz College

Monday July 15
8:00 am leave HGI
5:45 PM pick up Gratz College

Tuesday July 16
8:00 am leave HGI
5:45 leave Gratz College
7:30 pick up Gratz College

Wednesday July 17
8:00 am leave HGI
5:45 pick up Gratz College

Thursday July 18
8:00 am leave HGI
5:45 pick up Gratz College

Friday July 19
8:00 am leave HGI
1:15 Pick up Gratz College

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Restaurants and Grocery Options


A variety of restaurants are located within walking distance and a mile or two from Gratz College. Menus and assistance will be provided for those who wish to have lunch delivered to campus.

Marco Polo – Casual Italian

Subway - sandwiches

Alexander’s Café -  European charm

MORE Food Court - Asian cafeteria and market

Sang Kee – Chinese, Korean, Japanese

Elkins Perk – Coffee shop

Rolings Bakery – Kosher bakery

Goat House Creamery - Ice Cream, Coffee and Crepes

Cosi – sandwiches, salads and soups

Rose Petals Cafe - Breakfast / Brunch / Lunch

Park Plates – Inspired Mediterranean

Marzano Ristorante– Italian

Drake Tavern – Sports bar

West Avenue Grille – American style cuisine

Joey Tate's – traditional American fare

Outback Steakhouse - steakhouse

Chili's – Tex-Mex-style cuisine

Starbucks - coffee

ACME - grocery

TARGET – Starbucks inside

Shop Rite - grocery

Whole Foods - grocery

Trader Joe's - grocery

Panera Bread – sandwiches and salads

Jules Thin Crust- pizza

WAWA – coffee, snacks and fuel

Upper Crust Pizza - pizza

Espresso Café and Sushi Bar – Kosher dairy

Judah Mediterranean Grill – Kosher meat

Willow Grove Mall – TGI Fridays, The Cheesecake Factory, Food Court

GIANT – In-store supervised Kosher Rotisserie & Deli, Upper Moreland location only

Panera Bread –sandwiches and salads

Kitchen Bar – restaurant café

Chipotle – Mexican grill

Bernie's – casual dining, outside seating available

Activities and Tours in Philadelphia

Click here for Philadelphia area tourist information

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Contact Us:

Lunch questions:
Mindy Cohen, [email protected]

Questions regarding course registration:  
Debbie Aron, Registrar, [email protected]

Other questions:
Mindy Blechman, [email protected]