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The Castle

Student Residence Policy

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All Freshman, Sophomore, and Juniors Live on Campus Unless They Qualify for Commuter Status

Living on campus provides students with unmatched access to resources and activities leading to better grades, higher graduation rates, and more time with friends! See the FAQs page for more information about the housing policy.

In 1884, Richard Wetherill built the impressive, Gothic revival residence located on the corner of 14th and Potter Streets. Widener University acquired the Castle in the 1970s and has used it as a sorority/themed housing residence hall ever since. Currently, the sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon reside here.

Room Details

  • Approximate room dimensions vary
  • Window measurements vary
  • Lighting is available, but no carpet
  • Furniture: Most rooms provide: two XL beds, two desks, two chairs, one dresser, and two armoires
  • Connectivity: Campus-wide WiFi, two Ethernet ports, and one cable television output 
  • Furniture and room layout may vary




About The Castle

The CastleThis unique house, previously owned by Richard Wetherill, was acquired in 1967. Known then and to this day as "the Castle," it is almost a miniature of Wetherill's brother Robert's home, Greystone, which occupies a full city block just 5 blocks away at 20th Street.

The Wetherill family was central to the social and industrial success of Chester and Richard and Robert Wetherill were considered pioneers in establishing the city as a major industrial center in the late 19th century.

Their names were known worldwide especially to the iron and steel industries. Richard eventually became highly successful in the banking business. He was president of several banks. Three of his sons attended Pennsylvania Military College.