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The Manor House

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.

The Manor House was designed and built in 1888 by Jonathan Edwards Woodbridge, a naval architect and hero in the Confederate Army. In 1976, Widener purchased the house for use as a student residence and it later became home to Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority.

Room Details

  • Approximate room dimensions vary
  • Window measurements vary
  • Building is not air-conditioned
  • Lighting is available, but no carpet
  • Furniture: 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


Single Room

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Double Room

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About The Manor House

Manor HouseThe Louise, as named by its inhabitants, was a wedding gift to Woodbridge's new wife, Louise DeShong Woodbridge, a well-known and respected Chester socialite.

Modeled after the late 19th century English country manor style, the building was unique for its hand-made brick construction. The grand house eventually was given to the city as a home for young women.