McShain, built in 1988, is named in honor of John McShain, an alumnus who built Barbelin Hall as well as numerous buildings in Washington D.C. The City Avenue bridge connects the Lower Merion (and McShain) side of campus to the city side.

McShain Hall is a co-ed facility and one of the University's newest residence halls, with housing for 280 students - approximately thirty on each hall. McShain was built in 1988 to meet the demand for campus housing. The building is constructed of ashlar limestone and the Gothic design reflects the more traditional values of the University. The facility links the Merion and Central campuses with a bridge across City Avenue. The facility is named in honor of Mr. John McShain, a renowned Philadelphia architect, who also designed and built the Barbelin building.


  • Individual hall lounges and study areas
  • Common bathroom areas
  • Erivan Karl Haub Center - (Conference center)
  • Air conditioning in all student rooms
  • Billiard area and lounge space in an attractive solarium
  • Basic cable television service included (Comcast)
  • Ethernet access
  • Building-wide wireless network access
  • 24-hour security desk
  • University meal plan required
  • Laundry facilities
  • Vending Machines

McShain Residence Center

333 W. City Avenue 
Merion Station, PA 19066

View on the Campus Map

Capacity: 280 residents (Co-ed by wing)

McShain Room Dimensions (typical)
19' 6" Length x 10' 6" Width

Each room has the following furniture (1 per resident in room):

  • Bed (standard twin)
  • Desk & Chair
  • Closet with built in dresser

Floor Plans

1st Floor

2nd Floor

3rd Floor

4th Floor