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 newer residence halls, with housing for 284 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

Life In McShain

McShain Residence Center offers students close proximity to all of campus with a connecting bridge that students can access from their building. Additionally, students are able to access meeting spaces and classrooms and participate in Residential Learning Communities (RLCs), including for the Freshman Business RLC and the Emerging Leaders (RLC) programs and Honors housing.

A Hawk Perspective

“Living in McShain Residence was a great experience. I was fortunate to be surrounded with countless individuals who am I proud to say have become some of my best friends here at SJU. The traditional style living suited me very well; I consistently left my door unlocked and open for the others on my floor to come in and chat. It also made the transition into college not only smooth, but enjoyable.” - Matt


McShain Residence Center

333 W. City Avenue 
Merion Station, PA 19066

View on the Campus Map

Capacity: 284 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