Haverford is a very wealthy suburb of Philadelphia with plenty of supermarkets, convenience stores, movie theaters, and bars. The locals can come across as a bit uppity-some seem a little resentful about having to live in the midst of a thousand college students-but a good number of them are pretty nice. Our unique relationship with Bryn Mawr, the all-girls school a mile or two west of Haverford, is central to the local atmosphere. Because students can take classes at either school, the free "Blue Bus" runs every 30 minutes or so between the two colleges. Haverford used to be an all-male institution (it turned coed in 1980), and a significant percentage of old Haverfordians married Bryn Mawr girls (called Mawrters).
You have to be careful when it comes to shopping because things can get really expensive on the Main Line (the name of Philadelphia's main string of suburbs). Food can be criminally overpriced if you go to the wrong supermarket (Genuardi's and Food Source to name a couple). The good news is that Philadelphia is right in our backyard, only five or six miles east of the college. Though it's not as interesting a city as New York or Washington, there's plenty of dining, nice museums, and unique entertainment. Many poeple are fans of the Chinatown neighborhood and Fairmount Park (a large public park in the nicer part of West Philadelphia). Some of Philly can be a little seedy, but if you avoid walking around West and North Philadelphia at night, you'll be fine.