Financial Information

Living Expenses

Although AVA Resident Artists do not pay tuition, they are responsible for their own daily living expenses and for securing their own living arrangements.

AVA is located one block south of Rittenhouse Square, a historic residential area in Center City Philadelphia. Grocery and convenience stores, laundromats, pharmacies, bookshops, hardware stores, restaurants, health clubs, and clothing stores can all be found within a few blocks of The Academy.

Most students live alone or with roommates in numerous apartment and boarding houses in the immediate vicinity as there are no dormitories at AVA. Every effort is made on the part of AVA to assist in finding suitable housing. Estimated monthly costs-of-living in Philadelphia for a single student is listed below.

Estimated Cost-of-Living · Single Student
Rent$ 950
Electric/Gas/Water$ 150
Cell Phone/Internet$ 120
Food$ 400
Laundry/Dry Cleaning$ 40
Personal/Recreation$ 150
Books & Music$ 200
Miscellaneous$ 150
Monthly total$ 2,160
Approx. 9 Month Subtotal$ 19,440

The budget for living expenses for married Resident Artists is determined upon consultation with the Business Manager. We are flexible in our approach to this matter because of the varying needs and requirements encountered by our students. Our goal is to assure the necessary financial aid for the student while avoiding the need for excessive borrowing.