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Summer Institute

On-Campus Housing

On-campus housing at Union Theological Seminary will be available for all summer scholars in the Religious Worlds institute, but it is important to note that we cannot guarantee summer scholars their first choice among the housing options at Union (see below for details).  Housing options will be made available on a "first come, first served" basis once summer scholars are admitted to the institute on March 28th, 2018.  If you have a preference for a specific type of housing -- the afforda­bili­ty of a dorm room, the privacy of a studio, or the convenience of a hotel room -- you will need to act fast upon admission.

Summer scholars staying in dorm rooms and studio apartments at Union will be required to pay for housing from Friday, July 6th, through Monday, July 30th.  The dorm and studio rates listed below are for this 24 day period.  You are welcome to stay at Union and enjoy a weekend in New York before and after the institute, but even if you can't do so the cost of housing per night remains extremely affordable (at least by NYC's crazy standards).  Summer scholars staying in the Landmark Guest Rooms may pay by the night for the time they plan to stay at Union.

If you are unable to secure housing you are happy with at Union, we will work with you to explore other housing options in the neighborhood.  But for your comfort and convenience -- and to build a sense of community at the institute -- we encourage all summer scholars coming from out of town to stay on campus.  UTS offers affordable housing on a lovely campus, and we're sure you'll enjoy being there!

Here are detailed descriptions of Union's dorm rooms, studio apartments, and on-site hotel rooms, to help you think through your housing options:


Dorm Rooms w/ Shared Bathrooms on Each Hall @ $1,050 for July 6-30

These are small, spartan, but com-fortable rooms. Some face Union's interior courtyard, and some face out over Broadway (with a little street noise, but from the 6th or 7th floor). All are air-conditioned (an essential in New York in July) and provided with a bed, desk, chair, lamp, dresser, and wireless internet.  Summer scholars staying in dorm rooms will need to bring their own bedding, pillows, towels, and curtains.

There are communal kitchens (one seen here) on each dorm floor, with limited cookware, dishes, and utensils, as well as communal lounges (not shown, but cozy) to hang out with your fellow summer scholars at the end of the day.

Spouses or partners of our summer scholars are welcome to stay on campus, but young children are not allowed in Union's dorm rooms or studios. Please contact us if you have questions about family-friendly housing.  (And please note that spouses and partners are not allowed to participate in the formal program of the institute.)


Studio Apartments w/ Private Bathrooms & Kitchenettes @ $1,600 for July 6-30

The size, layout, and furnishing of these studio apartments are identical to Union's dorm rooms (see details above).  But the studios also include private bathrooms, as well as small kitchenettes built into the wall (both seen here). Like the dorm rooms, they are all air-conditioned, and provided with a bed, desk, chair, lamp, dresser, and wireless internet, but not with bedding, pillows, towels, or curtains.  Studio kitchen-ettes do not generally come with cookware, dishes, or utensils (you might find some left by a previous resident, but you can't count on it).  


On-Site Full-Service Hotel Rooms @ $135 per night, or $165 for double occupancy

The Landmark Guest Rooms offer all the convenience of a hotel, on site at Union. Landmark rooms include private bath-rooms, cable tv, iron and hair dryer, mini refrigerators, bedding and towels, daily housekeeping, and wireless internet.

As members of the Union community, summer scholars may stay at Landmark for $135 per night (including all taxes and fees), or $165 for double occupancy if two summer scholars wish to split the cost. The Religious Worlds institute will help to connect summer scholars interested in sharing a hotel room, but we will not assign roommates.


Important Note for the 2018 Religious Worlds Institute

Union Theological Seminary is currently planning a major capital construction project, but we don't yet know when construction will begin -- it may or may not be ongoing during the 2018 institute.  On campus housing will still be available if construction has begun in July, and construction work will be limited to business hours, but the campus may be a little loud and dusty this summer.  We will keep our summer scholars posted as soon as we learn more.