On-campus housing at Union Theological Seminary is available for all summer scholars in the Religious Worlds institute, but we cannot guarantee everyone their first choice of a dorm room or studio apartment (see below for details). Housing is made available on a “first come, first served” basis, so if you have a strong preference for a dorm or studio you’ll need to act fast upon admission to the institute.
Summer scholars staying at Union are required to pay for housing for the full month of July. The rates listed below are for this one-month period. You’re welcome to enjoy some time in New York before and after the institute, but even if you can’t do so the cost per night remains extremely reasonable (at least compared to other NYC options). Summer scholars staying at Union can rest assured that all residents and visitors in on-campus housing are covered by Union’s “vaccinated campus” policy.
If the on-campus housing at Union doesn’t work for you, we will help you explore other options nearby. In previous institutes, summer scholars have stayed at local hotels, Airbnb rentals, or with family or friends. 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.
Dorm Rooms with Shared Bathrooms on Each Hall • $1,400 for the month of July
These are small, spartan, but comfortable rooms (see above). Some face Union’s interior courtyard, and some face Broadway (with a little street noise 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 lounges (above) to hang out with your fellow summer scholars at the end of the day, as well as communal kitchens (above), with limited cookware, dishes, and utensils.
Studio Apartments with Private Bathrooms and Kitchenettes • $2,020 for the Month of July
The size, layout, and furnishing of these studio apartments are more or less the same as Union’s dorm rooms (see previous section). But the studios also include private bathrooms, as well as kitchenettes built into the wall (see above). Like the dorm rooms, they are all air-conditioned (thank goodness!), and provided with a bed, desk, chair, lamp, dresser, and wireless internet, but not with bedding, pillows, towels, or curtains. Studio kitchenettes 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).