Friends housed on campus who indicate on their registration that they wish to do their own cooking will be housed in apartments with kitchens.
Each kitchen contains a full size fridge and stove with four burners and an oven. Kitchens do not have microwaves, nor do they have dish drainers.
No cutlery, dishes, etc. There is nothing to eat on or eat with in the kitchens. You must bring your own dishes, cutlery, storage containers, serving containers, dish washing liquid, etc.
Limited Cookware Packets: The University has only 10 “kitchen packets” that will be provided to the first 10 apartments requesting them when they register for the Gathering. The packet consists of:
- 1 2-qt Teflon-coated lidless pot
- 1 8-9 inch Teflon-coated lidless skillet
- 1 large spoon
- 1 spatula1 knife
- 1 dish cloth
- 1 dish towel
If you are driving, please bring your own cookware! Whether you bring cookware or request it, be prepared to share the cookware with all in your apartment.
Only Double Rooms: The apartments with kitchens contain two double rooms, a room with a toilet and a shower, and two sinks outside of the bathroom. There are no single rooms in these apartments – all four beds will be filled. Up to two children ages 12 and under may sleep on the floor of a room. In addition to the kitchen, there is a living room in each apartment with a coffee table and soft furniture for four. There is no “dining room” table. If you are a single parent with one child eligible to sleep on the floor, we will try to match you with another parent-child pair, but if we are unable, you will have to pay for a bed for your child if you wish to prepare your own food.
Location of the Apartments: The apartments are in a centrally located building, in the midst of the other Gathering dorms.
Choose between “Prepare Your Food” and other Housing Clusters. Housing clusters are in dorms different from the prepare-your-food apartment building. Families who choose neither “prepare your food” nor a special Housing Cluster will be housed in a dorm with families with similarly aged children; if families choose “prepare your food” they will be housed in the apartment building where there might or might not be other children.
Grocery Store: There are three grocery stores half a mile from the dorm. There is a city bus that runs every thirty minutes between the University and one of these grocery stores.
High School program participants: Parents and high schoolers are encouraged to think carefully before choosing the “prepare your food” meal option for high schoolers because meals in the dining room are key social times. High Schoolers who choose “prepare your food” will be housed in the High School dorm and will come to their family’s apartment for meals.
Purchasing Individual Meals in the Dining Room: Friends may purchase meals in the dining room at these prices (ages 4-12 in parentheses).
- Breakfast $9.25 ($6.25)
- Lunch $12.75 ($7.75)
- Dinner $12.75 ($7.75)
There are also retail food establishments on campus (Subway, Einstein's Bagels, and the Munchie Mart).