Dorm Accommodations

The Gathering begins Sunday July 2, 2023. On-campus housing (including camping) during the Gathering is available only for full and half-Gathering attenders. Housing on Friday, June 30 is limited to those attending a Pre-Gathering Event and approved volunteers. Prior to Friday, June 30, housing is only available to staff and approved volunteers. On-campus housing is not available after Saturday morning, July 8.

General Housing Information

There are several groupings of dorms on campus. There are accessible dorms with elevators. There are a limited number of accessible ADA dorm rooms available. There are no air-conditioned dorms at Western Oregon University. If you need air conditioning, you will need make to other housing arrangements and register as a commuter.

There are small refrigerators in every dorm room. There are limited refrigerators in dorm lounges and they will be reserved for those with medical needs.

Linen packages will be available. If you prefer to bring your own linens, the beds are extra-long twins.

Internet Access: The College reports that there is free wireless in all of the rooms of all of the dorms, and throughout campus

Non A/C Dorm Rooms: There are no air-conditioned dorms at WOU. Most dorms have shared hall bathrooms. There are a few suites with semi-private bathrooms. Some suites have living rooms but there are no kitchenettes in any of the suites.

Further Information About Dorms

  • children on the floor
  • family housing
  • access needs

Housing Clusters

All registrants (except High School Program participants) are assigned to general housing unless they choose a specific housing cluster. Read more about housing clusters.

Friends with concerns about the availability of housing, bathrooms, or other Gathering facilities appropriate to their gender identity and expression will be able to contact the Gender Diversity Liaison for information and support.

Tent and RV Camping 

There will be camping available on campus for both tents and RVs at Western Oregon University. Camping will be available on the edges of the football practice field. There will be room for about 50 tents and RVs can park in a large parking lot lined with trees. Both will have 24/7 access to nearby indoor bathrooms.

Hotels

There are hotel, motel, and bed & breakfast options in the area, including within a few blocks of campus. Learn more about Gathering hotel options.

Meals

The Gathering meals will be all-you-care-to-eat. Full-time and Half-Gathering registrants have these choices regarding food during the Gathering.  Each registrant makes one choice for the period starting with dinner on Sunday, July 2, through lunch on Saturday, July 8 (or throughout their half-Gathering registration period). 

  • Three meals a day in the cafeteria
  • Two meals a day (lunch and dinner) in the cafeteria
  • Cafeteria breakfast and lunch, plus a cooperatively cooked dinner (full-time registrants only)
  • Cafeteria lunch, plus a cooperatively cooked dinner (full-time registrants only)
  • No meal plan (off-campus housing only)

Meals will be served in the cafeteria, with options to take food outside to eat in one of several outdoor eating areas.

Commuters may choose a meal plan or purchase individual meals for cash in the cafeteria. Part-time attenders may purchase individual meals for cash in the cafeteriaNon-cafeteria options will be listed closer to the Gathering.

Special Diets: Vegetarian and vegan and gluten-free dishes will be a part of all meals. Friends with medical dietary needs may be accommodated in the college cafeteria if they provide specific information about their requirements when they register.

Early Arrivals

Early housing: Friends arriving before Sunday, July 2 for a pre-Gathering event or workgrant pay Early Arrival room fees (a few early volunteers may receive an early housing fee waiver.)

Early meals: The Gathering meal plan begins with dinner on Sunday evening, July 2. Attenders of pre-Gathering retreats, or those who are otherwise on campus starting Friday night 6/30, can choose to purchase meals on site in the cafeteria. There are also several restaurants and cafes in easy walking distance of campus.

High School early arrival: Please read special arrangements and responsibilities regarding early arrival by High Schoolers.

No Pets

Pets are not allowed at the Gathering. Trained service animals are permitted – please arrange in advance with the Gathering Office.

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