Gathering Accommodations

At the 2024 Gathering, there will be on-campus housing in Haverford College dorms and apartments. You may also choose to stay elsewhere and commute to campus. There will not be camping on campus.

The Gathering begins Sunday June 30, 2024. On-campus housing during the Gathering is available only for full and half-Gathering attenders. Housing on Friday, June 28 is limited to those attending a Pre-Gathering Event and approved volunteers. Prior to Friday, June 28, housing is only available to staff and approved volunteers. On-campus housing is not available after Saturday morning, July 6.

General Housing Information

There are both air-conditioned and non-air conditioned dorm rooms available at Haverford College. There are several groupings of dorms on campus. Many rooms are singles, some grouped together in suites. There are on-campus apartments we expect to use, which include several bedrooms around a kitchen and living room.

There are accessible dorms with elevators. There are a limited number of accessible ADA dorm rooms available. There are limited refrigerators in dorm lounges and they will be reserved for those with medical needs.

We expect all paid beds will include a pillow, pillowcase, two sheets, blanket, towel, and washcloth. 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

There will be several types of room choices – check back in winter 2024 to learn more about the options.

Further Information About Dorms

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 not be camping allowed on site at Haverford.


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


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, June 30, through lunch on Saturday, July 6 (or throughout their half-Gathering registration period). 

  • Three meals a day in the cafeteria
  • Two meals a day (lunch and dinner) in the cafeteria
  • No meal plan (commuters only)

Meals will be served in the cafeteria, with options to take food outside to eat in 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 cafeteriaThere are also several restaurants within walking distance of campus.

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, June 30 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, June 30. Attenders of pre-Gathering retreats, or those who are otherwise on campus starting Friday night 6/28, 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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