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Housing Options for Summer Scholars

Unfortunately, on-campus housing will not be available at Union Theological Seminary during the 2019 Religious Worlds institute.  Fortunately, however, our summer scholars will be welcome to stay just steps from Union at International House -- a private, non-profit dormitory residence for graduate students and visiting scholars from around the country and around the world.

Summer scholars are not required to stay at International House.  If the housing options described below don't work for you, we'll help you identify alternatives in the neighborhood.  However, for the sake of both convenience and community-building, we encourage you to stay at International House while exploring the religious worlds of New York.

Housing Options and Rates

Housing will be available at International House for the full month of July, so you can enjoy New York City both before and after the Religious Worlds institute.  All prices listed below are monthly rates (which are actually lower than the nightly rates for a three-week stay).

Dorm rooms with shared bathrooms on each floor will be approximately $1,200, and dorm rooms with private or semi-private bathrooms will be approximately $1,650.  We cannot guarantee availability of dorms with private bathrooms, but we'll do our best to offer all summer scholars their first choice of housing.

All dorm rooms are single occupancy only, though limited overnight guests are allowed.  They are small (an average of 8 x 11 feet) but well designed and fully furnished, with a twin bed, dresser, bookcase, desk, chair, lamp, linens, and towels.

If you'd like to stay at International House with your spouse, partner, or children, we may be able to offer studio or one-bedroom apartments, which range from approximately $2,100 to $2,700.  We cannot guarantee availability of these apartments, but we'll do our best to accommodate summer scholars who plan to come to New York with their families.

In addition to dorm or apartment rental, all summer scholars staying at International House will be charged a $70 application fee, and a $165 dining fee, in the form of nonrefundable credits for use at the International House cafeteria.  This is not a fixed meal plan -- you're welcome to use the $165 any way you like, and add more to your account as need be.

In addition to these fees, all summer scholars staying at International House will need to provide a $500 refundable deposit, to cover potential damage to their room.  Assuming there is no damage, the deposit will be refunded in full after departure.

Upon admission to the Religious Worlds institute we will ask summer scholars for their housing preferences, and deduct funds for advance payment from their NEH stipends.  Summer scholars will need to provide their own refundable deposit, but will not need to go through the International House application process.

Click here for more about International House options and rates.

(but please note that the rates on International House's website are for the current academic year, and will go up a bit before the summer)


Facilities and Amenities

International House kind of has it all . . . cafeteria, dining hall, lounges, computer lab, laundry room, pub, gymnasium, fitness center, music rooms, patio, gardens, and (perhaps best of all) a 10th floor terrace overlooking the Hudson River.  All available to residents at no extra charge (aside from dining fees).


The only important thing International House does not have is air-conditioning.  All dorm rooms have ceiling fans, and if you want to bring or buy your own air-conditioner I-House staff will install and remove it for a modest fee.

Click here for more about International House facilities and amenities.

Click here for frequently asked questions about staying at International House.

Click here for a virtual tour, including dorms, apartments, and facilities.

Click here to find International House on Google Maps, at 500 Riverside Drive.


And don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about housing options for summer scholars at the Religious Worlds institute.