Communal meals during the summer residency are an important part of community building. All faculty and visiting writers take part in both lunch and dinner throughout the two weeks. A light breakfast is provided each weekday prior to workshops. Lunch is served in the University Dining Hall ("Lower Convo"), and dinners are catered each night. A vegetarian entree and a gluten-free entree will be provided at each meal.  If you need further accommodations, we have been assured by AU Catering that they can accommodate any requests. Please notify the Administrative Director of dietary restrictions and special requests in advance.

2022 Lunch and Dinner Meal Plan: $425

Restaurants and grocery stores are within walking distance of the University.  A snack bar with dining and coffee selections in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center is open from 8:30-2:00.


Senior Apartments

On-campus housing is available for students in two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments. Each apartment is an air-conditioned, fully-furnished suite (four people in each suite) with a kitchen. Apartments do not have utensils, plates, pots and pans, cups, etc.

Students may request to “buy-out” a bedroom in an apartment for double the rate listed below, as long as space is available.

A linen package is available for students upon request. The linen package includes towels, sheets, a blanket and a pillow.

Apartment common space with bwon leather sofa and chair, TV, and dining room table

Take a Virtual Tour of the senior apartments

Off-Campus Options

Students requiring a more private living environment can use this site for additional housing options off-campus.  It is the responsibility of the student to find alternative housing and transportation to and from campus if the student chooses not to stay on campus.

Total Room Cost for 2022 12-Day Residency:

Senior Apartments: A double, shared room = $480. A private, double room = $960.
Optional Linen Package (pillow, sheets, blanket, and towels): $50

Cost for Use of Athletic Facilities

During summer residencies, MFA students and faculty members may purchase a $20 two-week membership to the recreation center. This membership can be purchased the first day of the residency from the Sports Science and Recreation Center Help Desk.

Facilities include a 25-yard long pool, high dive, whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, racquetball courts, basketball and volleyball courts, indoor soccer, track, simulated golf, ping pong, pool tables, etc.


We offer fully accessible accommodations to our students. If you have any questions about accessibility services, including that of housing, please email our Student Accessibility Center Director, Silvia Henriss, at or call 419.289.5904.

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