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Housing and Dining

University of Toledo dorm & dining hall
University of Toledo dorm & bike parking
University of Toledo dorm room
Food station at University of Toledo

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Dorm Accommodations

The Gathering begins Sunday July 1. On-campus housing (including camping) during the Gathering is available only for full and half-Gathering attenders. Limited housing is available for pre-Gathering events and volunteers arriving early. Prior to Friday, June 29, housing is only available by special arrangement.  On-campus housing is not available after Saturday morning, July 7.

A/C Standard Dorm Rooms:

All dorms are air conditioned. General Housing and clusters will be in three dorms at the south end of campus, all with elevators. These dorms have double rooms organized into suites with semi-private bathrooms and a living room space. There are NOT kitchens in the suites. There will be a limited number of single rooms. A limited number of ADA/accessible rooms are available. The High School dorm, also air conditioned, has double rooms with shared hall bathrooms.

Refrigerators are currently not available in the dorms. Friends with medical needs for refrigerators will need to mark that on their registration and contact the Gathering office. Please bring a cooler for snack/food needs.

The University will provide two bed sheets, a pillow, a pillowcase, a towel & washcloth, and a light blanket for all beds. You may want to consider bringing an extra blanket. No linens are provided for children sleeping on the floor.

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

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 are welcome to contact the Gender Diversity Liaison for information and support.

Tent Camping

May 24, 2018 Update: In the course of our recent campus visit to University of Toledo, we discovered that we have to cancel tent camping. A number of issues recently arose that would lead to a very poor camping experience, which is why we decided the only responsible option was to cancel tent camping this year. (RV camping is still available.) We do plan to offer tent camping again next year.

We are upgrading tent campers to air-conditioned dorm rooms at no extra charge.

If being upgraded to a room will not work, then tent campers may cancel their registration without a cancellation charge before May 31. Please send us an email by May 31 to let us know that this is your choice.

Read more.

RVs On Campus

One parking lot is available for small RVs under these conditions: 

  • The standard fee is for an RV which fits in one parking space.  If your RV is larger, please call the Gathering office, 215-561-1700 option 2.
  • No awnings or tents.
  • No electrical, water or sewage hookups.
  • Friends select RV camping when they complete the registration form.

Friends in this RV-camping lot may use a dorm bathroom with showers on campus. They must choose an on-campus meal plan (they may not choose the "no meals" option).


We have a block of rooms reserved at a group rate at the Radisson Hotel on the University of Toledo Medical Center campus, and there are many other hotel options. Learn more about Gathering hotel options.


The Gathering meals will be all-you-care-to-eat.  Read more about meal plan choices and special diets.

Early Arrivals

Early housing: Friends arriving before Sunday, July 1 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 1. All early meals will be for cash at the University cafeterias. There are several off campus restaraunts in easy walking distance of campus.

High School early arrival: Please read special arrangments 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.