Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Housing and Dining

This information is about the 2017 Gathering. Check back in mid-winter 2018 for information specific to the 2018 Gathering at the University of Toledo.

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Dorm Accommodations

The Gathering begins Sunday July 2. On-campus housing (including camping) during the Gathering is available only for full-time and half-time Gathering attenders. Limited housing is available for pre-Gathering events and workgrants. Prior to Friday June 30, housing is only available by special arrangement.  On-campus housing is not available after Saturday morning, July 8.

Non A/C Standard Dorm Rooms: Niagara University has two large dorms and one smaller one with standard double dorm rooms and shared bathrooms on the hallways.  All double rooms are non A/C. The basic rooms in these dorms are doubles but there are also triples and quads and a very few singles.The two large dorms have elevators and wheel-in access. There is only one kitchen and refrigerator in each large dorm, for medical needs only. Please bring a cooler for snack/food needs.

A/C Apartments:  The A/C rooms are all singles. There are four single rooms in one apartment with a small kitchen, living room, and bathroom which will be shared with occupants of all four rooms. The rooms are close together in the apartment.  The apartment has a door entrance as well as individual door entrances to each bedroom. The first floors of the apartments are accessible and there are ADA rooms on the first floor.

The University will provide two bed sheets, a towel and a washcloth for all beds.  You will need to provide your own blanket, pillow and pillow case. 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 Kody Hersh, 786-246-2566, for information and support.

Tent Camping

FGC has arranged for a pleasant wooded area on campus for tent camping. There is a per-person fee for camping. There is only one tent per site.

Bathrooms will be available on campus in the dorms. 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).


Click to see a list of some nearby hotels. We have a block of ten rooms reserved at the Niagara Crossing Hotel & Spa.


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 2 for a pre-Gathering event or workgrant pay Early Arrival Room Fees.

Early meals: The Gathering meal plan begins with dinner on Sunday evening July 2.  All early meals will be for cash at the University cafeteria. There are no off campus restrauants in walking distance of campus.

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

No Pets

Please don't bring your pets to the Gathering.