Housing and Travel

Virginia Tech Lodging

While in Blacksburg, Summer Scholars will stay in New Hall West, an air-conditioned residence hall on the main campus. Each room has a private bathroom. Laundry facilities are located in the basement. Single rooms are available for $59/night, with double rooms for $51. Wi-Fi is available for a pro-rated fee of $10/month.

The purchase of meal plans is required for all guests in on-campus residence halls. The total cost of a meal plan including breakfast, lunch, and dinner is $33/day. In addition, Summer Scholars have many dining options within walking distance of the seminar location at restaurants in downtown Blacksburg. New Hall West also has common kitchens where Summer Scholars will be able to prepare food if desired.

Detailed information about New Hall West is available here:


Washington, DC Lodging

Single rooms in air-conditioned residence halls will be available on the campus of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  Residence halls are separated on the basis of gender with shared bathroom facilities on each floor. Rooms will be available for $50/night for seven nights. Residents may provide their own linens or may rent a linen packet including sheets, blankets, towels, and a pillowcase for $25. Pillows are not included. Summer Scholars will need to arrange for their own meals while in DC . There are many restaurants and other places to get food in the vicinity of Catholic University, and the dormitories have shared kitchen facilities. The Catholic University campus is located within a five minute walk of the Brookland CUA Metro station. More information about residence halls at Catholic University is available at: http://housing.cua.edu/.

Transportation to Blacksburg

Summer scholars have several options for travel to Blacksburg:

By car: Interstate 81, exit 119, route 460W to Blacksburg / Virginia Tech exit

By bus: Megabus  to Christiansburg, located 10 miles from Blacksburg

By train: Amtrak has trains to Lynchburg, with connecting bus service to Blacksburg

By plane: Roanoke-Blacksburg airport has shuttle and bus service to Blacksburg

Transportation during the Seminar

In Blacksburg: Summer Scholars are encouraged to walk from the residence hall to the seminar location as construction, traffic, and parking make driving somewhat impractical on the Virginia Tech campus.

In Washington: The seminar will provide round trip transportation from Blacksburg to Washington DC in university vans. Scholars are also welcome to drive their own cars if they prefer. In Washington, most travel will be by Metro and foot. The director will provide instructions on routes, travel options, and meeting times. Scholars will need to pay public transportation cost of approximately $10/day.