Housing and Dining


The information on this page is included in the NEWS Resource Guide, which you will receive at registration.

On-campus Housing

The only on-campus housing option at Smith is dormitory-style accommodations in residential houses; the rooms are almost all single bedrooms with shared dorm bathrooms.  We will be staying in several dorms near the center of the campus.  (Map) The bedrooms have standard height beds, a dresser, a closet, a desk and a chair.  Some rooms might be air-conditioned, but if not, each room has a window that opens and a fan.  Pick up your fan in the dorm’s common area, near the entrance.  Fresh towels will be provided daily.  Linens (pillow, sheets, and blanket) will be provided, but consider bringing your own pillow, sheets and mattress pad or topper for added comfort. Once again, dorm accommodations will be available Wednesday evening for individuals who want to arrive early.  There are a limited number of dorm rooms available for the conference. If you plan on staying in the dorm, please reserve early to guarantee your spot.

Accessible housing

There will be at least one dorm that is accessible for those who have limited mobility or other special needs. Please indicate on the registration form if you require accommodation in this dorm.

On-campus housing assignments will be provided at registration. Check-in time is noon. Keys will be issued to each resident and must be returned at the end of the conference.

If you are not able to retrieve your registration packet, including your room key and meal card, during the times that the registration desk is open, you can arrange with a friend or fellow guild member to get your packet for you.

Check-out time on Sunday is noon.  Keys/swipe cards may be returned to the registration desk, the dining hall, and the residence halls. Boxes to drop off keys and cards will be stationed at all these locations. A $24.00 charge for each Access swipe card not returned within 24 hours of check out will be charged to the person assigned to the room.  Upon departure, please strip your bed and leave your linens in the room.

Smoking and alcohol are PROHIBITED in all Smith College buildings.

Off Campus Housing

As an alternative to the on-campus housing, there are quite a few local hotels and motels, with varying degrees of finery and price. We have booked blocks of rooms at:

The Autumn Inn
259 Elm St
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 584-7660
single or double occupancy. Two-night minimum required for Friday arrivals. Walking distance to Smith campus, outdoor pool. Deluxe continental breakfast
included. (0.4 mile from campus)

Fairfield Inn & Suites
115A Conz Street
Northampton MA
(413) 587-9800
(1 mile from campus)

Quality Inn & Suites Northampton
117 Conz St
Northampton MA
(413) 341-1461
(1 mile from campus)

Hotel Northampton
36 King St
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 584-3100
(0.6 miles from campus).

Registrants staying in off-campus housing can park on Smith campus either in the parking garage or in white-lined spaces in designated areas each morning and walk to the dining hall and/or classes. You will receive a parking permit at registration.

If you choose off-campus housing, you are responsible for making your own reservations.  To get the NEWS rate, mention NEWS when you make your reservations. Feel free to check for better rates at other hotel/motels in the area if you have other memberships that may help (AAA, AARP, etc.). These rooms will be held until May 1, 2017. It is advisable to make your reservations as soon as possible, since Northampton hosts a number of conferences and sporting activities during the summer.



Meal plan:  The meal plan is available to every registrant, whether or not you are staying in on-campus housing.  All meals will be served cafeteria style in the dining room in Cutter-Ziskind House. Vegetarian choices will be available at every meal. You may purchase a full meal plan (Thursday breakfast through Sunday lunch) or meals by the day.  Thursday dinner (the Welcome BBQ) may be purchased separately.  If  you purchase a meal plan,  you will be given an ID card that must be swiped for each meal.  All ID cards must be returned before leaving the conference. Keys/swipe cards may be returned to the registration desk, the dining hall, and the residence halls. Boxes to drop off keys and cards will be stationed at all these locations. There is a charge for each ID card not returned.

Dining room hours:
Breakfast 7:00 – 8:30 am
Lunch 12:15 – 1:30 pm
Dinner 6 – 7 pm

Campus Center Café: For those who did not purchase a meal plan and for those necessary snack and coffee breaks, there is on-campus dining available at the Campus Center Café from 7:30 am to 2:30 p.m, Tuesday through Saturday.  The Café will be closed on Sunday. The Café offers typical cafeteria-style salads, sandwiches, etc.

Off-campus dining:  Northampton offers a great variety of restaurants, cafés, clubs and bars.  A partial listing can be found on the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce website.  Further options can be found using Google maps or other internet search engines.