Housing Options and Fees
will be offered in dormitory facilities on campus, providing each resident with a twin bed, dresser, desk and chair. Linens (2 sheets, pillow with pillow case, blanket and 2 towels) are included. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available.
Traditional non-air-conditioned residence hall rooms are arranged for double occupancy, but single occupancy may be requested. Public bathrooms are centrally located on each floor.
Air-conditioned suites will be offered in the newly constructed Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community directly across from our rehearsal space at the Mullins Center Arena. Each suite provides sleeping accommodations for four people in various combinations of single and double bedrooms, a bathroom with two sinks, a shower and a toilet, and a shared kitchen and/or living-room area.
The registration fees listed above for regular Festival/Conference attendees cover housing, all meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch, and all workshops, classes, rehearsals, and scheduled events. You may choose single or double occupancy in a room with or without air-conditioning. Additional charges will apply for music and special workshops. All registered participants will receive a complimentary Festival/Conference t-shirt.
Participants under age 18 must be chaperoned; one adult (age 21+) chaperone must be present for every 6 ringers under 18. Chaperones will meet briefly at the beginning of F/C to learn expectations and emergency and disciplinary procedures. Adults attending only as chaperones may register at the reduced rate listed above, but may not attend classes or ring in the Festival. Non-ringing companions may also register at the Chaperone rate.
You may live close to Amherst, or you may prefer to stay in facilities other than college dorms. The Commuter option is a reduced registration fee that will provide you with lunch, dinner and all Festival activities, but requires that you make your own arrangements for housing and breakfast.
UMass Hotel at the Campus Center
Those registering as commuters may wish to stay at the Campus Center Hotel. A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a special conference rate of $125/night plus taxes and fees. Complimentary continental breakfast is served daily. One complimentary parking pass for the Campus Center Parking Garage, per room, per night will be available at check-in. Check-in is at 3 PM on the arrival date. Checkout time is 11 AM. Those wishing to reserve one of these rooms should contact the hotel directly by May 31,2017 and use the Group Code HMA17C to secure this special rate.
Contact the UMass Hotel at the Campus Center at www.umasshotel.com or by phone at (877) 822-2110.
Free parking will be available in the University parking lots. If you wish to use the underground garage at the Conference Center, you may do so for a fee.
Special Needs/Handicapped Accessibility
Most of the UMass campus is handicapped accessible. The dining hall, dormitories and ringing arena are close to each other and are handicapped accessible. Those with mobility impairments will be given a special information packet about handicapped parking and handicapped entrances on campus, but you need to let us know about your special needs during the Attendee registration process. We can provide refrigerators in dorm lounges for those who have medication that needs refrigeration. Please indicate if you have this need on your registration form. Special dietary, housing or accessibility needs must be detailed during the registration process, as adequate time must be provided to accommodate these needs.