Life at Chautauqua

Artists from around the world come to Chautauqua each summer for a unique learning experience. Part of that experience is becoming part of the CHQ community. School of Art participants live in the Bellinger Residence Hall or Lincoln Dorm side-by-side with other students and emerging professionals studying music, voice and dance – all forming relationships that last a lifetime. The School of Art handbook is required reading upon arrival. Transportation information, details of our housing and meal plans, CHQ Connections program, and work-study opportunities are available upon acceptance into the program.

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Housing and Meals


Chautauqua provides residence hall lodging for approximately 280 full-time artists enrolled in the art, music, dance and theater schools. The residence halls are located within walking distance to all of the festival facilities. Dorm rooms are mainly all doubles, but we do have a few triples and quad rooms. Each room comes with a bed, desk and closet for each student or emerging artist and the bathroom is shared with one other room. As the temperatures at Chautauqua usually do not rise above 80 degrees, we do not have air-conditioning in the rooms. We highly suggest you bring a fan if possible and also have some we can loan out on a first come first served basis. Upon acceptance into our program, we provide a list of recommended items to bring for your full comfort and enjoyment at Chautauqua. We will make every attempt to make your stay enjoyable. 

Two full-time dorm counselors are hired specifically for each wing as well as two counselors. Participants of the residency program are housed together based on their age and discipline. Housing will be open for participants to move in as early as Friday, June 26.

Chautauqua offers two housing facilities, Bellinger Hall and Lincoln Dorm. Rooms are shared with another participant in residence. You may indicate your preferences on your registration forms that you receive once admission is granted. Chautauqua Institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender or sexual orientation.

If you prefer to not stay in the Bellinger Hall or Lincoln Dorm, we are happy to provide you with guidance for housing in the area, however, we cannot guarantee housing other than these options. You can find more about CHQ accommodations that may be of interest here.

Unfortunately, we cannot allow for pets or children to be housed in the shared housing. However, we welcome them to come on to the grounds at Chautauqua and the Chautauqua School of Art if you'd like to provide your own housing. We have classes and facilities for youth activities to play and participate at Chautauqua which you can find here, here and here. VACI also provides art classes in Special Studies for children ages 6–17.

Meal Plans

All artists who live in the residence halls will automatically be enrolled in our full meal plan in the Bellinger cafeteria. This plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. There is no option to opt-out of the meal plan.

The food service in the residence hall operates very much like a food court. Because we are using the food court set-up, there will be vegetarian offerings at every meal. Please be aware that we cannot accommodate unique or individual dietary requests, however, we will try to accommodate everyone as best as we can.

There are also restaurants in the center of Chautauqua as well as in surrounding towns.