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 students and emerging artists live in our dorms 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. 

Housing and Meals

Housing

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. Two full-time dorm counselors are hired specifically for each wing as well as two student counselors. Artists are housed together based on their age and discipline. Housing will be open for artists to move in as early as Friday, June 21.

Chautauqua offers two housing facilities, Bellinger Hall and Lincoln Dorm. Rooms are shared with another student or emerging artist 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.

Meal Plans

All artists who live in the residence halls will automatically be enrolled in our full meal plan. 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.