**Please be aware that we are continuously defining what our housing and food service will look like for the coming summer. Any modifications will be based on public health recommendations and will prioritize the health and safety of our students, audience, artists, staff, and wider community.

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 Performing and Visual Arts students and emerging professionals live in our dorms side-by-side with others studying music, art, voice and dance – all forming relationships that last a lifetime. The School handbook is required reading prior to arrival. Transportation information, details of our housing and meal plans, CHQ Connections program, and work-study opportunities are available upon acceptance into the program.

Student Handbook 

Anti-Bullying Statement

Service and ESA Animal Policy

Transportation Information


Housing & Meals


Chautauqua provides residence hall lodging for approximately 280 full-time students enrolled in the art, music, dance and theater schools. The residence halls are located within walking distance to all the festival facilities. 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 RA’s are hired specifically for each wing as well as two student RA’s. Students are housed based on their age and discipline. Housing will be open for students to move in as early as Saturday, June 19.

Chautauqua offers two housing facilities, Bellinger Hall and Lincoln Dorm. During the summer of 2021, each student will have their own room. While we do have a small number of rooms with private bathrooms, the majority will share a bathroom with one other student.

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.

Food Service

All students 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.

Please be aware that we cannot accommodate unique or individual dietary requests, however, we will try to accommodate everyone as best as we can.