The goals in our housing plans for all those who participate in “Reconsidering Flannery O’Connor” include encouraging the development of a scholars’ community, keeping costs low for the NEH Summer Scholars and providing a restful and convenient place for the four weeks they will be in Milledgeville.
With those goals in mind, we have arranged with Georgia College and State University to set aside rooms for NEH Summer Scholars in one of their campus dormitories, Bell.
Located in the center of the main GCSU campus, Bell Hall is the closest residence building to the classrooms and auditorium where the Institute will take place as well as near the library where the O’Connor Collection is housed. Accessible to anyone with physical disabilities, this building is also conveniently located near campus dining facilities and the main downtown streets of Milledgeville which offer a number of dining possibilities. It offers a variety of suite-style rooms on its two main floors, and it has a kitchen in the community room and laundry rooms throughout the building. The suite-style restrooms feature separate areas for sink, shower and toilet. Each NEH Summer Scholars will live in a single room that is joined to another single room by a shared restroom with sink, shower, and toilet facilities.
What's Included in a Room?
- Two bunkable beds with 80" mattress
- Desk and chair
- Individual lockable closet
- Adjustable mini-blinds
- Local phone service, cable TV, high-speed wireless Internet
- Central heat and air conditioning
- Emergency notification button
The cost of the room for the entire Summer Institute is $928, which will be deducted from the Scholar’s NEH stipend (for more information).
Individual NEH Summer Scholars are responsible for most of their own meals throughout the Institute, and it will be up to each person to decide the best way to do this. There are numerous restaurants within a 10-minute walk from the dormitory. Also, there is a Georgia College dining hall near the dormitory. Anyone wishing to use the dining hall has two options for doing so:
- Buy a 20-meal plan (twenty meals a week, whether you eat them or not) which costs $5.09 per meal (tax included).
- Buy one deal at a time: Breakfast $7.19, Lunch $8.85, Dinner $9.90 (tax is included in these prices too).
Please NOTE: These prices are ones set for the fall of 2013 and they could go up by July 2014.
Kitchen facilities in the dorm are available, and they consist of one refrigerator, one stove, and a microwave oven—limited but workable for small meals. Scholars may elect to keep food in the refrigerator as well as in their own rooms.
Other Housing Options
Milledgeville has several local motels that NEH Summer Scholars could elect to use for the four weeks. The closest, however, is over two-miles from campus, requiring anyone using this option to have transportation to move between the motel and the campus. We strongly believe that NEH Summer Scholars will have the best experience by being part of the dormitory group, but we understand that special needs may require some scholars to pursue other options. Three of the best motel options are listed below. All are on Columbia/441 north from campus. In each instance the rate is good for a single King or two Queens—so there is the possibility of sharing a room. All hotels provide breakfast each day.
Holiday Inn Express is 2.3 miles/5 minutes driving from campus. Good for people who belong to or join the IHG Rewards club. They offer a rate of $82 per night + 15% tax. Call 478-454-9000 for additional information.
Comfort Inn and Suites (across from Andalusia) is 3.9 miles/9 minutes from campus. Good for people who belong to or join the Choice Privileges club. They offer a rate of $77 per night + 15% tax. Call 478-453-2212 for additional details.
Fairfield Inn and Suites (across from Andalusia) is 4.2 miles/10 minutes from campus. Good for people who belong to or join the Marriott Rewards club. They offer a rate of $89 per night + 15% tax. Call 478-452-5202 and ask for Thomas Ingram for additional details.
Milledgeville is a small, Southern college town, and it may be possible to sub-let an apartment for the four weeks. However, the college does not provide a clearing house for such information, and anyone interested would need to locate information on such housing on their own.
Anyone with specific concerns or questions about housing a spouse or family member, hosting a visitor in the dorm, or bringing a pet to the Institute should consult with Co-Director Gentry about options.