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Conference 2017
Housing, Meals and Parking

Housing, workshops, and conference rehearsals will be held at Simmons College. Go here for campus maps.

Reservations for campus housing, meals and parking can be made when you register for the conference.

The registration deadline for all on-campus housing, meals and parking is June 20, 2017.

On campus housing at Simmons College

Please note: rooms with a private bath are no longer available. If you select this option on the registration form, we cannot guarantee your choice.

Single with private bath: $82 per night
Single with shared bath: $72 per night
Double with private bath: $72 per person per night

Double with shared bath: $62 per person per night

Dorm housing is available Sunday night, July 9, through Wednesday night, July 12. All rooms in the Simmons dormitories are air-conditioned and will be supplied with bed linens, pillow, blanket and a towel set. Most rooms are in suite configurations of two double rooms or two doubles and a single room per suite, with a common bathroom, accommodating four to five people. If you would like to request suite-mates, you may do so on the registration form. There are limited numbers of some rooms, such as those with a private bath. We will make every effort to accommodate requests, but all rooms and suites are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Meal Options

There are various options for dining throughout your stay.

Prepaid breakfast (Mon. - Thurs.) and dinner (Mon.-Tues.) options are available for Bartol Hall, a dining hall at Simmons College near the dormitories. Breakfast is $5.75 each and dinner is $13.00 each. Individual meals can be reserved when you register.

Lunch is on your own (M, Tu, Th) and can be purchased at The Fens, a cafeteria in the building where the conference activities will be held, at a cost of $11.00. We recommend that lunch be eaten on campus if participants plan to attend the workshop session following lunch.

Dinner on Sunday night and lunch on Wednesday will be provided by the conference and are already included in your registration fee.

Dinner on Tuesday night can be reserved for Bartol Hall or can be on your own in the area of Old North Church where the evening worship service will take place. On Wednesday afternoon, conference activities move to Old South Church, so dinner will be on your own in that area. We recommend that participants enjoy dinner at one of the fabulous eateries near Old North Church and Old South Church. For both evenings a list of restaurants near those churches will be provided at the conference.

Meal Options Chart


Breakfast Lunch Dinner
 Sunday  Provided by conference
 Monday Pre-payOn your own
available at The Fens
 Tuesday  Pre-pay On your own available at The FensPre-pay
or on your own near Old North
 Wednesday  Pre-payProvided by conference
On your own near Old South
 Thursday  Pre-pay  

Parking at Simmons College
Parking in Boston is extremely challenging and usually very expensive. For those staying in the dorms, Simmons College has generously arranged parking in the campus garage for $18 per day. Reservations can be made for Sunday through Thursday.

A word of advice to those leaving early on your day of departure: The day begins at 3:00 a.m. at the garage. If you leave the garage before 8:00 a.m. you can get a cheaper rate by paying for that day yourself. Consider this when reserving parking.

Getting Around
Due to parking difficulties, the conference is providing round-trip transportation to the evening venues. On Sunday, a trolley will tour through Boston and Cambridge on its way to Brookline. On Monday, buses will be provided. Pick-up and drop off will be at Simmons College. For Tuesday and Wednesday, all paying participants will receive tickets for use on the T, Boston's public transportation, which will require some walking. If you need physical assistance with any of these options, you can indicate so when you register.

Hotel Options

For those who prefer a hotel, a limited number of rooms will be available at The Inn at Longwood Medical, at a conference rate of $219 per night for both singles and doubles. Parking for hotel residents is $25 per night. Breakfast is not included, but the facility includes a restaurant and a food court. This hotel is about a quarter of a mile from the Simmons Campus. Hotel reservations are solely the responsibility of conference participants and must be made before June 7, 2017. For more info or to make online reservations, go to The Inn at Longwood Medical and use the group code: UCCM2017. Or call 617-731-4700 or 800-468-2378 and ask for the rate for the UCC Musicians Association.

If you prefer to do your own research, here is a list of area B&Bs and hotels. Prices are for guidance only. Be sure to verify all information before you make your reservations. The conference is being held at the height of summer (and Red Sox games) so prices are often higher at this time. ANY accommodations except at Simmons College are on your own. We suggest you make your reservations as soon as you can.

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