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Housing and meals at SIL-UND
SIL-UND operates a cooperative housing program in one or more UND residence halls for students, faculty, staff and their families.
Normally two or three adults are assigned to a room (depending on room size); single occupancy rooms are available to students according to a priority system based on age and number of years in the program. Children usually have a room next to or across from their parents' room. Young siblings usually room together, older siblings of different sexes are assigned separate rooms.
Each room is equipped with single beds (slightly longer than twin size, bunkable), dressers, and desks. Although some public areas in our usual residence halls are air-conditioned, the bedrooms are not. Most of the summer this is not a problem but a fan is helpful when it gets hot on some days in July. (Exception: For 2018, we will be in a residence hall that does have air-conditioned bedrooms. In other years, for those with medical conditions that require air conditioning, we can help make arrangements for a more expensive room in a separate residence hall.)
You should bring your own linens (sheets, pillows, pillowcases, blankets, towels) or plan to buy them when you arrive (often available inexpensively in thrift stores). Laundry facilities and irons are available in the residence hall, as well as televisions, a computer lab, and small kitchenettes for preparing snacks.
There is a sand volleyball court near the residence hall, and the usual buildings we use have an enclosed courtyard (not in 2018, however). Other recreational facilities are close by for walking, biking, tennis, raquetball, basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, weight training and other sports.
Meals are served in an air-conditioned dining room located about 1 block away. It serves three meals a day on weekdays, two on weekends and holidays. Anyone living in the SIL residence hall is normally expected to participate in the dining plan. (The hall does not have adequate facilities for people to cook for themselves.) Those living in outside housing may still participate in the dining plan if they wish.
Adults (such as spouses and adult children) who are not taking SIL courses or serving on staff must have special permission from the SIL-UND Director to stay in SIL-UND housing. Meal costs for such people are significantly higher than for program participants.
For current charges, see the information on costs.
SIL tries to provide convenient, safe, affordable, quiet, and family-friendly housing. To keep costs as low as possible, SIL housing is run as a cooperative: resident students, teens, and other non-staff adults contribute an hour of work per day to keep the residence halls clean or help with other aspects of the program.
We also observe some quiet hours and ask residents to keep noise levels low generally. There are restrictions on what can be watched on televisions in public areas. Alcohol, tobacco products, pets, and weapons are not allowed by UND policy.
While most students and staff prefer to live in SIL housing, we also recognize that some may choose to live elsewhere. As you make your decision, keep in mind that whatever advantages you may find by living outside SIL housing, you'll also miss out on convenient access to SIL teachers, staff, and facilities in the residence halls and the strong sense of community that develops there. That's one of the most important parts of the SIL-UND experience for many people. Make your own choice, but we want you to do it with your eyes open.
You are free to make other housing arrangements with UND or in the community. We are sorry that we cannot help you find such housing, but can suggest you check the following sources:
- Postings by UND students on the UNDerground
- Craig's list
- Classified ads in the Grand Forks Herald
- UND campus apartments (not likely to be available to SIL summer-only students, but you can ask)
Even if you live outside the SIL residence halls, you may receive an outside-door key to access the office floor and other common areas in the residence halls if you wish (see next section).
Because of the children who live in SIL housing, anyone with an outside-door key is required to attend a 1‑hour training session at the beginning of the summer, which focuses on proactive guidelines for interacting with children that all participants are expected to follow, and to sign a code of conduct.