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Big Tent 2017

Accommodations & Meals


On-campus lodging in Washington University’s top rated residence halls is available for all Big Tent participants in the South 40 section of the Washington University Campus. The area is convenient to the venues for Big Tent worship services, workshops, and other activities.

All accommodations are suite-style lodging units located in modern, air conditioned residence halls. Most bedrooms in the buildings reserved for Big Tent participants are single bedrooms (furnished with 1 extra-long twin bed), but double bedrooms (furnished with two extra-long twin beds) are available at a slightly lower per-person rate. Most suites consist of either 4 single bedrooms or 2 double bedrooms. Each suite has a full bathroom, shared by the residents of that suite.

A limited number of suites with other configurations are available, including a few triple (3-bedded) rooms. We encourage families attending with children and others with special needs to contact the G. A. Meeting Service to discuss lodging options. We can help identify other options and the optimal arrangement.

Those who wish to share a double (2 beds) bedroom with another participant should indicate that when registering, and be prepared to provide the name of their roommate. The roommate should do the same when he/she registers. Those making plans with other participants to share a suite may use the Special Request section of the lodging page to indicate the names of their suitemates (up to 3 other participants for those in single rooms). The G.A. Meeting Service assigns suitemates for those who have not made those arrangements with other participants.

Please note that G.A. Meeting Service does not assign a roommate to share a double bedroom. Select the Single room option UNLESS you have made specific arrangements with another participant to share a 2-bedded room and you both specify each other’s names when you register.

Bed linens, a blanket, pillow, two bath towels and two washcloths (per person) are provided. The rooms are not equipped with televisions or telephones, but wifi is complimentary throughout the campus, including the residence hall buildings.

Reservations for residence hall lodging are made during the Big Tent on-line registration process and the cost for lodging and meals are included in the most of the Big Tent registration fees:

For “single” accommodations in a suite, for a room with a single bed (and shared bath). The GA Meeting Service can provide “suite-mate” matching for those who have not made arrangements with others who will occupy the other single rooms in the suite.

$440 – includes lodging for 4 nights (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday), 6 meals
              (for those who are NOT registering for a pre-conference or meeting)
$395 – includes lodging for 3 nights (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), 6 meals.
$350 – includes lodging for 2 nights (Thursday and Friday), 6 meals.

For “double” accommodations in a suite (two single beds per bedroom), in a suite with another double room. Those who wish to take advantage of this lower fee will designate their roommate, and may also designate their suitemates.

$420 – includes lodging for 4 nights (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday), 6 meals
$380 – includes lodging for 3 nights (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), 6 meals
$340 – includes lodging for 2 nights (Thursday and Friday), 6 meals.

For those arriving before Thursday for pre-conference events, lodging for Tuesday and/or Wednesday nights is included with the registration for some of those pre-events. Pay close attention to the description of the pre-conference and select the Big Tent option accordingly.

A commuter registration fee of $225 is available for those who live in the area or who are making their own arrangements for off-campus lodging. This fee includes Big Tent programming and 4 meals - Thursday dinner, Friday lunch, Friday dinner (provided by the host congregations), and Saturday lunch.


Big Tent participants will break bread together at six meals (Thursday dinner; Friday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Saturday breakfast and lunch). These are included in the Big Tent regular registration fees, and all but Friday dinner are served in the dining hall of the South 40 House on campus. Friday dinner is provided at the churches hosting attendees on Friday evening; those who do not take part in those opportunities are on their own for dinner on Friday evening.

Additional meals are included with the registration for pre- and post- conference events (see the descriptions in the Schedule of Events).

Please indicate any food allergies or other special dietary requests when you register.

For those times when you are on your own for meals, there are numerous restaurants and other outlets, including the dining hall in the student union and other on-campus options.