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Southampton Writers Conference

Frequently Asked Questions


Dorm accommodations will be in campus residence halls. Rooms are neat but spartan. All rooms are air-conditioned. Most rooms are double occupancy with a small selection of singles available for an additional price.  

Rooms do have Internet connections, but no refrigerators, telephones, or televisions (though there are TVs in the basement common rooms). All campus facilities are nonsmoking, including dorm rooms and suites. Linens are included for an additional fee. See What to Bring for more information.

Once accepted, you will be directed to housing reservations.

Outside Accommodations
Sometimes attendees prefer to stay at an off-campus location. There are several hotels and motels in the area in different price ranges. For a list, please visit the Southampton Chamber of Commerce at
What to Bring
All of the beds are twin-XL. Although the mattresses are in excellent condition, many attendees have found that bringing a mattress pad enhances the sleeping experience. You may want to bring a larger towel and flip-flops for the shower, and you should bring all toiletries—shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc. A toiletry caddy or bag is helpful as there is no shelving in the lavatories.  If you want to do laundry during your stay, we have facilities on campus.
What to Wear
Summer weather in the Hamptons is frequently sunny and gorgeous, but of course come prepared for an occasional cool evening (or air-conditioned classroom) as well as for rain. Bring a bathing suit for area beaches and clothes appropriate for athletics if you choose to take advantage of our Wellness Center or the campus tennis courts. Attire is casual for the workshops and moderately dressy for the evening events. Senior Prom(pt) is black-tie optional (very optional).
Meals are served buffet-style in Chancellors Hall and eaten al fresco on the Great Lawn. Meal costs are not included in your fees. For a quick bite to eat, there are several options near campus and downtown Southampton Village boasts many fine restaurants.
Recreation Facilities
We’re pleased to announce that the Wellness Center (aka fitness room) is available at scheduled hours for use during your stay. The center is equipped with cardio equipment and some weights. It is located in the Student Center in the center of campus. We also have a beach volleyball court and tennis courts. If you plan to use the athletic facilities, please make sure you fill out the use forms that will be provided to you at the Student Center.We also offer pool tables and table tennis.
Getting Here

Directions from New York City:
Take I-495 (Long Island Expressway) east to Exit 70, then turn right on County Road 111; follow the signs for State Route 27 East/Montauk - Sunrise Highway. Take Route 27 East (which becomes County Road 39) and proceed 19 miles to Southampton Campus. Make right at the traffic light onto Tuckahoe Road. Go past the first entrance on Tuckahoe Road. Turn right at the next entrance.

From the South Shore:
Take the Belt Parkway east, keep left to Exit 25A toward Eastern Long Island. The Belt Parkway becomes Southern State Parkway. At Exit 40, take Robert Moses Causeway south toward ocean beaches. Take Exit RM1 toward Route 27 East (Sunrise Highway). Follow directions from Sunrise Highway (above).

From upstate New York:
Take the New York State Thruway south to the George Washington Bridge, then take the Cross Bronx Expressway to the Throgs Neck Bridge. Keep right on the bridge and follow signs to Eastern Long Island, Cross Island Parkway. Take the Cross Island to I-495 East (Long Island Expressway). Follow directions from the LIE (see above, 'From New York City').

From New England:
Take I-95 South towards New York City to the Throgs Neck Bridge. Follow directions from the Throgs Neck Bridge (see above, 'From upstate New York').
Ferry service to Long Island is available from New London, CT to Orient Point and from Bridgeport, CT to Port Jefferson. For driving directions from the Orient Point and Port Jefferson ferries, please refer to our campus map.


Long Island MacArthur (aka Islip) is a small airport that has Southwest and another airline based there. It is our closest airport. Getting here from there is a little tricky - you can either rent a car and drive (the easiest) or you will need to catch a taxi to the Ronkonkoma Train Station or a Hampton Jitney stop and then take one of those out to Southampton and then a quick cab to campus.

JFK or Laguardia airports - they are in the city - there are more flights and they might be less expensive, but you will still need to get out to Southampton via train or Hampton Jitney or rental car.  JFK has a tram that takes you to Jamaica Station and where you can catch the Long Island Railroad. Some participants arrive at night, stay in the city and then catch the train or Jitney straight from Manhattan the next morning.

By Train

Take the Long Island Railroad's Montauk Branch from Jamaica Station in New York City to Southampton. (Service from Manhattan's Penn Station to Jamaica runs frequently.) The campus is a short taxi ride from the station. Here is the schedule for the Southampton station.

By Bus

Take the Hampton Jitney or the Hampton Luxury Liner from one of their many stops on the Upper East Side of Manhattan to their Southampton stops.  The campus is a short taxi ride from the station.

Transportation Around Southampton
Having a car on campus is convenient, though not necessary. Shuttles to the village of Southampton and nearby beaches will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shared rides to popular dining and recreational venues are easy to come by. If you bring a car, please inform us at Registration—and have your driver’s license and car registration on hand—so that we can arrange for a temporary campus parking permit. 
Computer Labs and Wireless Access
Chancellors Hall, Fine Arts, the Library, Dorms, and the hospitality tent offer wireless access. There are also desktop computers in the SINC Site in Chancellors Hall and in the Library. We do not have public photocopying facilities, so if you need to bring copies of your work please make sure to do so prior to arrival.   
Cancellation Policy and Enrollment/Drop Dates
  • Deposits are non-refundable.
  • Fees are not refundable within a month of the conference start.
Check-In and Orientation

Check-in will run from 12-1:45 p.m. in the Library. The meal plan begins with lunch on the day you check in.

  • Orientation at 2:00 p.m.
  • Welcome Event 3:00p.m.
  • Meet your faculty salon from 5-6 p.m.

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