Housing and Dining

Participant stipends are intended to cover accommodations and dining while in residence at the Institute. Institute participants are responsible for booking their own accommodations for the duration of the 4-week program. We have included an on-campus housing option below (rates starting at $70/night), which are dorm-style accommodations in a campus residence hall. Students are not in residence during the summer, and the accommodations are fairly spartan, but it is convenient for those looking to be as close to the Institute as possible.

Applicants are also free to explore other options in the Tempe area, including those offered by AirBnB and VRBO. Once participants are confirmed for the seminar, we will facilitate contact between those looking to share lodging during the Institute by putting you in contact with one another.

ASU also contracts with preferred hotels for negotiated individual room rates. Find the list of hotels under Travel Information for ASU Campus Visitors. Scroll down to select a hotel, click “make your reservation” and the ASU rate will automatically generate after you input your dates of stay. 

On-Campus Housing

Guest & Conference Housing (GCH) welcomes university guests and affiliates who will be engaged in university-related business during their stay (research, internship, visiting scholar/professor). Institute participants who choose to stay on campus will individually enter into a License Agreement with Guest & Conference Housing. All guests and affiliates must be sponsored by the campus department that they are to conduct business with, in this instance, Jason Robert of the School of Life Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

Due to limited space, guest housing is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. As inventory is subject to change based on a number of factors, they are unable to confirm availability/pricing for any requests submitted more than 90 days prior to the anticipated arrival date. Please keep that in mind when submitting your request.


Begin at a minimum of $70/night and will vary depending on accommodations, amenities, season, and length of stay. Please complete an interest form and the office will contact you with more information.


Apartment units vary in layout and amenities. ASU has units that include a full kitchen as well as units that include a refrigerator and microwave in place of a full kitchen. All units include WIFI access, a private bathroom, and free laundry facilities.


To submit a Guest Housing reservation request:

  1. Review the Guest Housing Website for full details.
  2. Fully complete the Interest Form*.
  3. If availability allows, GCH will provide cost information and issue a License Agreement. The License Agreement will serve as both the contract and invoice for the duration of your stay. 
  4. It is the guest’s responsibility to review, initial, sign, and acquire the signature of their campus sponsor on the License Agreement, and return the License Agreement to staywithus@asu.edu as a scanned pdf or photograph along with reservation fee. 

*Submitting an Interest Form only initiates a reservation request. GCH’s ability to accommodate is based on availability, a fully executed license agreement, paid reservation fee and validated campus sponsor. 

Guest payments can be in the form of check, cash, credit card or money order. 

Conduct expectations

Please review University Housing Policies for conduct expectations for guests while residing on campus.


For on campus options, there are a variety of coffee and fast casual options, with the majority of dining concentrated in the Memorial Union at the center of campus. The Sun Devil Dining website provides information for on-campus dining. 

There are also numerous options within a short walking distance of campus, from fast food to sit-down dining. The Tempe Tourism website provides a list of options close to campus. But we encourage you to explore while you are here and enjoy all Tempe and the surrounding Phoenix Metro Valley has to offer!


Valley Metro provides bus and light rail services throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. There is at least one Valley Metro bus stop at each of the four ASU campuses, and light rail stops—with service to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport—on the ASU Downtown Phoenix and Tempe campuses. Allow for 35 minutes of travel on the light rail between the Downtown Phoenix and Tempe campuses, longer during peak service hours.

Tempe also has neighborhood circulators that service the ASU area:

  • Tempe Orbitz buses are air conditioned, free of charge, and circulate 5 different routes through the city. All Orbitz circulator buses convene at the Tempe Transit Station located at 5th St and Forest Ave in Tempe.
  • The Tempe Streetcar is a free local option that connects the south and west sides of ASU’s campus. It travels up and down Mill Avenue, the mile-long strip of college dining and nightlife in downtown Tempe.
  • The Tempe Flash Circulator is a free shuttle that cuts through the east side of campus and connects to the Tempe Transit Station.

The Tempe Transit Station services the light rail; bus routes 48, 62, 62s, and 66; Orbitz circulators Earth, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, and Venus; and the Tempe Flash. 

View bus, light rail, and neighborhood circulator schedules and routes on the Valley Metro webpage