If you live within a 20-minute drive of the Westside Campus, there is no need for you to make accommodations for staying elsewhere during the residency. If you live further than 20 minutes away, I strongly recommend that you make plans to stay in town on at least some of the nights during ther residency. The residency week is long, and the schedule can be gruellling, especially as we get deeper into the week. If you’re driving more than 20 minutes, you may find it difficult to get up and to workshops in the mornings, and may find it difficult to stay motivated for evening events.
The Maron Hotel, across the street from the Westside Campus (where our residency is held), offers discounted rates to students and faculty in the MFA program. Most MFAers stay there. If you want something perhaps a few dollars cheaper, there is a Motel 6 down the road; if you want something quieter but perhaps a few dollars more expensive, there is the Ethan Allen down the road as well. If any of you would like to share the cost of a room, perhaps you can post a query here–there probably are others looking to do the same.
Similarly, if you are flying in from out of town to LGA, Hartford, Westchester, etc., it might be useful to post on the blog about your plans–you may be able to share the cost of a rental car with someone else who has similar travel plans. If you can do that, I recommend it over “shuttles,” which can end up being more expensive than sharing a rental.
Finally–meals. If you are staying at the Maron, breakfast is included at the hotel. We also have coffee, tea, juice, water, fruit and pastries throughout the morning at the residency. Lunch is provided at the residency, but dinner (with the exception of pizza and a movie) is not provided. Everyone is on their own for dinner. There are abundant restaurants–cheaper and more expensive–in close driving range of the hotel (and a restaurant at the hotel) and Westside campus, as well as a supermarket next door to the Maron.
Please let me know if you have any questions.