Your institute fee includes accommodation in Evergreen’s apartment-style dorms, which accommodate up to 4 people. Campus teams generally share one or more apartments (sometimes with other team members). Each apartment has a shared living room and kitchen, and private bedrooms. 

The bedrooms are furnished with a desk and a single bed. Bedding is provided, and extra blankets are available upon request. Past participants have recommended bringing your own pillow. 

Basic towels and towel service are provided, along with toilet tissue and bath soap. 

All of the kitchens have refrigerators; however, the stoves do not function during the summer. The Washington Center will supply you with plastic cups, plastic eating utensils, and small paper plates. 

Please note: The apartments are not air-conditioned —with the Pacific Northwest’s temperate climate, air conditioning is usually not necessary. Fans are available upon request.  

View an example of Evergreen's apartment-style dorms


The apartments are three stories high. While there are no elevators, ground-floor and second-floor apartments are just six steps. The apartments are approximately a half-mile from the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center where most meals will be served. Most institute activities are mid-way between the apartments and the Longhouse. 

If you have a need that requires accessible housing or accommodations to get to institute venues, please let us know on your registration form or contact us at

*A limited number of accessible apartments are available for those who require ground floor entry and an accessible shower and toilet.  

What should I bring?

Download the participant packing list for recommendations on what to pack for the summer institute. 


Coin-operated washing machines and dryers are available in the Housing Community Center (HCC).


Beginning with dinner on Monday evening, July 11, all meals except dinner on Wednesday evening will be provided. Wednesday evening teams will have a night off to explore Olympia or just relax.

*If you arrive on Sunday, we will provide a boxed lunch. 

Alcoholic beverages

Our meals are served in Evergreen’s Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, a public service center that promotes indigenous arts and culture. Built-in collaboration with Northwest tribes, it is the first building of its kind on a public campus in the United States. Out of respect for the tribes, use of alcohol is not permitted in or around this building. Institute participants are welcome to have alcoholic beverages in their apartments. 

About Campus

The Summer Institute is hosted on the Evergreen State College campus, located in Olympia, Washington. Evergreen’s campus is located on the beautiful Puget Sound, surrounded by a 1,000-acre forest on Eld Inlet. The campus includes a large network of trails leading to the college’s Organic Farm, unspoiled forested areas, and beach on the Puget Sound.  

Download a map of the vicinity and campus with driving directions 

Download a detailed campus map 

Download campus wood, beach, and trail maps