Humboldt State University

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Housing + Dining

Conference Accommodations

Conference Services: Planner and Guest Services

Conference Housing

Conference housing is available from late May to the end of July.

Residence halls are used for orientations, workshops, conferences and camps.

Each summer, approximately 1700 guests stay in conference housing and attend over 25 conferences that promote education, research and public service.

There are traditional residence halls and apartments available on-campus. The Canyon, and the Hill are traditional style, while Creekview, College Creek and Campus Apartments are aparments, and Cypress is suite style. Please see the virtual tour of each area on this website when considering which area would work best for your conference. During the summer months the Conference Coordinator can take you on a tour of any vacant residence halls.

We offer both single and double occupancy rooms. Single occupancy rooms are subject to availability and are not guaranteed. All beds in both the single and the double rooms are twin beds.

Check-in time is after 3:00pm and check out time is before noon unless prior arrangements are made by Conference Services.

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Conference Dining

Dining Services are available during the conference season.

Meal costs are included in the Summer Conference rates. Participants use their access card as a meal card to grant access to dining. Commuters and other guests not staying on-campus can purchase meals at the door or Conferences can consign meal tickets in advance.

Dining is "all you care to eat" cafeteria style with a hot entrée line that includes vegetarian options and meat entrees, vegetables and side dishes. There is also a soup bar, salad bar, fruit and yogurt and fountain beverages.

Catering Services are available for any of your special meetings and events. Arrangements may be made through the Conference Coordinator or the Catering office.

Meal times are as follows:

Monday - Saturday                                            Sunday
Breakfast 7:00am - 8:30am                                   Brunch 10:30am - 12:30pm
Lunch 11:30am - 1:00pm                                      Dinner 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Dinner 5:00pm - 6:30pm

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Meeting Room Facilities

Housing has meeting rooms available for Conferences staying on-campus. These rooms include:

Room Floor
Mad River Room 2nd Floor JGC
Klamath River Room 2nd Floor JGC
Agate Beach Room Mezzanine Level JGC
Clam Beach Room Mezzanine Level JGC
Moonstone Beach Room Mezzanine Level JGC
Recreation Room 1st Floor JGC
The Aquarium 3rd Floor JGC
Great Hall College Creek
Creekside Lounge Creekview
Cypress Lawn Cypress
Canyon Lawn Canyon
Sunset Classroom The Hill

The Conference Coordinator can assist with making reservations for other meeting rooms on-campus such as Nelson Hall, Goodwin Forum, Kate Buchanan, the Karshner and South Lounges, and the Green and Gold Room in Founders Hall.

Rates, if applicable, will depend on your set-up requirements.

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Bedrooms are made up with a blanket, pillow, top sheet, bottom sheet, bath towel, washcloth, hand towel, bar of soap and a bottle of water. Maid service is not provided for individual rooms.

Our staff will ensure that all public areas and bathrooms are cleaned daily.

Housekeeping will be going through the rooms after departure to assess the room condition and to note if any fees for missing linen will need to be charged.

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Conference Desk Services

During the summer conference season, the Conference Desk in the Jolly Giant Commons is open from 8:00am to 8:00pm daily. The desk can be reached by calling (707) 826-3451 or 3451 from any campus phone.

Staff is on-call during the night and will respond to emergencies along with the UPD.

Conference Staff will assist with all conference group check-ins and check-outs.

The Conference Staff is available for any questions the guest may have about their stay and about the area. We have local maps available as well as campus maps and off-campus housing lists for those who are interested.

Messages and mail can be directed to the Conference Desk and staff will notify the guest by posting the message or mail notice on the guest's door to their room.

Guests who lose their key or access card will need to report the loss to the Conference Desk and request a replacement. Unless the conference is covering the costs of lost keycards, the guest will be charged $5 for a lost card.

Guests may request an additional blanket or exchange their towel for a clean, dry one.

Clothes hangers, alarm clocks and reading lamps may be borrowed from the Conference Desk.

Lost and found items are kept at the Conference Desk.

The Desk maintains records of who is on campus and what room they are residing in. This information will be essential in an emergency.

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Checking In

When your participants come to check in, they will be greeted and asked what conference they are attending and their name. The staff person will then give the guest their:

  • Room number and hall
  • Room Key Card and Meal Card (one card)
  • "Staying on Campus" brochure

The staff person will demonstrate how to use the card access system to gain access to the guest's residence hall and room. We also inform guests to call us if they have any problem and show them where our desk phone number is located in the "Staying on Campus" brochure.

In the" Staying on Campus" brochure there is a welcoming statement and information on:

  • Map of the Residence Halls
  • Lost key and card fees
  • Instructions on checking out
  • Desk hours
  • Meal hours
  • Instructions to call the desk to report any maintenance problems
  • Telephone information
  • Safety Information and Emergency Procedures

The guest will then be given directions on how to get to their room and where to best park. We do not offer assistance with luggage.

If these services need to be altered or expanded for your conference, please discuss your options with the Conference Coordinator.

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Checking Out

When checking out, the guest will return to the 1st floor of the Jolly Giant Commons and will go to the Conference Desk.

The guest will return their card. If they have lost their keycard and the planner requested they pay for the lost card, the fee will be collected now.

The guest will return any hangers, alarm clocks or reading lamp they borrowed.

The staff person will initial and date the guest's registration card to record their departure date.

The guest will be asked if they enjoyed their stay. The guest will be encouraged to complete a survey form and thanked for staying with us at Humboldt State University.

If these services need to be altered or expanded for your conference, please discuss your options with the Conference Coordinator.

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Messages and Mail

Guests who will be receiving mail or packages should use the following address:
HSU Housing
Guest Name
Name of Conference
355 Granite Ave.
Arcata, CA 95521

Phone messages are taken at the Conference Desk and then posted on the the guest's room door.


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Parking and Parking Permits

Parking regulations are enforced during the summer conference season, just as they are during the fall and spring semesters.

Parking permits are available for purchase at the Parking Office & Kiosks, and the Housing Cashier. Permits can be charged to the conference group at the desk or arrangements can be made with the Conference Coordinator to secure a block of permits for the group to distribute at their own location. A weekly permit sells for $10.50 and a daily permit sells for $3.50. Permits are not required on the weekends.

Guests may park in any General parking lot. Permits purchased from the Conference Desk will be stamped "Conference Guest" and this will enable guests to park in any Residence parking lot as well. The Jolly Giant Commons parking lot is ideal for groups staying in the Canyon and Cypress halls. For groups staying in Redwood or Sunset Halls, there is limited parking behind Sunset Hall. We ask that those who can to park in the Jolly Giant Commons lot after they drop off their luggage and take the elevators or stairs back up the their residence hall to enable less mobile guests to park in the Sunset Hill parking lot. The Creekview apartments have their own parking lot.

"Conference Guest" marked parking permits are not valid in Staff parking lots or at the meters. Parking citations are issued for violations.

Should a guest receive a parking citation and elect to appeal it, citation review forms are available at the Conference Desk.

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Pay phones are available and are conveniently located around the housing complex and in the Jolly Giant Commons.

There are no phones in the individual rooms.

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Recreation Facilities

The 1st floor of the Jolly Giant Commons has a recreation room with billiards, ping-pong, video games and a large screen TV. This area is directly behind the Conference Desk and is open from 8:00am to 8:00pm daily for guests' enjoyment.

There is a sand volleyball court behind Redwood Hall that is available on a first come, first serve basis.

The campus has outdoor tennis courts and a track that are available for use as well.

The Cypress Lawn is also a wonderful place to relax, BBQ or play Frisbee. On occasion, the Cypress Lawn is reserved for special events but is otherwise open to all guests.

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Shuttle and Taxi Services

To reserve the Door to Door Airporter for shuttle service from the Airport to the Jolly Giant Commons, please call (707) 839-4186 or toll free 1 888-338-5497.

Taxi service is available by calling:

City Cab:
(707) 445-4551
Plaza Cab:
(707) 822-4742
Yellow Cab:
(707) 445-1100

The local bus system phone numbers are:

Humboldt Transit Authority:
(707) 443-0826
(get a schedule here)
Arcata & Mad River Transit System:
(707) 822-3775
(get a schedule here)

There are bus schedules available for guests to review at the Conference Desk.

Greyhound can be reached at (707) 825-8934 or 1 800-231-2222.

The Desk Staff would be happy to call a taxi or the Door-to-Door Airporter on the guest's behalf.

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Local Medical Services

In an emergency, dial 911 from any campus phone or the University Police at (707) 826-5555.

Area Hospitals:

Mad River Community Hospital
(2 miles north of campus)
3798 Janes Road
Arcata, CA
(707) 822-3621
St. Joseph Hospital
2700 Dolbeer St.
Eureka, CA
(707) 445-8121

Urgent Care Facilities:

Express Services
Mad River Community Hospital
(2 miles north of campus)
3798 Janes Road
Arcata, CA
Open everyday 1-9 pm

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