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Accommodation at JMU

Conference attendees need to arrange their own accommodations in Harrisonburg.

We highly recommend staying on campus at one of the two locations reserved by the local host committee. These locations are preferable because of their proximity to the conference venue, Harrisonburg’s Culinary District, and downtown Harrisonburg. Harrisonburg is a college town, which means that public transportation is relatively limited in the summer. If you choose to stay off campus you will need to arrange your own transportation to and from the conference venue.

It is a 10-15 minute walk from the on-campus housing options to downtown Harrisonburg and its culinary district.

The conference venue is about a 30-minute walk across campus from the on-campus lodging options. We will provide shuttle-buses between the on-campus lodging and the conference venue.  Please note, that while other lodging options in Harrisonburg may appear to be walkable to the conference venue that is not necessarily the case and those that are walkable are not conveniently located to downtown dining and entertainment.

We urge COCE delegates NOT to use AirBNB or other such options. Harrisonburg has an affordable housing crisis and AirBNB has exacerbated that.

We have reserved lodging at two different on campus locations. Details for each are provided below.

Rooms are reserved at the University’s Grace Street Apartments residence hall for the nights of June 3-9. Rooms at the Hotel Madison have been reserved for the nights of June 4-9. The hotel and the apartments are both located on campus and are a half-block away from each other.  

Parking is available for both lodging options. Parking details are provided below.


Grace Street Apartments

The Grace Street Apartments offer 1 and 2 bedroom apartments all of which include a bathroom for each bedroom and a shared kitchenette and living space. Bedrooms can be reserved as single or double occupancy. Linens and towels will be provided at check-in. The Grace Street Apartments do not provide housekeeping service. You will also need to bring your own toiletries, as the they are not provided by JMU’s Office of Residence Life. Virtually tour the Apartments on Grace here.

The reservation portal for the Grace Street Apartments will be available from January 4, 2023-May 4, 2023. Rates are as follows:

  • Single occupancy bedroom (a private bedroom and bath in a shared apartment with 2-3 total people per apartment): $80.18 for the first night & $77.18 for each subsequent night. This rate includes all taxes.
  • Double occupancy (2 people per bedroom with 3-4 people per apartment): $68.44 for the first night & $65.44 for each subsequent night. This rate includes all taxes.

Parking: Parking is free of charge for guests in the Grace Street Apartments. Details can be found in the FAQ section below.

Cancelation and Refund Policy: Cancelations made on or before May 19 can be refunded in full. Cancelations made on or after May 20 cannot be refunded.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Grace Street Apartments:

Can I choose my roommate and/or apartment mates? Yes! When you reserve a room in the Apartments on Grace you will be able to specify a roommate and/or apartment mate(s). Roommates will be assigned based on mutual preference. Please be sure the person(s) you list also lists you.

What if I don’t specify a roommate or apartment mate(s)? If you do not specify a roommate or apartment mate(s) they will be assigned to you. You will be asked to specify gender preferences for roommates and/or apartment mates.

How do I Check-in and check-out? A representative of the local host committee will be available to check conference attendees into their rooms on Sunday and Monday from 9:00AM-5:00PM. For late arrivals please call the Conference Services Office at 540-568-3606. Check-out information will be provided at check-in.

Is there a laundry facility? Yes, there are coin operated laundry facilities in the residence hall.

What is included in the kitchenette? The kitchenettes included stove/oven, refrigerator/freezer, and sink. There are no small appliances—no microwave, no coffeemaker, no kettle.  The kitchenettes are NOT stocked with utensils or cooking supplies such as pots and pans. You may bring your own.

What if I need coffee or tea in the morning? There are two coffee shops within a half a block of the apartments. Coffee and tea will also be served with breakfast at the Festival Conference Center.

How do I find directions to the Grace Street Apartments? Your favorite maps applications should find the apartments. Search for “Grace Street Apartments” in Harrisonburg. The address is: 28 West Grace St., JMU, Harrisonburg, VA.

Where can I park? Parking at the Apartments on Grace is free of charge. The parking lot (JMU Lot R-15) is conveniently located adjacent to the apartment building on West Grace Street just past the railroad tracks at the corner of West Grace St. and Chesapeake Ave. The address is: 320 Chesapeake Ave., Harrisonburg, VA.

What is the Cancelation and Refund Policy? If you determine that you are unable to attend the conference after you have registered, please let us know as soon as possible. If you cancel on or before May 19, we will refund 100% of your lodging costs. There are no refunds for cancelations on or after May 20.

Who do I contact if I have questions or need assistance? If you have questions, need assistance with reservations/cancelations, or have extenuating circumstances and would like to appeal for a refund please contact Dr. Pete Bsumek: bsumekpk@jmu.edu or 540-4214105.

Hotel Madison (on campus)

The Hotel Madison is a full-service hotel. We have reserved a limited number of rooms at the hotel. The following rates are available until Thursday May 4, 2023, or until the reserved block of rooms at the hotel is full. If you plan to stay at Hotel Madison, we recommend booking by the end of February as the reserved block of room is limited.

  • Double Queen Room (2 queen beds): $129.00 per night
  • King Room (1 King Bed): $129.00 per night

Hotel room rates are applicable for single and double occupancy. Additional adults will be charged $10 per adult per night. Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 12.3%)

Self-parking in the adjacent Mason Street Parking Deck is available at $5.00 per car per day for both overnight and day guests. Overnight guest parking will be placed on each guest’s folio; day guests may pay at the deck kiosk using a gate-issued ticket. Entry to the deck is located on Martin Luther King Jr. Way/formerly Cantrell Boulevard. Electric car charging stations are available complimentary. A covered walkway is situated between the deck and the Hotel’s mezzanine entrance. Parking charges are subject to change without notice.


Until March 1, 2023, the booking links below will only be visible to logged-in IECA members who will be presenting at the conference.

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