Housing and Dining

Housing and Dining

Bar Harbor campus - Highseas

Students at the Bar Harbor campus are housed at Highseas, a 40-room estate converted to residence hall located on the edge of Acadia National Park. The house was donated to the Laboratory by the Morris Family Estate and has been home to summer students since 1951. Highseas has a curious history and overlooks breathtaking vistas of Frenchman Bay.

Students are typically assigned one to four roommates. No more than six people share a bathroom. Housekeeping services and basic bedroom furniture are provided. House amenities include a game room, library, conference room and music room. Washing machines, dryers and ironing equipment are provided.

All food services are provided at Highseas including self-serve breakfast, self-serve lunch for the workday, and a home-cooked dinner. On weekends, the designated "kitchen crew" of students prepares meals with support from the residential staff.

Though van transportation is provided, Highseas is within walking or biking distance from the Laboratory, the park and the town of Bar Harbor. Nearby recreational activities include hiking, biking, shopping and sampling the offerings of local restaurants. On weekends, longer excursions are generally arranged; students have the opportunity to bike, hike, and explore other towns on the island.

Farmington campus - University of Saint Joseph's

Students at the Farmington, CT campus are housed at the University of St. Joseph, a private university located close to JAX Genomic Medicine. 

Summer students live in the North Dormitory of The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) as a critical part of their internship experience. This loft-like dormitory is located five miles from JAX-GM and has all modern amenities, including a common kitchen and bathroom, a living room space and separate bedrooms. The North Dormitory overlooks USJ’s beautiful campus, situated close to a vibrant downtown West Hartford and several popular cultural centers.

The USJ staff includes the Residential Life Director, two Residence Coordinators, two Summer Conference Assistants, several dining hall staff and a JAX-hired Resident Assistant (RA) who will live with the students in the dorm itself. This staffing model provides significant supervision and organizational time to plan recreational activities and meals, and to build a close-knit, scholarly community.

Meals will generally be provided in the dining hall located just next to the North Dormitory. Housekeeping services and basic bedroom furniture are provided. Summer students also have many opportunities for offsite activities in West Hartford and the surrounding areas including Bishops Corner and Blue Back Square. They will also go to Boston to see a Red Sox game and visit New York City to tour the American Museum of Natural History.