Living at Bard
The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Artsis housed in the summer on the 540-acre rural campus of Bard College, bordering the Hudson River. Dormitory rooms are available to students, or they may live off campus in rental apartments in nearby towns. Each student is assigned a dedicated studio for the summer session, and every effort is made to provide space appropriate for each artist's endeavor.
Accessibility: In service of its mission, Bard College is committed to being a fully accessible community in which all students, staff, faculty, alumni/ae, and visitors are valued, engaged, and empowered to participate. More information on Accessibilty at Bard College can be found here.
Campus FacilitiesThe Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts is housed in the summer on the 540-acre rural campus of Bard College, bordering the Hudson River. Dormitory rooms are available to students, or they may live off-campus in rental apartments in nearby towns. Each student is assigned a dedicated studio for the summer session, and every effort is made to provide space appropriate for each artist's endeavor.
The College's proximity to New York City, with its multitude of exhibitions, performances, readings, lectures, and films, is also significant for the program; many members of the teaching faculty reside in New York, and visiting artists can easily travel from the city for presentations and performances at Bard.
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HousingOff-campus housing Students and faculty interested in living off-campus must make their own arrangements. Houses and apartments for rent can be found in the nearby towns of Tivoli, Red Hook, Germantown and Rhinebeck. Kingston, NY is another possibility, and is about a 20 minute drive from the Bard College campus. Off campus housing is recommended with anyone who wishes to have their family accompany them for the summer session.
On-campus housing is available during the summer session. We offer single rooms with shared kitchens and bathrooms. Housing is limited and is offered on a first come, first served basis. Most dorms are within walking distance of on-campus studios. All dorms are non-smoking. No pets are permitted in campus housing.
MealsThe café located in the Bertelsmann Campus Center, "Down The Road Café" is open daily all summer for a la carte service. Kline Commons dining hall opens in mid-June and serves buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, weekdays and weekends.
Students and faculty may also cook their own meals in their dormitory kitchens. Limited grocery items (cereal, pasta, soup, milk, beverages, snacks) are available in the café and in the campus bookstore; large grocery stores are located about a 5-minute drive from campus. A farmstand selling freshly picked seasonal vegetables, fruits, and local dairy products and pastas is within walking distance of campus. There is also an on-campus community garden open to all for self-picking.