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"Coming to Woods Hole for a semester was a nice change of scenery and a welcomed escape from extra-curricular obligations at school. We worked hard, but when the work was done, the beaches, trails, and scenic roads were there for relaxing." ~ Stephanie Oleksyk, SES class of 2006

SES students reside in the Brick Apartment, located on the MBL campus in the immediate area of the classroom, laboratories, library, and dining hall. The Brick Apartments are accessed by ID cards by residents only. A short walk brings students into the heart of Woods Hole Village.

There are two options for housing. Each apartment consists of two double rooms, a bathroom, living room and kitchen, as well as a screened porch. The alternative is a single room with shared bathroom. Dorm rooms are furnished with a bed, dresser, small desk, and chair. Closets provide additional storage space.

Other features: Coin-operated laundry room is available to students within the Brick Apartments building. Students with bikes may lock them at one of the many outdoor bike racks on the MBL campus, or obtain card-access to an indoor bike storage facility which offers locker rooms and showers. More information on MBL housing >>

Dining Facilities 
The Dining Hall is located in the Swope Center, across the street from the dorms and overlooking scenic Eel Pond. There is a private dining room for SES students. The meal plan offers three all-you-can-eat meals a day during the week, plus brunch and dinner on the weekends. Meals for vegetarian and other special diets are available. More information on MBL dining services >>

Other features: Cafe', outdoor eating area, 6 public computers, 6 public data ports, public television, loung area, coin-operated laundry room.

In Woods Hole, there are also restaurants and a year-round market, which sells sandwiches, fresh produce, and packaged foods.

"Living in the apartments with my class really added to the camaraderie. We became very close and had some great times in the lab and out." ~ Stephanie Oleksyk, SES class of 2006

In the MBL-WHOI Library
, which is located on the MBL campus, students have access to a wide array of publications.  The library also offers many quiet and comfortable study spaces. While at MBL, SES students have wireless internet in both the classroom and their dorms. Parking passes for the MBL lots may be acquired by students with cars.

The village of Woods Hole offers restaurants, coffee shops, galleries, a waterfront park, a post office, a bakery, clothing and gift shops, and Woods Hole Library and Historical Museum. There are major scientific institutions based in Woods Hole, besides the Marine Biological Laboratory: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Sea Education Association,  and Woods Hole Research Center. Woods Hole is one of eight villages of the town of Falmouth (http://www.town.falmouth.ma.us/). Population in Falmouth year-round is 34,000; the population more than triples in the summer.

 Students are able to use Stony Beach on Buzzards Bay, which is about a five-minute walk from the MBL campus.  The campus is also a short walk to the four-mile bike path that runs from Falmouth to Woods Hole, and to the Steamship Authority, the ferry service that runs from Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard.

For information on the MBL beach, bicycle storage, computer access, laundry, mail and other guest services click here>>

 Driving information, maps, buses, airports, local hotels >>>

Students participate in a variety
of SES hosted events throughout the semester.

~ Nantucket
~ Plum Island
~ Provincetown Whale Watch
~ New England Aquarium
~ SES Halloween Party
~ Cape Cod Marathon
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