Students of the Russian Language Institute are strongly encouraged to reside in campus dorms during the summer. Some faculty members may also reside on campus, as will a resident dorm adviser. All participants will receive their own room. Rooms in the dorms include a bed, desk, chair, dresser, window shade, and an air conditioner. Each student should bring their own linens, blankets, pillows, and towels. Laundry machines are located in the dormitories, and are free to use. Students who choose to reside off campus are responsible for arranging their own housing.
All meals take place in one of the dining halls, where the College's award-winning dining service provides participants with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, the dining service provides brunch and dinner. On weekdays, all students and faculty are present at lunch, which is structured to promote the fullest possible interaction in Russian. While students are freer at breakfast and dinner to eat when they choose, they should continue to speak Russian in the dining hall. Those faculty and staff members living in the Russian residence hall will be present at most meals. Students choosing to live off-campus are expected to eat lunch in the dining hall with their fellow participants and the faculty Monday through Friday. A special lunches-only meal plan will be available for these commuting students.