A block of affordable dorm rooms has been reserved in the Foster-Walker Complex (also known as “The Plex,”), located at 1927 Orrington Avenue, just a 10-minute walk to the Main Library and downtown Evanston.

Cost: $65.37 per night

Please note these are no-frills dorm accommodations.

No meal plan is included; but there is a Whole Foods located nearby.

Linen packs can be requested and rented for $10.50 per pack per week or a portion thereof. A linen pack includes sheets, a blanket, and towels to accommodate one guest. New towels are provided on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, as long as used towels are left outside of sleeping room doors.

Please note, linen packs do not include pillows/pillow cases. We ask that all conference participants provide their own pillows.

To reserve and pay for dorm accommodations, please click on the buttons below and make a secure payment via PayPal. Reservations must be made no later than May 15, 2020.

Monday, June 23
Thursday, June 26
Tuesday, June 24
Linen Pack
Wednesday, June 25

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellation requests made prior to midnight EST on April 30, 2020 will receive a refund minus a $50 service fee. Any cancellation requests made after April 30, but before SEI concludes, must be for reasons of personal or family emergency only. Refund requests must be made via email to VRAF Treasurer, Otto Luna (, stating the specific reasons and circumstances for the refund request and providing appropriate documentation of medical care, etc. The $50 service fee will apply in these circumstances as well. Should SEI be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, registrants will receive a full refund.

GYM ACCESS: A few days prior to the start of SEI, you may request a free, one-week membership trial to gain access to the on-campus Henry Crown Sports Pavilion located at 2311 Campus Drive. For the question asking your Wildcard barcode number, simply enter “N/A”. For the question about NU affiliation, you may enter “None” or “Community.” If you have further questions, you may contact Membership Services at 847-491-4303.


A block of 20 rooms has been set aside for SEI participants at the Hilton Orrington / Evanston Hotel.

Cost: $158.00 + 14.5% tax


Reservations can be made by calling Hilton Central Reservations at 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667).  Please identify yourself as an attendee of SEI 2020 when making reservations via telephone. You may also make reservations via the hotel website: Enter code SE120 in the box marked “Group/ Convention Code.” A friendly reminder that the cutoff date to take advantage of the group rate is Friday, MAY 22, 2020.

A link to a hotel room sharing spreadsheet will be made available to SEI registrants interested in sharing the accommodations costs with a roommate.


Information on parking in the Evanston/Northwestern area can be found here.

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