General Information

Attending a Conference at St. John’s College

To make the most of your stay with us, please use the links provided for details about our bookstore, coffee shop, dining fall, amenities, and much more. We look forward to seeing you this summer and wish you a safe journey!

Air Conditioning

In the high mountain desert climate of Santa Fe, at 7,300 feet, air conditioning is not normally a necessity, and the accommodations at St. John’s College are not air conditioned. However, the area can endure some periods of heat, especially in the early summer before the monsoon season begins. If the open windows and breezes aren’t enough, Conference Services has some fans available for loan.


The St. John’s College Bookstore is located on the first floor of the Peterson Student Center next to the coffee shop. The bookstore sells a wide variety of books, St. John’s clothing, office supplies, and has an excellent selection of greeting cards. You can also find sundries such as shampoo, toothpaste, and cough drops, as well as lots of sweet treats and great chocolate. Look for a 10% coupon in your packet upon arrival to campus!

Summer hours:
Monday 8:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Noon–6 p.m.

Hours are subject to change - check the doors for updates!

Campus Computing & Technology

There are Ethernet connections in all individual sleeping rooms, so feel free to bring your laptop and an Ethernet cable, and plug in, or connect to wireless service in all dorms and suites. (Wireless may not extend to all of the apartments; however wireless is available in several locations throughout campus.)

Check with your group leader to see if your conference has computer access, as the college does not have a computer lab available to conference guests.

Coffee Shop

For breakfast, lunch, a snack, or a jolt of caffeine, visit our coffee shop, located on the first floor of the Peterson Student Center, next to the bookstore. The coffee shop sells grill items as well as muffins, bagels, salads, sandwiches, cereals, yogurts, chips, and a wide variety of Starbucks coffee drinks in a pleasant environment.

Cash, Visa, or MasterCard accepted. Coffee shop hours are normally:

Monday to Saturday 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Sunday 1:30–5 p.m.

These hours are subject to change.


Copies can be made in the Conference Services office, or at Office Services in the lower level of Weigle Hall (#12 on the campus map). Standard copies are 5 cents per page (10 cents for double-sided). Other copying services, such as transparencies, vary in price. Office Services is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Dining Hall

The newly renovated dining hall is down the hall from the coffee shop, on the first floor of the Peterson Student Center, and serves three meals a day, Monday through Saturday, and two on Sunday (brunch and dinner). The college’s food service provider, A’viands, provides several made-to-order stations, including a Chop Station (salads, sandwiches, and soup), a hot line, and vegetarian options. All palates and dietary preferences are easily satisfied. A’viands is completely prepared to handle special diets such as gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

If your group is not on a full board plan, conference participants can pay cash or with credit card in the dining hall. Breakfast is $7.25; lunch, dinner, and brunch are $9.25.

Eco To-Go containers are available for purchase at the cashier for $5. These can be filled up then returned to the cashier for a clean container or a voucher for another container to be used at a later time. Compostable one-time use to-go containers are also available for purchase for 50 cents per to-go meal.

Dining Hall Hours:

Breakfast Monday–Saturday 7:30–9:30 a.m.
Lunch Monday–Saturday 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Dinner Monday–Sunday 5–6:30 p.m.
Brunch Sunday 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

FAX Service

FAX service is available in the bookstore. The FAX number is 505-984-6026. The cost for receiving a fax is 25 cents per page. To send a fax, the cost is $1 per page. Please note that conference participants are responsible for picking up their faxes from the bookstore.


The Student Activities Center (#48 on the campus map) is home to a weight room, two racquetball/handball/squash courts, a large gymnasium, locker rooms, and the offices of Student Activities Organization staff. The weight room currently has rowing and elliptical machines, treadmills, bicycles, and Stairmasters, as well as free weights, kettle bells, Hoist cable-pulling weight machines, and stretching balls. For less strenuous activities, there are foosball, air-hockey, pool, and table tennis tables in the hall.

Conference guests can use this facility for a fee of $2 per visit to be paid in advance in the Conference Services office. Upon payment, your meal/ID card will be programmed for the number of visits you purchase and/or you may be given a one-time use pass for quick access. Also at time of purchase, you will fill out a liability waiver form. Each time you visit the SAC, a visit will be deducted from your card through a swipe system. NOTE: Payment is not accepted in the SAC, so please visit Conference Services before you head over to the SAC for your workout.

Some guests are eligible for unlimited visits through their group. If this is the case, your card will say “Unlimited SAC Access” and you can present it at the desk upon entry to the SAC, no fee required. You will need to fill out a liability waiver at your group’s registration.

SAC hours are:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 7a.m.–7 p.m.
Wednesday 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m.–5 p.m.

There are no on-campus health services available to conference guests.

Santa Fe has several urgent care centers

Aspen Medical Center
3450 Zafarano Drive Suite C

DeVargas Urgent Care
510 N. Guadalupe Suite C (De Vargas Center)

Urgent Care Santa Fe
2801 Rodeo Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507

707 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Santa Fe has one public hospital

CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center
455 St. Michael’s Dr.
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 983-3361

SW Health Awareness

Please be aware that there are a few rare diseases that make an occasional appearance in New Mexico. Make sure your doctor knows you have been to New Mexico if, after leaving the area, you develop any symptoms of the conditions described below:

HANTA Virus is a respiratory virus that is very rare, but can be fatal. It is contracted through deer mice urine and droppings. More information about the HANTA Virus from the CDC.

Bubonic Plague is a bacterial disease of rodents that is spread through infected fleas. Also quite rare, plague is treatable with antibiotics if caught early. If not detected, there can be complications. There are usually a few cases of plague in northern New Mexico each year. More information about the Plague.

Altitude Sickness
St. John’s College is at an altitude of 7,300 feet and it can take time to safely acclimate to this altitude, even if you are in great shape. Be sure you take it easy the first few days you are in town and drink plenty of water. It is advisable to avoid alcohol and excess caffeine. Some people find adjusting to the altitude easier when they reduce their fat intake and increase complex carbohydrates in their diet.

Symptoms of altitude sickness can include dizziness, nausea, fainting, severe and prolonged headaches, extreme thirst, heart palpitations, difficulty breathing, and coughing. Your doctor or a local urgent care physician may be able to provide you with a prescription medication to help you adjust, if needed.


There is a $25 fee for each key that is lost or not returned at departure. Please be sure you return your key to your group leader before you leave campus.

While you are here, if your key is not working immediately, try jiggling it in the lock!

Late Arrival Information

The main doors to the Peterson Student Center and the college switchboard are open 24 hours a day. However, if you are expecting to arrive after midnight, please be sure to let your group leader know approximately what time you plan to arrive, and via what mode of transportation, so we can be ready for you.

Upon arriving on campus:

  • Park or ask to be dropped off in the 30-minute parking circle (Lot B).
  • Enter Peterson Student Center through the main entrance (east doors near the fishpond).
  • The switchboard is on the first floor. From the main doors, veer left upon entry.
  • The operator will help you register and will provide you with your packet. If you would like an escort to your room, just ask.

Laundry Facilities

Washing machines and dryers are located in three buildings throughout campus. For guests in the lower dorms and the Winiarski Student Center, there is a laundry room located between the Student Health Office (#16 on the campus map) and the Winiarski Student Center Seminar Building (#10). Guests in the upper dorm area use the laundry room in the lower level of Murchison (#37); guests in suites and apartments use the Chamisa Building (#39) laundry room. The laundry rooms are open all week, 24 hours a day. You have access to the nearest laundry room through your ID/meal card.

Please note that our washers are run through an app that can be connected to one’s credit or debit card. There is no cash payment option for our laundry machines.


St. John’s College Meem Library is open to all guests staying at the college. On-campus guests can register at the circulation desk in order to receive borrowing privileges.

There are two 24-hour study rooms at the front of the library that are available at all times, including weekends. Access is granted through the front doors, and the rooms are to the left. Like all spaces on campus, these are non-smoking rooms, and the same courtesy and behavior conducive to studying is expected at all times.

Summer Hours:

June 1–August 7
Monday–Thursday 8:30 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday Noon–8 p.m.

August 8–26
Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday CLOSED

Linens and Amenities

Each guest staying on campus is provided with two towels, washcloth, soap, cup, pillow, pillow case, two flat sheets, and two blankets per bed. Guests staying for seven or more nights may receive a weekly linen exchange to be coordinated with the group leader. If you choose to bring your own sheets, please note that most mattresses are twin XL.

Mail Service

Outgoing mail can be sent through Office Services in the lower level of Weigle Hall (#12), Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

If you will be on campus for a week or longer, mail can be sent to you at the following address:

Your Name & Name of Conference
c/o Conference Services
St. John’s College
1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca
Santa Fe, NM 87505-4599

Conference guests are responsible for picking up their own mail from the Conference Services office unless other arrangements are made with the group leader. Mail will not be forwarded after your departure.

Meal/ID Cards

The college uses environmentally sound, biodegradable ID cards. There is a $10 fee for meal/ID cards that are lost and replaced during your stay, but it is not necessary for you to return your meal card at the end of your stay.


Parking on campus is free, though space may be limited.

Guests staying on campus must register their vehicle at their conference registration. They will receive a parking permit that needs to be filled out and placed on the dashboard of their vehicle.

On-campus participant parking is available in the Visitors’ Lot A, along the entry road, Student Parking Lot D, and near the suites and apartments (campus map). Parking elsewhere may result in a ticket, fine, or towing.

Guests staying off campus can park in the Visitors’ Lot A or along the entry road. A permit is not required for off-campus participants parking in these areas. Parking elsewhere may result in a ticket, fine, or towing.

If you are temporarily parked in a no-parking area to load or unload, please turn on your emergency blinkers and only stay in that area for the time needed to load.

The college is not responsible for theft or damages to vehicles. Please lock your vehicles and do not leave valuables within.

Phone Service

Each dorm room is equipped with a phone, the number for which guests receive upon their arrival. We encourage guests to give this number to those who may call during their stay. To dial out of campus for local or calling-card calls, dial 9 first. There is no fee for local calls, however a calling card is necessary to place long distance calls. Voice mail is not available on these phones. In case of emergency, the Conference Services office can be contacted at 505-984-6024 and a message then delivered to your group leader.

Please note that cell phone service can be spotty throughout campus, and some service providers are more available than others (Verizon tends to do best). You may not want to depend on your cell phone for regular calls while you’re on campus, and once you’re here, you can check in with the Conference Services office for information on the “hot spots” for cell phone coverage. Text messages tend to transmit more easily than calls, so thumbs away!

Quiet Hours/Conduct

All members of the college community share responsibility for upholding standards of decency and civility and for maintaining living conditions that are conducive to study and learning. As we expect our students to behave in a mature and respectful manner, we ask this of our conference guests. Please report any concerns you have about the behavior of others to your group leader. In the case that someone is in danger of hurting themselves or others, or causing property damage, please dial “0” to reach Security.

The dorm areas carry noise very well, so please note that loud music, boisterous conversation, and other noises can intrude on the personal space of others. As St. John’s is a community of learners, respect for the need of individual students to study and sleep without the interference of excess noise is essential. In general, sound should not be audible outside one’s individual room. Specifically, the hours between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., daily, should be respected for sleep and study, as well as Mondays and Thursdays from 7–9p while our students attend seminar.

We hope our community is comfortable enough that you can ask noise-makers to move inside if your sleep or study is being disrupted in your dorm area. However, if you prefer, or if this is not successful, feel free to dial “0” for Security.

In coordination with a conference group leader, the college reserves the right to assess fines to a conference guest, or to require a conference guest to move off campus, if they are found to be excessively disruptive to campus life or offensive to others.

Registration Information

Most conference groups provide their own registration at a location in the Peterson Student Center, usually the coffee shop, first- or second-floor hallway, or the first-floor lobby. In some cases, as with Bread Loaf School of English, it might be in another location on campus, such as their office in the upper dorms. Check the registration information from your conference group to see where you will be registering.

A few groups, such as the Cosmology group, register directly with the college at the switchboard, on the first floor of the Peterson Student Center. Check with your conference group leader for this information.

What will I need in order to register for my conference at St. John’s College?
Check your conference information for what the conference will need from you. For guests staying on campus, the college will need to know:

  1. Your cell phone number
  2. Your home contact information
  3. An emergency contact for you, with phone number
  4. If you bring a vehicle, the make, model, color and license plate number for that vehicle

Santa Fe Information

St. John’s is at an altitude of 7,300 feet, so you may be subject to shortness of breath, dehydration, or altitude sickness. Drink plenty of water and watch for headaches, dizziness, and nausea, which are possible symptoms of altitude sickness. Please note that alcohol tends to have a stronger effect on our visitors from lower altitudes.

Tourist information is available in the brochure rack located inside the coffee shop, as well as in the Conference Services office.

City of Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau


Smoking is not permitted inside any buildings, including dormitories. The city of Santa Fe’s Smoke Free Ordinance requires that all outdoor smoking take place “only at a distance of 25 feet in radius from the entrance to any enclosed area where smoking is prohibited.” Please respect this ordinance. However, please also note that fire danger is extremely high in New Mexico due to an ongoing drought, so if you smoke, please carefully dispose of your cigarettes in the small ashtrays or ash buckets located throughout campus.

Information on forest fires and Santa Fe National Forest fire restrictions.


For local travel, Santa Fe Trails city buses arrive and depart at the end of our driveway. Check their website or call 505-955-2001 for schedules (the college is on Route M).

Capital City Cab can be reached at 438-0000.

If you’d like to bike around Santa Fe, or on surrounding trails, check out Mellow Velo for bike rentals.

For travel to and from the Albuquerque airport, contact Sandia Shuttle at 888-775-5696 or from Santa Fe at 505-474-5696. Sandia Shuttle will drop guests directly at St. John’s for around $28 one way, $48 round trip. Sandia Shuttle will pick up guests from the college en route to the airport with a credit card reservation in advance (pick-up time is 45 minutes before the departure time listed on their website).

The New Mexico Rail Runner runs between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Check their schedule for information on the buses that go between the airport and the main Albuquerque train station.

What to Bring

Guests are encouraged to bring their own toiletries, though the bookstore does sell a wide selection of sundries. Guests may want to bring an alarm clock and a hair dryer (Conference Services does have some hair dryers for loan). Don’t forget your favorite sunscreen and water bottle! When making your final packing check, remember that it gets chilly at night (if you tend to sleep cold, consider bringing an extra blanket or your winter pajamas), and New Mexico is subject to sudden weather changes. If you require more than one towel, please pack an extra.

Help us be Green by bringing your favorite travel mug (with a lid) to use in the dining hall. We also have a Brita water station in front of the switchboard on the first floor of the Peterson Student Center.

What Not to Bring

Bed bugs are an unfortunate reality, particularly for those who travel frequently. Avoid carrying these hitch-hikers with you by packing lavender or other herbal sachets in your suitcases, storing suitcases off the floor and beds, and keeping your space free of clutter.

Wildlife & the Outdoors

St. John’s College is located in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, near thousands of acres of national forest. This location provides guests with wonderful outdoor opportunities and sometimes exciting wildlife viewing.

See the Quick Links box for safe hiking tips regarding the area around St. John’s College, nearby trail guides and fire restrictions and information.

To keep everyone safe and sound, please also note the following:

Our most frequent wild visitors, aside from birds, butterflies, bunnies, and lizards, are the sometimes less desirable furry friends—mice. The best way to keep mice and other unwanted rodents out of your dorm is to keep the front door closed. Also, it’s a good idea to close your balcony door, especially when you aren’t there. If you are visited by mice more than is comfortable, let us know and we’ll get traps set immediately.

Spiders are our friends, so let us know if we need to move one for you! However, do be aware of black widow spiders as they are poisonous. These are seldom inside, usually found under rocks or logs. They have a thick irregular web on the ground and are round, very shiny black with a red hour-glass on their bellies.

We have had occasional bear sightings on campus. Mountain lions and coyotes may also pass through. Please do NOT leave food outside and make sure trash can lids are tightly closed.

The chances of an encounter with a dangerous wild animal on or near campus are very low. As you hike the trails near campus, be aware of your surroundings, make noise, and be familiar with the following:

  • Make noise as you walk as most animals will run away before you even see them.
  • Black bears: stay calm, don’t run, slowly retreat or make a wide detour around it. Avoid eye contact. Never get between a mother bear and her cubs. Bear attacks are rare, but if a bear does attack, fight back using anything you can (rocks, sticks, bare hands), and aim for the bear’s nose and eyes.
  • Rattlesnakes: stop immediately and make no movements. If you’re far enough away that it didn’t see you and isn’t rattling, turn around and run. If you’re too close (remember they can strike a distance of half their body length), stay still like a statue and slowly back away in tiny, barely visible steps. Quick wits, slow movements!
  • Mountain lions are primarily nocturnal. If you encounter one, don’t look away and don’t run away. Try to stay calm, but make lots of noise and make yourself look as big as you can. Move your arms around to look bigger. If it attacks, don’t play dead; fight as hard as you can with everything you’ve got.

These tips are really for a “just in case” situation; you might be most startled by a student waking up and coming outside in the middle of the day. Enjoy campus, be safe, and be prepared!