Visiting Santa Fe

About Santa Fe

Santa Fe, the nation’s oldest capital city and its second-largest art market, is a vibrant city that consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the United States. An amalgam of the three cultures celebrated in New Mexico—Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo—the city is a magnet for those engaged in creative arts, for intellectuals, and for lovers of outdoor recreation.

July offers such events as the International Folk Art Market, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera.

St. John’s is located only three miles from Santa Fe’s historic downtown plaza and within walking distance of four major museums and the famous Canyon Road art galleries.

Visiting the Santa Fe Campus, Summer 2024


Summer 2024 will mark the beginning of a multi-year renovation of the Pritzker Student Center. Use of classrooms, library, gym, dormitories, and suites will not be affected. Food service will continue, but patrons of the dining hall may experience reduced operations. Thank you so much for your patience as the student center undergoes renovations.

On-Campus Accommodations

On-campus room and board is available for Summer Classics 2024; however all guests should note that the Pritzker Student Center will be undergoing renovations, which may affect some campus services.

On-campus accommodations are simple: a private room with a shared bathroom and common space on a single-gender floor. Rooms are sparsely furnished with a single xl-twin bed, a student desk, basic bed linens, towel, wash cloth, and a pillow. The set-up is more to a camp than a hotel. You are encouraged to bring items that offer you added comfort. Campus housing is not air-conditioned, but its proximity to seminar rooms makes for a pleasant commute to class! Board includes dining hall meals from Sunday dinner through Saturday breakfast. Multiple-week in-person registrants can stay over Saturday night for no extra charge.

The cost for one week is $700.

If you are interested in purchasing on-campus housing, make a reservation on the Registration page.

Off-Campus Accommodations

Because Santa Fe is New Mexico’s state capital and a top tourist destination, St. John’s College benefits from a wide range of off-campus accommodation options. There are many hotel, B&B, VRBO, and Airbnb options in Santa Fe. If searching for vacation rental accommodations, note that the college is located in the Historic Eastside community.  If searching for hotels, note that the vast majority of traditional hotels are located near the Santa Fe Plaza, just three miles from the St. John’s campus.

Weather in Santa Fe

July is the hottest month in Santa Fe, with temperatures varying from nighttime lows in the 60’s to daytime highs in the 80’s, occasionally reaching 90 degrees (and up) Fahrenheit. July is also the beginning of Santa Fe’s rainy season, which usually entails brief thunderstorms in the afternoons. “Rainy” is a relative term, as Santa Fe only averages 14 inches of rainfall per year. The days are warm, but the nights are usually cool, with low humidity typical of a high desert climate. The best clothing advice is to bring sun hats for the day and a light jacket or sweater for the evenings.

Transportation to Santa Fe

The closest major airport is the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ), a one-hour drive from Santa Fe. Travel reservations from the airport to Santa Fe may be made with an airport shuttle service, such as Groome Transportation. The Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF) also operates a limited number of commercial flights. Limited public transportation is available within Santa Fe by bus. For greater flexibility, a rental car is recommended.