Travel & Housing
The Symposium sessions will take place in the Kent Student Center and adjacent University Library on the main campus of Kent State University. Parking is available in front of the Student Center, in the visitor lot.
On-campus housing is available for $50 per night. (View a picture of the room here, but please note that your room layout may not be exactly as shown.) Each room includes a single bedroom (twin beds) with a private bathroom. Rooms are carpeted and air-conditioned, and also provide a mini-refrigerator, microwave and free wireless Internet access. The rooms do not have a television or phone. Linens are provided, but no housekeeping service is available because of the limited duration of the conference.
The residence halls are a five-minute walk from the conference location (the Kent Student Center and the University Library on the Kent State campus) and a 15-minute walk to downtown Kent restaurants and shops. A car is not necessary, but if you choose to drive and stay in the residence hall, you will need a parking permit (for an additional $3 per day). Please request the parking permit when you register for the room.
A limited number of on-campus rooms are available; you will register for housing on the same form you use to register for the conference.
Please also refer to this list of items to bring with you to make your stay more comfortable.
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS IN KENT
The Holiday Inn Express in Kent, located on Rt. 43 just off I-76, is holding a limited number of rooms. Refer to group code "KSUMPR" when making a reservation. You may reserve a room online or by calling the hotel directly at 330-673-9200 or the central reservation system at 1-800-HOLIDAY.
Conference representatives will pick up guests at the hotel and return them after the conference each evening. (Pick up and drop off times will be announced later, once we know how many people we need to accommodate.)
KENT STATE UNIVERSITY HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER
The Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center offers rooms to Kent State visitors. Refer to group code "MPRS" when you reserve your room, which you may do online or by calling 330-346-0100. This facility is located in the heart of downtown Kent, with easy access to restaurants and shops. It's just a 10-minute walk to the conference venue (Kent Student Center/University Library) but transportation from the hotel can be arranged if needed.
If you are driving to the conference, you can use an online mapping site (e.g., Google maps, Mapquest, etc.) to guide you. The "main" campus address you can use is 800 E. Summit St., Kent, Ohio 44240. The conference takes place in the Kent Student Center and University Library. Parking is available in the Visitor Lot in front of the Student Center on Summit Street.
The nearest airport to Kent, Ohio, is Akron-Canton Airport (CAK); Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) would be the next closest airport.
- Porter Taxi is available at 330-328-9029 or Ride Transportation at 440-CAB-KENT
Kent and Northeast Ohio
If you wish to extend your stay to visit Northeast Ohio, we encourage you to take advantage of the newly renovated downtown Kent — featuring restaurants, shops, live music, art galleries and more.
On the Kent Campus, you can enjoy a mile-long sculpture walk across a park-like 855-acre campus; stroll back through time at the May 4 Visitors Center; or indulge your senses at the world-renowned Kent State University Fashion Museum.
Kent is a short drive to Akron (11 miles), Cleveland (33 miles), Youngstown (40 miles) and Canton (28 miles). Check out the area convention and visitors bureaus for details on museums, restaurants, shopping and historic sites in those regions.