Were you a local interested in hosting?
We apologize, but we are out of capacity to facilitate additional complementary housing at this point. We recommend searching for hotels either at the University of Minnesota or the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport area as both are 10-15 minutes drives/UBER cars. (Use Ayd Mill Road to get to the venue.) Additionally, airbnb.com and vrbo.com might be more exciting than hotels.
Are you new to homestay? Included below are some basic etiquette points that should help things go smoothly.
Etiquette for Hosts
- Contact your guest(s) to introduce yourself as soon as you’ve been notified by the Housing Coordinator.
- When your guests arrive, give them a tour and let them know what they can use and what is off limits. It’s up to you to protect your good furniture, carpets, etc. Let them know your “house rules”.
- All that your guests should expect is a place to sleep and access to a bathroom. (They will provide their own toiletries.) Determine what linens your guests will need to bring for themselves.
- Guests should expect to take care of their own meals. If you provide some food or snacks, notify your guests and ask about their eating habits/allergies to avoid conflict.
- Let them know the best way to keep in touch with you both before and during the event. Your guests are strangers and will look to you for help.
- Clarify what you’re providing in the areas of housing, linens, transportation and breakfast. Remind them what they’ll need to bring for themselves.
- Let them know your schedule for the weekend and be specific about what a reasonable time in the bathroom will be. Don’t make assumptions about behavior.
Etiquette for Guests
- Contact your host to introduce yourself as soon as you’ve been notified by the Housing Coordinator.
- Hosts will provide a place to sleep and access to a bathroom. (Expect to provide your own toiletries.)
- Expect to take care of your own meals, but some hosts may have some items or snacks on hand.
- Let your host know the best way to keep in touch with you both before and during the event.
- Let your host know what you can bring for yourself (linens, etc.).
- Let your host know to what you’re planning for transportation. Check with your host(s) for transportation to and from the airport and around town.
- Let them know your schedule for the weekend and where to find you.
- Make your “getting ready” time as short and efficient as possible. You may not be the only guest in the house.
- Do something for your host to express your gratitude. This isn’t necessary, but it’s nice and makes the overall hosting experience more positive.