Guest Information

MBL-main-icon-smThe MBL App:

Stay connected to the Marine Biological Laboratory no matter where you are with MBL Mobile, the official Marine Biological Laboratory app. Find your way around campus with maps and shuttle schedules, access dining hours and menus, check out news and events, and quickly look up people in the online directory. Gaze over Woods Hole waters via the webcam or check weather and tides. Available for free on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

A branch of the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank is located on Water Street in Woods Hole. An ATM machine is available there as well as at the Steamship Authority (down at the dock), and outside the Woods Hole Market.

Emergency Contact Number:

Contact your hosting department for information on sending or receiving a fax. Faxing services are also available at the Woods Hole Public Library.


  • Super Stop & Shop: Rte 28 (5.5 miles away heading towards Hyannis).                                                                                         Swope with Eel pond
  • Shaw’s Supermarket: Rte 28 in Falmouth Mall (5.5 miles away).
  • Windfall Market: 77 Scranton Ave., Falmouth (Great, small market 4.9 miles away)

Convenience Stores:


Course Schedules, Lecture Announcements, etc.:
Announcements of MBL lectures and local activities and events are hard to miss, but do check the bulletin boards and flat-screen monitors in Swope, Loeb, and Lillie. Also, visit the MBL online calendar.

Dress in Woods Hole and at MBL is casual. Bring clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or spilled on while working in the lab or field and wear closed-toe shoes. Bring clothing you can layer, along with a windbreaker.

Laptops and Wireless Internet Access:
If you have a laptop you can easily bring with you, please do so. You will need it for one of the course exercises. If not, please let us know as soon as possible and we will provide you with one on the day of the exercise. Wireless Internet access is available on campus. For more information, please visit

Laundry facilities are available in the Swope Center for Swope residents. Residents in Ebert Hall, Drew House, David House and Veeder House may use the laundry facility in the basement of Ebert Hall. Residents of Brick Apartment Building and Brick Apartment dorm may use the laundry facility in the basement of the Brick Apartment Dorms. Residents of Memorial Circle and Devil’s Lane may use the Pilot House in Devil’s Lane, access is your cottage key. All laundry facilities have credit card-operated washing machines and driers.

Local Accommodations:
If you will have visitors, please remind them to make reservations for accommodations early. The Cape fills up quickly! MBL does not offer housing to visitors, but there are hotels located a short distance away.

Please visit our local hotels page or the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce website for other suggestions.

Mail is not delivered to Swope rooms, Dormitories or Cottages. Please register with the Mail Room when you arrive. You may pick up your mail in the alphabetized boxes located in the mailroom (basement of Lillie building). Your address will be:

(Your Name)
Marine Biological Laboratory
7 MBL Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Meal Plans: For all Courses and Memorial Day to Labor Day with summer housing.
A board contract for three meals per day in the Swope Dining Room comes with the room. The contract covers meals Monday through Sunday. Your meals will begin with dinner on the day of arrival, and end with lunch on the day of departure.  There is no credit for missed meals.  When you arrive at MBL, you will be issued an ID card that will serve as your meal card and that will provide you with access to the lab, where you will spend most of your time. Please keep it with you at all times.  There is a $30.00 fee for lost ID cards.

Some suggestions for what to bring:3scientists

  • Bring a fan for your room. MBL housing is not air-conditioned.
  • Bring an alarm clock. No clocks are provided in MBL housing.
  • Bring beach towels. None are provided by the MBL.
  • Bring a bike if you have one, with a lock. There are many bike racks and you may register for the Bike storeroom. Bikes are not allowed in the dorms.


Parking at the MBL and in Woods Hole is extremely limited and regulated. The MBL maintains an off-campus parking lot and provides scheduled shuttle service to the main campus.  The use of bicycles is encouraged. Occupants of MBL cottages are prohibited from using unregistered vehicles on the private roads in the area.  Each cottage is provided with one off-street parking space.  Additional cars at cottages must park at the Devil’s Lane parking lot, with proper permit.

  • A parking permit must be displayed to park in any MBL lot.  They are issued at the Swope Front Desk.  Permits do not guarantee a space.

Swope Rooms:
Swope rooms have twin beds and a private bath. Daily housekeeping service is provided and linens are changed weekly. Towels and face cloths are also provided but please bring beach towels as room towels are not allowed for use on the beach.

Transportation to Woods Hole:
Visit our directions page for details on how to get here.

May and June can be rainy and chilly, especially at night. Pack sweaters and rainwear.