Housing, Meals, Meeting Spaces

SwopeConference Housing and Meals

Conferences at MBL combine housing with three meals a day for all attending participants.

Housing may be reserved as doubles or singles in our dorm style rooms, each room has 2 twin beds; 84 en suite baths, 70 shared baths.  We can coordinate roommate assignments to maximize the housing options for groups to 300 plus.

Conference meals are inclusive, served in our Dining Hall overlooking Eel Pond. With three meals a day starting with either Lunch or Dinner on day of arrival and ending with Breakfast or Lunch on day of departure.  You may opt for a bag lunch on the last day.

Our Dining Services from Sodexo serves creative menus with local and fresh ingredients. We have selections for those with dietary restrictions including gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, and nut or sugar free desserts. The food stations include a salad bar, two fresh soups daily, Hot entrees, Deli, Chef’s Station and freshly prepared desserts. The Chef will assist guests with the daily options.

Auditoriums and Meeting Rooms

Click on the title hyper-links below for photos and descriptions of each available room.


  • Lillie Building, Lillie – seats 500, stage, built-in AV and Video Conferencing system
  • Rowe Building , Speck –  seats 140, podium with built-in AV and Video Conferencing system

Meeting Rooms / Breakout Rooms

  • Loeb Building – G70-  seats 60, classroom or computer lab, build-in AV systems. Dividable
  • Candle House, and the Lillie, Starr, and Marine Resource Center buildings – seat 10 – 60, with AV systems. Classroom or conference table style. Portable Video Conferencing/Streaming available
  • Arrangements can be made for laboratory spaces if needed.  Our research facilities can provide microscopes, seawater labs, dry lab spaces and other special requests for marine biology.

Multi-Function and Event Space

  • Conferences are important for networking with colleagues. Clients can book social receptions which can be combined with a poster session.

Room Set-Up/Style Options Available

  • We offer a multitude of room set-up options to fit your program needs in most of our multipurpose rooms and spaces. From Classroom to Boardroom to Banquet set-ups and more!

Requests for Meeting Space at MBL – meetingspace@mbl.edu and Program Request Form 

Rowe LabWi-Fi

MBL campus offers wireless internet access for all guests, included in the Administration Fee.

Hard wired internet can be arranged for groups needing that capacity.