During the on-campus intensive sessions, transportation is solely the responsibility of the student. Students may drive their own cars, rent a car or ride share with other students. Other options include Lyft, Uber, and Taxi. Jacksonville has a limited public transportation system, therefore, we do not recommend relying on that as a mode of transportation for the week. The IWS staff cannot arrange for or provide transportation to and from campus each day.
If you are interested in ride sharing or if you would like to offer ride sharing for other students, please post requests in the IWS Facebook Group. This is a great way to share the cost of transportation. If you are requesting a ride from another student, it is expected that you would offer to assist with the cost of the car and/or gas.
There are many reasonably priced hotel options available within comfortable driving distance of the IWS campus, many more than we can list here. To help reduce the accommodation costs for the week, you may want to consider sharing a hotel room with another IWS student. Many cohorts set up a Facebook group to coordinate travel plans and other outside-of-class topics. Post requests for roommates on the IWS Facebook Group. Also, cohorts set up a Facebook group to coordinate travel plans and other outside-of-class topics.
Local Hotel – Official IWS Group Rate
The official hotel of the June 2021 session is:
Hilton Garden Inn
1201 Kings Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32207
This hotel is located just 2.5 miles north of campus and is about a 6 minute drive without traffic. Use this link to book at the reduced rate of $114 per night by making a reservation by June 10. The rooms feature 1 King or 2 Queen beds, Keurig coffee maker, mini-refrigerator and microwave. The rate includes wi-fi, parking and a hot breakfast buffet. Please reserve your room early so we may expand the block if all of the initial rooms are reserved.Book Online @ IWS Rate
Other Area Hotel Options
There are many hotel options for you within comfortable driving distance of the IWS campus, many more than we can list here. Remember that sharing a room with a classmate is a great way to reduce your accommodation expense.
As you are researching hotels, please make sure you map them in proximity to 4001 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32207, as Jacksonville is the largest city by area in the United States. A good resource for locating hotels by area of town is to use the Where to Stay tab on the Visit Jacksonville website. You can then select neighborhoods to view available hotels. The DOWNTOWN neighborhood tab showcases 2 hotels downtown and 4 that are on the Southbank side of the river, including the official hotel listed above (closer to campus). The SOUTHSIDE neighborhood tab showcases hotels within 5 miles of campus. Use the SHOW ON MAP feature and you will find many acceptable hotels in the Southpoint area at the intersection of SR-202/I-95. These hotels are convenient and reliable.
Please note that the closest hotels to campus in the Emerson Blvd/Phillips Hwy area are transient hotels and we DO NOT recommend you stay in those hotels (ex: Magnuson Inn, Scottish Inn, Emerson Inn).
It is also a good idea to read the current hotel reviews on a site such as Trip Advisor and not just rely on price. Do your research. If you have any questions about a hotel or area of town you are considering, please feel free to contact Sandy Dinkins, Director of Student Services, by email or 800-282-2977 for assistance.
Host Home Program
We are, unfortunately, unable to offer the Host Home Program for the June 2021 session.