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1. Posted by Oleifr (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

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I've been looking at the hostel listings in the accomodation section and have been getting some good ideas in there, but I have a few questions still to be answered. I'm new to the road trip concept, so these questions may seem stupid to some of you here, but I want to be sure that I have things figured out at least somewhat in advance.

1) How much advance notice, if any, do hostels like to have if you plan to stay there? Are we able to just show up and hope there are free beds, or should we call a day before we expect to be there. There's no fixed itinerary for the trip, so we likely won't be able to tell more than a day at most in advance of where we'll be and when. Our trip is in July, so I'm guessing hostels may be busy at that time of year, possibly making advance reservations necessary?

2) I've heard that some colleges and universities have their residences available in the summer for rent. Is there anywhere to find out what places may offer this service, the cost, minimum stay, if applicable?

Thanks to anyone who can offer a new wanderer some help here.

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Quoting Oleifr

2) I've heard that some colleges and universities have their residences available in the summer for rent. Is there anywhere to find out what places may offer this service, the cost, minimum stay, if applicable?

Try looking up the University's Web site. They should have a listing of available accommodation for the summer months, along with pricing and what's included. I've never done this at home, only in London - but it was a simple, cheap(er) alternative to renting a hotel. Plus they had a big buffet breakfast which was pretty good!

3. Posted by ash48 (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

How much advance notice, if any, do hostels like to have if you plan to stay there?

I would think that in the summer you should try and book them in advance, even if it's just a day. I don't think that there will be many hostels with open beds the night of, in the summer. Well, atleast not in major cities, like NYC. In other places you might be okay... To be safe though, I say book a day ahead if you can.

4. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 10y

Yeah places like Columbia University , NYC and FIT in New York and UCLA in Los Angeles both have accomodation for over the summer and you can arrange this by applying well in advance to the actual college as they get pretty full up over the summer with international students doing summer courses etc...however be warned they are very expensive as I looked into this last summer and the prices were very high compared to hostels and the application process was very complex.My University does it here in the UK also and its £35 per night so its not really a cheap option to stay in college residences. So I would aim to stay in hostel instead if I were you, they are cheaper and easier to arrange!

5. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 10y

Oh yeah, forgot about the hostels bit sorry!!!Yeah, in the summer months places get pretty full up...when I arrived in LA, the place I had intended to stay was full when I arrived and as its so busy then its harder to fins budget accomodation!If I were you I would try to book in advance for the US just to get the best price and to ensure that you have a bed for the night!Places with dorms arent so bad but if the place is popular you can often arrive to find they are full up!