Meals and the Dining Hall
Laundry, Linen, & Towels
Mail & Packages
Miscellaneous Living at FHL
Bicycles & Cars
Dock & Boats
Smoking & other Fire Hazards
Children at FHL
Fun Things to Do


All of our cottages (including Whiteley), duplexes, and apartments have kitchens stocked with the essentials for preparing meals: major appliances, pots and pans, dishes, and utensils. There are two grocery stores (King’s and Marketplace) in the town of Friday Harbor, about a half hour walk from FHL.

Residents of Standard Dorms and Huts, with no facilities for storing or preparing food, must subscribe to full meal plans in the Dining Hall. Researchers, scholars, instructors and students staying in other units must purchase minimum or full meal plans. The minimum plan has a value equivalent to two dinners (non-students) or one lunch (students) per week, and is issued as credit (“Dining Dollars”) in the Dining Hall; this credit may be used toward any meal or beverage. If your expenses go over your credit amount, we’ll add the additional charges to your invoice when you depart. Family members are not required to purchase meal credit, but are welcome to eat in the Dining Hall. If you are not on a full plan, sign up for meals online at least 24 hours in advance. You will be charged for any meals you’ve reserved, whether or not you show up for them. You may pay at meal time with your meal credit or a credit/debit card.

NOTE DURING COVID-19: we are not currently requiring or offering minimum meal plans (Dining Dollars), and only FHL course students are allowed in the Dining Hall.

Meal Times

Monday – Saturday
Breakfast 7:45-8:15 a.m.
Lunch 12:00-12:30 p.m.
Dinner 6:00-6:30 p.m.
Brunch 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Dinner 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Dietary Preferences/Restrictions

With advance notice, the Dining Hall can provide vegetarian meals at no extra cost. If you are on a full meal plan, you will have the opportunity to note your preferences/restrictions at your first meal. If you request a vegetarian plan, you will be expected to have the vegetarian option at every meal so that Dining Hall staff can reliably plan numbers of meat and meatless dishes.

Laundry, Linens, and Towels

Coin (quarter)-operated washers and dryers are located in the laundry room of Apt Building A, and in the Laundry Building behind the Dining Hall. You’ll also find a change machine in the Laundry Building. Housing prices include linens, pillows, blankets, and one towel for each bed. You may exchange your FHL sheets and towels for clean ones free of charge, every Friday between 8:00 pm & 8:30 am in the Laundry Building.

Mail & Packages

You may leave stamped envelopes in the mail slot in the Fernald Lab foyer; it will be brought to the Post Office every weekday.

You may have mail and packages delivered to you at:

Your Name
Friday Harbor Laboratories
620 University Road
Friday Harbor, WA  98250

USPS mail is received each weekday, and sorted into the white mailboxes in the Fernald Lab foyer. The mailboxes are organized alphabetically by last name. Packages (USPS, UPS, and FedEx) are delivered to the stockroom on weekdays; we’ll email you if a package arrives there for you.

Miscellaneous Living at FHL

A Sneak Peek. Check out this short video of FHL facilities.

Pets & Wildlife. Please enjoy the deer, raccoons, foxes and other wildlife here, but refrain from feeding them!  Also, as the FHL campus is a biological preserve, dogs and other pets are not permitted.  Exceptions may be granted for service animals; please see the FHL Dog Policy for details.

Quiet Hours are 10 pm – 7 am. Be considerate of others trying to sleep: many at FHL work long hours, and have to rise early for experiments, field work, or lectures. Even a quiet chat on an apartment deck may disturb others.

Repairs Needed? You can report any repairs or items needed in your housing to Whiteley & Office Manager Stephanie Zamora. Note that you are expected to purchase your own consumable items (e.g. toilet paper, dish soap) beyond an initial supply that we provide.

Bathrooms. For residents of Dorms or Huts, there are men’s and women’s bathrooms with toilets and showers in Dorm Buildings A & B and the Dining Hall. A gender-neutral bathroom with toilet and shower is available in Dorm B and the Fernald Lab. Cottages, duplexes, and apartments each have their own bathroom.

Camping, Moving Furniture, and More. Camping or sleeping in vehicles is not permitted on campus. Please keep the furniture, supplies (e.g. kitchen items), and bedding in your unit; don’t move them between units or use them outside.

Guests. We sometimes have unoccupied housing units available for rent to family and friends of students, faculty, researchers, and staff at FHL. Contact the Visitors Coordinator with requests.

Social Gatherings. If using the Dining Hall & Commons for gatherings, keep the noise down after 10 pm. Alcohol consumption is not allowed in these or other common-use spaces without prior approval from the UW and the purchase of a WA State permit. When you leave the buildings, please return furniture to its place and dispose of all trash & recyclables in the dumpsters behind the buildings.  Thank you!

Bicycles, Cars, Other Vehicles on Campus

You are welcome to bring a bicycle to FHL and store it outside, under shelter (not inside a building). You may also rent bikes in town.

You may bring a car on campus; parking permits are not required and there is no fee. Note the campus-wide, 10 mph speed limit and drive with great care, keeping an eye out for small children. Drive on the roads, not on the grass, and park only in designated parking areas. Please email the Front Office your license number if you have a car on campus.

There have been times when the Maintenance crew must move a vehicle to permit grounds work. If you go on extended field work and are leaving a vehicle on campus, please leave your vehicle key with the Front Office.

The FHL vans are available for FHL course use only.

The Dock & Boats

Rowboats are available for recreational use or research (motorboats are strictly for research – see Lab & Field Work). In order to use a rowboat, you must first attend an orientation session; contact Boating Safety Officer (BSO) Kristy Kull ( to schedule. If you haven’t used a boat here in 6 months or more, contact Kristy to see if anything has changed.

Dock/Boat Age Limits. Children 12 & under must wear life jackets and be accompanied by a parent/guardian on the pier, floating docks, and boats at all times. The minimum age to check out a rowboat without accompanying parent/guardian is 16, with written permission by parent/guardian on file with the BSO. Rowboat passengers under 14 years must be accompanied by a parent/guardian (not just a user is 16+). Exceptions may be granted when specific cases are discussed with the BSO.

Smoking, Other Fire Hazards, & Firearms

Fire in FHL buildings and in the woods is a very real threat in all seasons. SMOKING IS NOT ALLOWED in any building (including housing) at FHL, and is allowed outdoors only at designated areas marked on our campus map. Be careful to extinguish all cigarettes in the ashtrays provided at these areas. Never smoke in the woods or build fires outdoors. Fireworks are also prohibited on campus.

The burning of candles, incense or open flame-producing items in residential units is not permitted. On apartment decks, only gas grills are allowed; charcoal grills are okay on gravel. If your smoke detector beeps to signal the battery is low, do not disable it, but let the Front Office (during business hours) or caretakers (after hours) know and a new battery will be installed immediately.

Firearms are not permitted on campus.


Alcohol consumption is allowed for persons 21 years and over in their private rooms. It is not allowed in communal spaces (including outdoors) except for official events that have received prior approval from UW and a WA Banquet Permit. Please drink responsibly: improper use of alcohol, including loud or inconsiderate behavior, reflects badly on FHL and our mission for excellence in science and education. The UW policy reads: “The University prohibits consuming of alcoholic beverages on University property, except in accordance with state of Washington liquor license procedures… … In…residence hall communities, alcohol use is limited to those of legal age (21) and then only within the confines of a resident’s room.”

Children at FHL

To ensure the safety of young people at FHL, please adhere to the following guidelines:

Docks: Children 12 or younger must wear a life preserver and be accompanied by an adult (parent or supervisor designated by parent – 16 years or older) on the docks at all times. Children are not permitted to use the elevator or boats with outboard motors. Bicycles are not permitted on the dock.

Buildings: Children should not enter the student shop, stockroom, library or laboratories without adult supervision and permission.

Noise: Children should be considerate of students, scientists and staff.

Computers: Children may use specified FHL computers with adult supervision and with permission of FHL IT personnel.

Fun Things to Do at FHL

Visitors are welcome to use the FHL fire trail and associated side trails that meander through the preserve.  The trail head is on the north end of campus, near Cottage D and Duplex C.  Please note that wheels are not allowed on the trails.

We have a sandbox and jungle gym for children in the center of campus, near the cottages and duplexes.  A volley ball court is located across from the FHL main parking lot on University Road. A good beach for play is near Lab 11.

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