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SZW Conference Travel & Housing Guide

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There and Back Again…

By Plane

If you are travelling from afar, we suggest you fly into Boston-Logan Airport, located in Boston, MA. Once at the airport terminal, you can hop directly onto the C&J Bus (paid service) to get to the Portsmouth C&J bus station. This service runs every hour throughout most of the day and into the wee hours of the morning. From the Portsmouth C&J bus station, our team will be offering free shuttles to the main community housing location, The Community Church of Durham, located next to the conference venue at the University of New Hampshire (UNH).  
To sign up for a van shuttle pickup from the Portsmouth C&J bus station, see “Shuttle Service” below.

By Car

If you are planning on driving, we encourage you to carpool/rideshare with as many people as possible (within reason – we do not condone piling 8 people into a mini cooper). Whether you are able to drive or are looking for a ride, consult our Rideshare document to connect with others who are looking to carpool here!


Parking on the UNH campus is free over the weekend. We suggest parking in C Lot (aka Mill Road Visitor Lot) for the full weekend.

By Bus or Train

Durham is not the easiest place to get to by bus but if this is your preferred mode of travel we suggest taking the bus to Boston South Station, getting the C&J Bus (paid service) to Portsmouth and then hopping on one of our shuttles (free) to get to Durham.

Taking the train is a bit easier as there is an Amtrak station directly on the UNH campus. Check out their schedule here.
For more local bus trips, check out the COAST bus service. Through special application, they also provide paratransit services.

(Free!) Shuttle Service

We will provide free shuttles in a 14 passenger van to and from the Portsmouth C&J Bus Station. NOTE: Our shuttle service is separate from the C&J Bus, which is a paid service that will transport you to Boston-Logan airport. 

Shuttle spots are limited, and registration is required to ride – sign up using the form below!

NOTE: You MUST be signed up for the shuttle at least 4 hours ahead of your departure. 

Pick up times are as follows:

Portsmouth – Durham Shuttle Times:
Times listed are when shuttles will depart from Portsmouth bus station to The Community Church of Durham.
Thursday 11/10- 6:45pm, 11:50pm
Friday 11/11 – 11:45am, 1:45pm, 4:50pm, 7:15pm, 11:45pm
Saturday 11/12- 7:45am

Durham – Portsmouth Shuttle Times:
Times listed are when shuttles will depart from the Community Church of Durham. Allow 30 minutes for travel to the bus station.
Saturday 11/12- 9:15pm
Sunday 11/13- 3:15am, 5:45am, 8:30am

Mid-Atlantic Community Bus

Coming from the mid atlantic? Let us give you a lift! For the first time ever we are orchestrating a bus service from Philadelphia, PA to Durham, NH and back again with pick up stops in Purchase, NY and New Haven, CT. The bus only seats 55 people so get your spot asap!

PLAN will subsidize the cost of the bus, but we are asking for campuses to come together to help fund this (much cheaper) travel method. The total cost of the bus and driver is $4,000, which comes out to $80 per seat. We are requesting $50 for a ticket fee, but also ask that those who are able to receive greater funding from their institution pay the full cost of $80. This will help make this transportation accessible for more students! You can buy tickets below and email for more info.

To Durham
Departs on Friday Nov 11th at 7am from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Stops at 8:40am in the Secaucus Junction, NJ
Stops at 11am at University of New Haven, CT
Arrives at 2pm in Durham NH

Back Home
Departs on Sunday Nov 13th at 6am from Durham NH
Stops at 8:30am at University of New Haven, CT
Stops at 11am in the Secaucus Junction, NJ
Arrives at 1pm Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

****Exact locations of pickups and drop offs will be sent to you when you purchase your seat!****

Shuttle Sign Up Form
SZW16 Shuttle Sign-Up

Primary Contact Information

Additional Passengers

Please fill out the name and phone number of each additional passenger you will be signing up for.
(Please account for 30 minutes of travel time)
Community Bus Sign Up Form
Community Bus Sign Up

Primary Contact Info

See above for date and times of pickups and drop-offs - specific locations are TBA!
We are asking for a minimum of $50 per ticket, but if your group can pay the full $80 it would help subsidize this travel opportunity for other students. If you choose to discuss alternatives, your seats will be reserved and our staff will be in contact.

Additional Passengers

Please fill out the name and phone number of each additional passenger you will be signing up for.


We do our absolute best to provide safe and comfortable housing. If you would prefer to book your own housing in the area we suggest the Holiday Inn Express or an Airbnb or Couchsurfing spot in Durham. Please stay on or very close to campus. Local transportation is not great.

Conference attendees/students:

We partner with local churches and community centers to secure as much floor space as possible for students to stay in. Rooms fit anywhere from 10-60 people  and most are carpeted. We will have several designated “quiet rooms” for those who want to go to sleep on the earlier side. If you require a different form of accommodation, please contact Nim ( and we will coordinate alternative housing to the best of our ability.

To Bring: Sleeping bag, sleeping mat, pillow, earplugs, anything else you need to be comfy!

Showers: We secure a couple of day passes at the local gym, which has a shower. We will be handing them out at the conference by first come first serve. More can be purchased very cheaply.