Review the checklist below to ensure you are best prepared for a memorable weekend.

  • Talk with your student about their class/work schedule when planning the weekend

  • Review event schedule & buy tickets, as necessary

  • Purchase commemorative shirts for your family members (coming soon)

  • Reserve a hotel room

  • Make dinner reservations

  • Print out a parking pass (coming soon)

  • Check the weather

  • Pack comfortable clothing

  • Bring a camera to capture the excitement of the weekend

  • There are a number of events that families can participate in. We offer events at no charge as well as ticketed events at varying price points.

  • Complimentary events do not require tickets, simply show up and enjoy!

  • Early Bird rates are available for ticketed events and merchandise from June 15, 2019 - September 30, 2019 (prices increase on Oct 1).

  • Ticket sales end on October 15, 2019.

Food & Dining Options

  • Food Trucks on Saturday, October 19th

  • JWU Dining options

    • City Burger

    • Red Sauce

    • Starbucks

Pack Wisely

  • Casual attire is appropriate for all events during Family Weekend. Many of our events are designed to keep you active, so bring comfortable shoes or sneakers.

  • October weather in New England can be quite unpredictable, so be sure to bring layers, jacket, raincoat and umbrella.

  • Before you travel, check the local weather forecast and pack accordingly.

Parking & Transportation

Overnight Accommodations

Several area hotels have rooms on hold for JWU families. Rooms fill up quickly, so reserve as early as possible. 

To get the advertised rate, you must mention JWU Family Weekend when making your reservation.

For your convenience, additional lodging options may include Airbnb or Expedia


Families can access complimentary Wi-Fi during the weekend.

JWU is pet friendly! Leashed or caged pets are welcome at all Homecoming & Family Weekend outdoor activities. With the exception of resident students’ pets that have received prior Residential Life approval, pets are not allowed inside any JWU facilities.