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Family and Guest Program Details

Family and Guest Reservations

All parent, family, and guest reservations are made within the student's orientation account. All student reservations are made via the Sign-Up page. There is a $75 fee for each guest that attends with the student. These fees cover the costs of the program as well as dinner on the first day of orientation and breakfast and lunch on the second day. Reservations do not automatically include overnight accommodations, but can be added for an additional fee through the reservation system. 

Should a cancellation or change need to be made to your reservation, refunds will be issued less a $20 processing fee. All refund requests or changes must be made at least one week prior to the scheduled orientation session.  Please ensure your reservation is correct before submitting any payments. For more information, please see the refund section of our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Check In

Check in is from 8- to 9 A.M. at the Nevada Living Learning Community Residence Hall building. Please park in the Sierra Garage (entrance located at 1264 N. Sierra St.) for ease of access to the Nevada Living Learning Community. During check-in, parents will be given a detailed schedule and all materials needed for the day. Parents who are staying overnight on campus will be housed in a separate residence hall. This residence hall may be 1-3 blocks from check-in at the Nevada Living Learning Community building.

Session times

After check-in, the opening session begins at 9:00 A.M. on day 1 with activities that continue for students until about 7 P.M.. The second day begins in the morning and concludes at approximately 5 P.M. on the second day.

What to Wear

Each session will take place on the 255 acre campus, which offers ample opportunity to explore. We encourage you to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes, as various sessions may take place in a variety of buildings throughout campus.

What to Bring

  • Walking shoes - The campus is large and you will be walking to various buildings.
  • Comfy, weather appropriate clothes. July can be warm during the day but cools off at night. 
  • Pen and paper - You may want to jot down some notes.

Parents Staying Overnight on Campus

Overnight accommodations are available to parents for a $50 per person per night fee. Overnight accommodations must be reserved prior to the program. Parents who have registered to spend the night on campus will be staying in a separate residence hall from the students and each room has a private bath. This residence hall may be 1-3 blocks from the check-in location at the Nevada Living Learning Community Building. Rooms include linens, pillows, and towels, however toiletries are not provided. Additional nights of lodging can be added if you are arriving early or staying late. The night prior to and night of orientation are $50 per night and per person and the night after orientation is $60 per person.

Travel to Campus

Travel to the University is not included in the ORIENTATION program. If traveling by plane, the University is easily accessed from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, which is roughly 10 minutes from campus by shuttle, taxi or car. Please see information below regarding our free airport shuttle service. If traveling by car, campus is easily accessed from Interstate 80. For directions, please view this Google Map to obtain directions to the Sierra Street Parking Garage from your specific location.

Airport Shuttle

A free Orientation shuttle is offered from the airport to campus from 7 A.M. to 9 A.M. on the morning of day 1 and from 4 P.M. to 6 P.M. on the afternoon of day 2 for each session. Please go to baggage claim and look for the University of Nevada, Reno sign. Reservations are not needed for the shuttle.


Space has been allocated for ORIENTATION. Please park in the Sierra Garage (entrance located at 1264 North Sierra Street.) for ease of access to the Nevada Living Learning Community where check-in will take place. A PDF permit will be available from this Website one week prior to your ORIENTATION date. Simply print the PDF and place it on your dashboard, so it is visible through the front windshield. The ORIENTATION permit allows you to park in any student or unmarked stalls. Parking restrictions such as metered, staff, reserved, handicap, and red zones will be enforced.

Parents and Guests attending a Transfer session.

The Transfer Orientation session is a one day program, full of workshops and information to help your student be successful at the University of Nevada.  The fee for attending a transfer program is $30.00/guest and includes one meal and all materials. For more information about the transfer session, please visit the Transfer and Non-Traditional Students section.

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