Dorms & Dining

Dorms & Dining

Dorms & Dining

The Academy is a full-time living and working community. To optimize movement between the two, many students choose the convenience of residing in the Academy dorms. This allows students to easily go from studio to dorm at all hours of the day and night and to share living and social spaces with students from all departments. All of our rooms are modestly furnished with XL size twin beds, dressers, and desks; community bathrooms are located on each floor. All dorms have a shared lounge area and a central laundry facility is located in one dorm.

Dorms & Dining

Sharing meals at Cranbrook is a long held tradition – from the all-Academy welcome dinner along the Triton Pools to casual lunches around the studio kitchen table. Every department has a kitchen that is the epicenter of each studio and used extensively by those who live on campus. Cranbrook also has two dining halls serving three meals a day with wide options for many dietary preferences. Both dining halls are located nearby, only a short walk or bike ride from your studio. The Cranbrook Institute of Science also offers a small café for all of your coffee and snack and light breakfast or lunch needs. A short drive to Downtown Birmingham has many dining options, restaurants, bars, coffee shops and grocery stores to fill in the gap. Meals at Cranbrook are a moment to relax, discuss, collaborate, conspire, and then get back to work in the studio.

The Academy’s dormitories provide an affordable living option:


2018-2019 Academic Year (billed by semester)
Room Type Per Semester Per Year
Double Occupancy Room $1,751.50 $3,503
Single Occupancy Room $3,117.50 $6,235
One-time $200 damage deposit will be assessed on initial billing invoice.


Dining on Campus

Department kitchen facilities
A kitchen for student use is located in each department. Students who live on campus and off campus may cook their meals in their department’s kitchen.

Cranbrook Educational Community Dining Halls
Meals in the two dining halls on campus are all-you-can eat and cost $5 per meal. Academy students and staff may dine for $5 + tax/meal with ID. A 5-meal punch card may be purchased for $20 in the CAA Office. The Cranbrook Upper School Dining Hall is located adjacent to the Academy. Kingswood Dining Hall is located a short walk away from the Academy. Service is provided based upon the Upper Schools schedule with school closures and private events taking place during the academic year.

Monday – Friday
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cranbrook Dining Hall 5:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Kingswood Dining Hall 5:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday
Continental Breakfast 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Brunch 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Dinner 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Reflections Café at the Cranbrook Institute of Science
Coffee, snacks, light meals are available for purchase on a cash basis at the Reflections Cafe, located within walking distance of the Academy (closed Mondays).