Costs - CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island
Join us for a class or two at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island. Learn more about the breakdown of costs associated.
2024 summer rates coming soon
Here's a breakdown of costs associated with your stay at the field station.
Tuition rates for all CMU courses are established by the CMU Board of Trustees and are based on academic class status. View tuition rates. Registration for CMUBS courses through CentralLink begins in February. Once you are registered, you will be sent housing information. No student services fees are assessed for CMUBS course registrations.
Workshop fees are calculated at $325/credit hour. Participants must make a $50 deposit to research space in the workshop and reserve housing. See the Workshop page for more detail.
Food and housing
For more information on housing accommodations, visit our Housing page.
Housing costs include dining hall meals. Food and housing rates are subject to change without notice.
CMU student rates
Housing costs include 3 meals per day at the dining hall.
Dorm - Daily Rate (per person, per day): $45
Cabin - Daily Rate (per person, per day): $45
Campsite - Daily Rate (per person, per day): $40
Food and housing standard rates for all others
Mission-aligned rates for all guests who are NOT CMU students enrolled in class at the CMUBS.
Dorm (per person, per day): $61 ($49 if you apply before May 1)
Cabin (per person, per day): $61 ($49 if you apply before May 1)
Campsite (per person, per day): $55 ($44 if you apply before May 1)
Faculty/Staff/Researcher Housing (per person, per day): $87 ($70 if you apply before May 1)
Immediate family members staying with faculty/staff/researcher in space provided while on CMU business (rates are per person, per day): $37 (13 and older), $24 (ages 5-12)
First cancellation of a reservation results in disqualification on eligibility for discounted rates
Second cancellation of a reservation disqualifies you from making future reservations
The maximum charge for a faculty/staff unit or cabin will be two times the per person food and housing charge plus the charge for any additional guest staying in the unit above the first two persons paying the full food and housing rate.
Per meal rates for day visitors
For visitors not lodging at the Biological Station
Auditorium, classrooms, labs, boats and tour rates
Auditorium Use: $150 per day, 1-7 hours
Bench Use (for individuals): $25 per day
Classroom/Lab Use (for groups): $100 per day
Dining Room Use (for groups): $150 per day
Linens (towels or bed): $4 per request
Note: Dorm and cabin residents must provide their own linens
Lost Key: $50
CMUBS Group Tour Daily Charge: $150, up to 3 hours
CMUBS Group Tour Daily Charge: $50 per hour beyond 3 hours
Research Vessel Chippewa Tour (2 hour minimum): $160/hour plus $5/gal fuel used
Small vessels (Zodiac, jon boat): $30/day
NOTE: for non-mission-aligned rates, please email cmubs@cmich.