Pre-Arrival Information Form

Please complete the New Mexico Pre-Arrival Information Form by May 15.

New Mexico Campus Staff

Karen Browne

Assistant to Director; California Campus and Online Tutorials Coordinator

75 Franklin Street

Campus Office

102 Anderson

The Bread Loaf office handles academic, employment, and student life issues; schedules appointments with the director; helps with photocopying and assists in other ways as needed. Students should feel free to stop by the office - the staff is always happy to assist and answer questions.

St. John’s College Conference Service Office

Hours M-F 9 am - 5:30 pm
Sat-Sun and after-hours call: 505.231.2048
The conference services office, located under the portal in the Lower Dorms area (#24 on the campus map), handles all residence and physical plant matters. Those living off-campus should refer such matters to their property owners.

Emergency Contacts

Ambulance, Police, or Fire Department 911
Campus Security ext. “0” or 984-6025
Santa Fe Police Department non-emergency 505.428.3710
Santa Fe Crisis Response (888) 920-6333
Santa Fe Rape Crisis and Trauma Center 800.721.7273

In a medical, life-threatening emergency, those needing assistance should call 911, giving the location on the St. John’s Campus. Anyone feeling threatened in any other way can call Security on campus at extension “0”. This call should be followed this up with a call to the Bread Loaf office, extension 4084. For an after-hours emergency, contact the staff in their rooms. Their contact information will be posted at the beginning of the session and is listed above.

All students are asked to submit the Dietary and Emergency Information Form to the Bread Loaf office prior to the start of the summer session.

Summer Mailing Address 

Bread Loaf School of English
c/o St. John’s College
1160 Camino de la Cruz Blanca
Santa Fe NM 87505

Students in Santa Fe receive mail Monday through Friday in their individual mail folders located downstairs in Anderson Building Room 101. Parcels are placed on a table near the mailboxes.


Mail should be forwarded to Bread Loaf only from June 10 until July 20. Newspapers, magazines and other items that are not standard first-class mail will not be forwarded to students after they leave Bread Loaf.

Important Summer Dates

Arrival, Registration, and Opening Reception/Banquet June 16 (Tues)
Classes begin June 17 (Weds)
Drop/Add Period Ends (for M/W classes) June 22 (Mon)
Drop/Add Period Ends (for T/R classes) June 23 (Tues)
Classes end July 23 (Thurs)
Commencement July 27 (Sat)

Meal Times

Breakfast (M-Sat) 7:30-9:30 am
Lunch (M-Sat) 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Dinner (M-Sun) 5-6:30 pm
Sunday Brunch 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Travel to Campus

By Air

Several airlines fly to Santa Fe itself, but the vast majority of people flying in from out of state will be flying into Albuquerque, about 55 miles south of Santa Fe.

For travel to and from the Albuquerque airport, contact Sandia Shuttle at 888.775.5696 or from Santa Fe at 505.474.5696. Sandia Shuttle will drop off guests directly at St. John’s. Sandia Shuttle will pick up guests from the college en route to the airport with a credit card reservation in advance.

The New Mexico Rail Runner provides train service between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Select “Connections” for information on buses that go from the airport to the Albuquerque train station.

By Car

To drive to St. John’s College from Albuquerque, take I-25 north for about 70 miles. Take Exit 284, Old Pecos Trail, north to the left. Once on Old Pecos Trail, turn right at the third light onto E Zia Road. Make a left onto Camino Corrales, then right onto Old Santa Fe Trail. Drive for about a mile, turn left onto Camino del Monte Sol, and right onto Camino Cruz Blanca. St. John’s College is on the right after the tennis courts. 

By Train

Eastbound and westbound Amtrak trains stop at Lamy, a small town 17 miles from Santa Fe. The Lamy Station Shuttle runs between Lamy Station and the Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe. Reservations should be made in advance by calling (505) 982-8829. The shuttle service will stop at St. John’s College if the request is made ahead of time.

Local Transportation  

For local travel, Santa Fe Trails city buses arrive and depart at the end of St. John’s driveway. Schedules may be picked up at Conference Services, the college Switchboard, and various locations around town, or are available by calling 505.955.2001 or on their website (the college is on Route M).

Capital City Cab can be reached at 505.438.0000.

Students wishing to bike around Santa Fe, or on surrounding trails, should check out Mellow Velo for bike rentals (132 E. Marcy, 505.995.8356).

Bread Loaf staff will assist with transportation in the case of a medical emergency that must be handled off-campus. Students must find their own transportation for all other off-campus non-emergency medical appointments.

Arrival and Departure

Students living on campus may arrive on Tuesday, July 16, starting at 10:00 a.m., unless an early arrival date and time has been requested and approved in advance by the main Bread Loaf office. Student check-in will be held on Tuesday, June 16 in the Bread Loaf office downstairs in the Anderson Dorm Room 102 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Students who need to arrive late or depart early because of work commitments must get approval from the Bread Loaf dean; otherwise students are expected to attend all classes. If you are approved to miss a class, please contact your professor once you arrive on campus to make arrangements for completing missed work. Please notify the onsite directors if you miss any other classes.

St. John’s College ID Cards

At registration, all students will receive an ID card issued by St. John’s College. For on campus students, the St. John’s ID doubles as a meal card and gym pass. There will be a $10 charge for lost ID cards. 

Campus Housing

Bread Loaf students are housed in the Upper Dorm area, which is a three- to five-minute walk from the Peterson Student Center. These dorms consist of two- and three-room doubles, some with balcony access. Dormitory rooms are furnished with beds, desks, bookshelves, and dressing units. The lighting is dim; students may want to bring an extra reading light. The dorms have a shared bathroom and shower on each floor.   

St. John’s provides a weekly linen exchange (two towels, washcloth, two sheets, and a pillowcase): day and time will be available upon arrival on campus.

Campus rooms are equipped with phones. To make a local call, dial 9 first. A calling card is necessary to place long distance calls. Voice mail is not available on these phones.

There will be a charge of $25 for lost room keys.

Smoking is not permitted inside any buildings, including dormitories. Fire danger is extremely high in high-desert country. People who smoke outdoors should check to make sure they are not smoking under someone’s open window, and they must be careful to dispose of cigarettes in the ash buckets located throughout campus. Santa Fe city ordinance dictates that smokers must be 25 feet from any building entrance.

Hot plates, coffee pots, and cooking equipment of all sorts are forbidden in the dormitories.

Pets are not allowed on campus.

Overnight guests, including partners and family are not permitted to stay in campus rooms. Unauthorized guests will be asked to leave the campus.

Campus Dining

The dining room offers vegetarian as well as meat options and provides a full salad bar at lunch and dinner. All students are asked to submit any dietary restrictions on the New Mexico Pre-Arrival Information Form to the Bread Loaf office prior to the start of the summer session.


Cars must be registered with the Bread Loaf office at registration. All students will receive a map showing designated parking areas; they must park in the designated parking area assigned by Conference Services.

Medical Services

There are no medical personnel or facilities on campus. Students should bring a full summer’s coverage of whatever medications they require; (the office can arrange for refrigeration). All students are required to have health insurance to cover emergent and non-emergent health care, as needed. Please refer to the Student Handbook for information on accident insurance.  Santa Fe has one public hospital and four urgent care centers listed below. 

Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center      
455 St. Michaels Dr.,
Santa Fe

Urgent Care Santa Fe
5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. weekdays,
10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. weekends
2801 Rodeo Rd., Santa Fe

Aspen Medical Center
8:00 a.m. –9:00 p.m. weekdays, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. weekends
3450 Zafarano Drive Suite C, Santa Fe

Devargas Health Center
510 N Guadalupe Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
9:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m. weekdays
9:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m. Saturday
Open 24 hours Sunday

(for daytime use) 505.989.8707
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., seven days a week
707 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe 

For emergencies, family or friends can call the Bread Loaf office at 505.995.4084 or the Conference Services office at St. John’s at 505.984.6024.


Office Services of St. John’s College (located on the lower level of Weigle; open 9 am-5 pm) provides copy service to students at five cents per side. The Meem Library also has a coin-operated copy machine.


Coin- and credit card-operated washing machines and dryers are located on campus. The laundry rooms are open from 6:30 a.m. to midnight.

Library and Technology Services

The St. John’s library is a pleasant place to work, though the collection is small. Reserve books for Bread Loaf courses are available in the Bread Loaf Office. Bread Loaf students will have digital access to the Middlebury College Library, including a number of important databases (JSTOR, Project MUSE, Early English Books Online).

There is a computer center downstairs in the Anderson Dorm, Room 103, providing PC and Mac machines and technical support. Wireless and Internet access is available in all dorm rooms. Internet access is available in the computer center, and there is wireless access throughout the St. John’s campus.

Campus Newspaper

The Bread Loaf Santa Fe newsletter, La Miga, will be available electronically on Tuesdays and Thursdays on BreadNet in Cyberbarn.

Clothing and Weather

Much of northern New Mexico is more than 7,000 feet above sea level. The thin air will be noticed with strenuous exercise, but most people acclimate quickly during the initial days. We recommend wearing hats to avoid sunburn. Santa Fe is consistently 10 degrees cooler than the nearby desert but gets the same sunny skies, averaging more than 300 days of sunshine out of 365. Midsummer (July–August) days are dry and sunny (around 80 degrees), with brief afternoon thunderstorms common; evenings are typically in the upper 50s.

Consider bringing warm pajamas and maybe an extra blanket; it is cold in Santa Fe at night. We will be offering regular hikes, so please bring a pair of sturdy hiking boots or good walking shoes.


St. John’s athletic facilities include a weight room, two racquetball or squash courts, a large gymnasium, and locker rooms. The weight room has rowing and elliptical machines, treadmills, bicycles, and Stairmasters. The gym also has foosball, air-hockey, pool, and table tennis tables. Students need their St. John’s ID cards to use facilities.