A Guide for the Frugal Attendee to General Assembly

The General Assembly (GA) Office and Planning Committee are committed to the goal of making GA accessible to the maximum number of attendees possible. Recognizing that traveling to and participating in General Assembly can be a costly venture, we have prepared this guide to help potential attendees take advantage of the many available cost-saving opportunities.

General Assembly on a Budget

Registration

The GA Volunteer Committee funds full-time GA registrations in exchange for 18 hours of volunteer work at GA (10 hours for those eligible for reduced registration rates). More about volunteer positions.

Financial Support is available for those experiencing financial hardship, Youth (high school), Emerging Adults (18-24), and for those who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). Funds collected via voluntary contribution during GA registration are distributed in the same year they are donated.

Additional funds for youth and young adults may be available from the Lifespan Faith Engagement Office; contact yayaministry@uua.org.

Register early, when rates are lowest. Registration rates increase March 1 and again on May 1.

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Web Team provides extensive coverage of GA through our website so that those who are not able to join us in person may still participate. Many GA events are made available at no cost at UUA.org.

If you attend GA as a delegate from your congregation, your travel and registration expenses may be tax deductible. Consult the IRS or a tax professional.

Transportation

General Assembly 2022 has been posted on the rideshare site RickyRides. Drivers and riders can post ride offers or requests with by location (zipcode). Congregations can create a post and put park-and-ride information in the description.

Read about other transportation options, including Greyhound, Amtrak, and regional rail in Portland.

Food

Buying items such as fruit, bagels, granola bars, instant oatmeal, and carrying a refillable water bottle can eliminate the need to buy breakfast and lunch out.

Planning your schedule ahead of time and knowing when and how you will eat meals will keep you from spending impulsively on concessions or fast food.

Local Cheap Eats

Lodging

Share the cost of housing by staying in a hotel with flat-rate pricing. For example, four people can share a room at a hotel with flat-rate pricing, split the cost up to four ways, and enjoy amenities such as parking, a refrigerator in the room, wi-fi internet access, and a pool and fitness center.

If you are looking for a roommate, we suggest first seeking other members of your congregation or district through local contacts.

In 2022, dormitory-style housing will be available at Portland State University (PSU). Additionally, the Local Area Task Force is working to organize a Home Hospitality program (bed and breakfast style accommodations with local UU hosts).

More about GA Housing.

All information is subject to change.

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A mother and son enjoy a walk alongside the Spokane river.

Simeon and Brenda Thomas of the South Valley UU Society in Cottonwood Heights, UT, walk along the Spokane River in 2019.

An exuberant woman, wearing a shawl, spreads her arms in celebration and welcome. A projection of the pink GA logo forms a backdrop.

Vicki Pratt of the Second Unitarian Church of Omaha, NE enjoys a moment at the 2018 General Assembly in Kansas City, MO.