Budget, Lodging and Other Planning Helps

Resources available through the Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence while on a Sabbath Leave

Housing prices

When considering local hotel accommodations for long-term housing, please keep in mind taxes are 18% in addition to the room rate and are not usually quoted in the price.  All rates are subject to change.  The following are a few of the hotels which offer discounted rates for guests of Samford University.

TownePlace Suites by Marriott (3 miles from Samford's campus) provides furnished studio suites with queen beds, full kitchens, and a living area.

  • 1-5 consecutive nights will be $99 to $159 + tax per night
  • 6-11 consecutive nights will be $89 to $119 + tax per night
  • 12-29 consecutive nights will be $80 to $100 + tax per night
  • 30+ consecutive nights will be $64 to $89 + tax per night

TownePlace Suites by Marriott accepts pets for a non-refundable $75 fee (well-mannered dogs, cats, birds, and fish). They have an onsite laundry room, exercise room, barbeque area, and same day valet dry cleaning. A free grab-n-go breakfast consisting of coffee, muffins, breakfast/cereal bars, fruit, and juice is provided daily.

Please visit the Marriott Rewards web site to join for free to take advantage of member-exclusive specials, including rate discounts, sweepstakes, and offers from Marriott's travel partners. Share in the privileges of membership like express check-in and guaranteed rooms.

Residence Inn by Marriott (3 miles from Samford's campus) provides fully furnished suites with fully equipped kitchen and separate living area.

  • 1-5 consecutive nights will be $119 to $179 + tax per night
  • 6-11 consecutive nights will be $109 to $129 + tax per night
  • 12-29 consecutive nights will be $89 to $119 + tax per night
  • 30+ consecutive nights will be $79 to $105 + tax per night

Residence Inn by Marriott has daily housekeeping service, complimentary full weekly dinners, complimentary full hot breakfast, on-site health club facilities, same day valet dry cleaning service, and a 24/7 self-serve food and beverage kiosk. 

Drury Inn & Suites Southwest (3 miles from Samford's campus) standard hotel rooms with microwaves and refrigerators in each room and a free hot breakfast.

  • Nightly rate is $88 plus tax

Drury Inn & Suites Southwest has a guest laundry room, exercise room, and free wireless internet. A free hot QUIKSTART breakfast is provided daily.

 Other local hotels which  offer discounted rates for Samford guests are listed on the Samford University website at http://www.samford.edu/admission/travel_and_lodging.html

Premier Living Suites offers short-term fully-furnished apartments which include all of your furnishings, utilities, phone service, cable television, and fully-equipped kitchen.  

  • $1350 to $1650 per month (includes tax)

Each apartment has a full size washer and dryer, swimming pools, workout facilities. Pets are allowed with fee. 30 day minimum stay. Deposit required 14 days prior to check in.

Meal prices on campus

The University cafeteria offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Prices are $6.00 for breakfast, $8.00 for lunch, and $9.50 for dinner. There is also a food court on campus with fast-food options such as : The Griller (hamburgers), Block and Barrel (deli), Casa Solana (fast food Mexican), Wrap Around (wrapped sandwiches), The Potato Bar, and Chick-Fil-A and O'Henry's. Prices range from $1 to $10.

Meetings with faculty

Meetings with faculty resource persons at Samford University can be arranged for an appropriate honorarium. A resource list of selected faculty members, their credentials and experience is available upon request.

Schedule of classes

The schedule of classes for Samford University and Beeson Divinity School are available online at http://www.samford.edu/groups/sturec/current_academic_calendar.htm.  There is a charge of $100 to "sit in"  on a Beeson School of Divinity class.

Samford Wellness Program

Sabbath Leave Participants will receive access to the fitness facilities; gyms, fitness classes (as available) and the campus pool.  The Homewood/Lakeshore Walking Trail is located directly across from campus.   For more information and details, please contact resource@samford.edu. 

Pastoral counseling

Individual pastoral counseling is available through the Samaritan Counseling Center at $110 per one hour session.

Planning and advice from an alumnus

"Remember the Sabbatical" by Gary Furr, pastor, Vestavia Hills Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

City of Birmingham

For local weather, area attractions, tourist guide, calendar of events, golf packages, maps, etc. please visit the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau website.