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The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a secure campus. Access is controlled at the East and West entrances of Bethel Valley Road through a portal manned by security personnel.  Access is granted for badged personnel and subcontractors and for visitors with pre-authorization facilitated through the Personnel Access System.  Building access is controlled by a proximity card issued for specific buildings as appropriate.

Parking inside (meaning inside the fence, near buildings) is by permit only. Students and subcontractors are required to park in designated lots. ORNL shuttle service to/from parking lots is available.


Important Note

Summer housing in the Oak Ridge area is highly recommended to avoid heavy traffic, high probability of delays, arriving at work late, and fuel economy. There is no public transportation to/from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Reliable transportation is the sole responsibility of the student.

ORNL cannot recommend any accommodations! Arranging housing is the sole responsibility of the student. It is advisable to make housing arrangements early because the summer population increases dramatically, making it more difficult to find suitable summer housing.

Students are encouraged to contact former students for housing and transportation tips. Email addresses for former students may be reviewed on the student one-page abstracts.

Web Information

Guide to Short-Term Housing
15 Gold Rules for Summer Interns on the Job