BIRL dormitory

All of our housing units have full kitchens with cooking facilities, microwave ovens, coffee makers, etc. Sheets and pillows are provided, but please bring your own towels. Laundry facilities are available.

The Barrier Island Research Lab (BIRL)

The Barrier Island Research Lab (BIRL) has a total of 10 rooms, each of which is triple-occupancy. UGAMI is responsible for 8 of these rooms (for a total of 24 beds), and the Sapelo Island Research Reserve (SINERR) has priority access for the other 2 rooms (for a total of 6 beds). If your group has more than 24 people, we will check on availability. Each room has a separate bathroom.

The BIRL also has a common kitchen area and  a large screened-in porch.


There are 4 apartments, each with 3 or 4 double-occupancy rooms (for a total of 28 beds). Each room has a separate bathroom. The apartments each have a common kitchen area and a small screened-in porch.

Shell Hammock Houses

Shell Hammock is a residential area that is generally used by UGAMI staff. Two houses are available for short-term use. Priority is given to UGAMI faculty and affiliated investigators.


UGAMI has a series of trailers ranging from 1-3 bedrooms. Each trailer has its own bathroom, kitchen, and laundry facilities. There are three areas with available trailers: Pond Circle; Shell Hammock; and Magnolia Circle. Trailers are generally used by visiting research groups, and can be rented for nightly, weekly, or long-term use.