Student Housing & Benefits

a big, blue house surrounded by trees

Students enrolled in the Professional Horticulture, College & University Internship, and International Internship & Trainee Programs are able to live rent-free on Red Lion Row.

Located on the Longwood Gardens grounds, Red Lion Row was originally built in the early 20th century by Pierre S. du Pont to house his employees and their families. At any given time, there are up to 40 students living in 12 fully furnished duplex-style houses, each with three or four bedrooms, on "The Row."


  • Free furnished housing on the grounds of Longwood Gardens. Further details of the houses are below. This is a taxable benefit; all utilities are included except cable television. Students can purchase cable television and pay for it individually if desired. All houses on The Row have central air conditioning and access to free WiFi.
  • All students receive a taxable hourly wage based on a 40-hour work week. Hourly rates vary among programs.
  • Time off: All students receive one day a month for the time they’re employed. Professional Horticulture students receive three week-long trimester breaks.
  • 10 paid holidays per year.
  • Access to field trips, hands-on workshops, lectures, and conferences.


Longwood offers medical insurance (does not include dental or eye care) to program participants who are here for more than six months. All international interns and trainees are required to participate in this medical insurance plan.

Housing Details


Kitchens have an oven, stove, and refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and toaster. Each kitchen is equipped with dishes, silverware, and pots and pans. The Row also has a recycling and composting program.


Each student has his or her own private bedroom. Each bedroom comes with one twin bed, dresser, nightstand, lamp, desk, and chair.

Dining Room and Computer

Dining rooms have a table and chairs and one Longwood desktop computer with high-speed Internet access and a printer. Students may bring their own computer, and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the residence.

Living Room

Living rooms are furnished and have a television. Students may install cable at their own expense. Telephones with local service are provided.

Mudroom and Bathrooms

Each mudroom has a utility sink, as well as a washer and dryer. There are two full bathrooms in each house. Longwood supplies trash cans, vacuum, broom, dust pan, and mop. Other cleaning and personal supplies must be bought by the students.

Housing Agreement

Longwood requires all incoming residents to sign a housing agreement and provide a $150 security deposit.

Student Garden Area

Directly south of the student houses is the student garden area. Professional Horticulture students are required to keep a garden as part of their coursework. Interns and internationals may also keep a garden if they wish. Many find this practice an exceptional supplement to their educational experience. Students are responsible for the upkeep of their individual gardens and must return the plot to its original condition before leaving. Communal tools are available as well as mulch, compost, and leaf mold. A greenhouse and head house are provided for the Professional Horticulture students’ coursework.