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Breaks & Early/Late Stays

Breaks & Early/Late Stay Periods: Thanksgiving Break | December Break

Residence Life & Housing staff members participate in extensive staff training prior to fall opening and we encourage our residence hall staff to take time away and go home to their families to recharge during University breaks and between semesters. Therefore, when the University is not in session, staffing in the residence halls is limited.

Residence halls (except Christiana Towers) close for three breaks throughout the school year:

There is a fee to remain in traditional (non-apartments) residence halls during breaks. Staff is not available to manage or monitor partial stays, so they are not permitted.

  • Late Stay: The first night of each break period is not charged; however documented justification and prior approval are required. This is considered a "late stay" and students must vacate the hall by 10 a.m. the morning after the halls close, or they will be charged a late check-out fee.
  • Early Arrival Fall/Spring: Students may move in to the residence halls early for Fall & Spring semesters at the rate of $50 per night.

Specific information for each period follows.

Thanksgiving Break 2017

Apply for Thanksiving Break 2017 between November 1 and 16, 2017
Cost: $240 (8 nights)

Thanksgiving break will begin November 17; residence halls close at 7 p.m.

Residence halls will reopen on November 26 at noon.

To request break housing, please complete the Thanksgiving Break application (Interim Housing) found on the My Housing portal, available November 1 - 16, 2017.

If you need to stay past 7 p.m. on November 17 – a late exam, commitment or travel plans – you can stay until 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 18, but you need to complete the Thanksgiving Break application. With a late stay request completed, you can stay in the hall until 10 a.m. on November 18. If you leave the hall after 10 a.m., you could be charged a late check-out fee.

Before leaving for break, you should make sure to do the following:

  • If applicable, close and lock their windows and close the shades.
  • Take garbage and recycling to appropriate dumpsters.
  • Unplug all electronics except refrigerators and fish tanks; however, they should remove perishable items from their refrigerators.
  • If applicable, turn the heat on to low.
  • Close and lock your doors.

Your RA will give you a checklist, which each roommate should complete and sign. To contribute to the safety and security of our residence halls, Resident Assistant staff will be entering rooms to conduct health and safety checks during break.

If you are leaving for break, you don’t need to turn in your room key, but your building access will be turned off if you don’t live in an apartment. Please keep your key and ID in a safe place over break!

December Break 2017

Apply for December Break 2017 between November 21 and December 14, 2017.
Cost: $480 (16 nights)

December Break begins December 16, 2017 and residence halls close at 10 p.m. To request a late stay or a full break stay, please complete the December Break application (Interim Housing) found on the My Housing portal, available November 21 - December 14, 2017.

If you plan to live on campus for Winter Session, you must have a University-related reason for staying on campus, you may need to complete the Winter Session housing application found on the My Housing portal, available November 1, 2017.

Halls reopen for Spring Semester on February 4, 2018 at noon; residence hall check-in is noon to 7 p.m.

If you participate in Mutual Room Exchange or Find A Vacancy (Mid-Year Room Change), you should review complete information about changing rooms, when you are expected to move out and what to do with your keys.

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