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Breaks & Early/Late Stays

Residence halls (except Christiana Towers) close for three breaks throughout the school year: Thanksgiving Break, December Break, and Spring Break. 

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.
  • Full break housing fees for 2016-2017:
    • Thanksgiving Break - $210 (7 nights)
    • December Break - $420 (14 nights)
    • Spring Break - $240 (8 nights)
  • 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 2016

We're closing on Nov 19 so you can go to Battle ofthe Blue

This year, Residence Life & Housing is partnering with UD Athletics to support the “Battle of the Blue” game (the last UD Football home game of the season) by extending our hall closing for Thanksgiving Break! "Battle of the Blue" will be held on November 19, 2016. Find out more information about the game here.

Thanksgiving break will begin November 19 and residence halls close at 8 p.m. If the game is delayed past 7 p.m., students must check out within 1 hour of game end.

Because checkout has been extended for the game, there will be no late stay option for Thanksgiving Break.

Halls will reopen on November 27 at noon.

To request to stay, please complete the Thanksgiving Break application (Interim Housing) found on the My Housing portal, available November 1 - 17, 2016.

December Break 2016

December Break begins December 17, 2016 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, 2016.

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 now. (See Winter Session below)

Halls reopen for Spring Semester on February 5, 2017 from 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.

Winter Session 2017

Residence hall check-in for Winter Session 5-week classes is on January 2, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or for Winter Session 5-week class walk-ins, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m on January 3, 2017.

Residence hall check-in for Winter Session 4-week classes is on January 8, 2016 from noon to 7 p.m. or for Winter Session 4-week class walk-ins, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on January 9, 2017.

Students leaving after Winter Session must check-out of the residence halls by 6 p.m. on February 4, 2017.

If you plan to live on campus for Winter Session, you must have a University-related reason for staying on campus and must complete the Winter Session housing application found on the My Housing portal, available now. If you sign up for a Winter Session class or live in a campus apartment, you do not need to complete the application.

For more detailed information about Winter Session, including information on dining plans, visit the Winter Session page.

Early Arrival Spring 2017

Students may move in to the residence halls early for Spring semester on Saturday, February 4, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Log in to My Housing and select the Interim Housing option to complete the Early Arrival Spring 2017 application, beginning in January. The fee for early check-in is $50.

Spring Break 2017

Spring break begins on March 24, 2017, with halls closing at 7 p.m. Residence halls will reopen on April 2, 2017 at noon.

To request to stay, please complete the Spring Break application (Interim Housing) found on the My Housing portal available in early March.