University of Delaware

Breaks & Early/Late Stays


Residence Life & Housing (RLH) 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. So, when the University isn't in session, staffing in the residence halls is limited.

Residence halls (except for apartment-style housing) close for three breaks during 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.


Thanksgiving Break 2019

Apply for Thanksgiving Break 2019 between October 21 and November 21, 2019
Break Duration: November 23-December 1
Cost: $240 (8 nights)

Residence halls will close at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 22 and reopen at noon on Sunday, December 1.

If you need to request a late stay or plan to stay on campus for the full break, please complete the Thanksgiving Break application found in the Breaks & Early/Late Stays section of the My Housing Portal.

  • Late Stay: Students who need to stay past 7 p.m. on November 22 due to a late class or other circumstance can request a late stay until 10 a.m. Saturday, November 23 at no additional cost. However, failure to vacate your hall by 10 a.m. may result in being charged a $150 improper checkout fee.
  • Full Break Housing: Students who need to stay on campus for any portion of the break can sign up to retain hall access for the full break. Partial stays cannot be requested and will not be prorated. Students participating in break housing will be charged $240 to their student account.

If you live in apartment-style housing (University Courtyard Apartments, One Easton or Executive Apartments), you will keep your building access and do not need to apply for break housing.

If you are leaving for Thanksgiving Break, you don't need to formally check out with a staff member or turn in your room key, but your building access will be turned off when halls close if you don't live in an apartment. Please keep your room key and ID card in a safe place over break!

Before leaving for break, you should make sure to do the following:
  • If applicable, close and lock your windows and close the shades.
  • Remove perishable items from your refrigerator.
  • Take garbage and recycling to appropriate dumpsters.
  • Unplug all electronics except refrigerators and fish tanks.
  • 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.

December Break 2019

Apply for December Break 2019 between November 19 and December 12, 2019.
Break Duration: December 15 - January 5
Cost: $630 (21 nights)

For December Break, you should plan to leave the residence halls within 24 hours of your last final exam. The residence halls close on December 14, 2019 at 10 p.m.

If you need to request a late stay or plan to stay on campus for the full break, please complete the December Break application found in the Breaks & Early/Late stays section of the My Housing portal.

  • Late Stay: Students who have a late exam or travel restrictions can request a late stay through 10 a.m. on December 15 at no additional cost. Failure to follow checkout instructions properly may result in being charged a $150 improper checkout fee.
  • Full Break Housing: Students who wish to stay on campus during the December break must sign up for full break housing. Partial access cannot be accomodated and the rate will not be prorated. The December break fee is $630 and will be charged to the student account.

If you are leaving for break, make sure to do the following before you go:

  • If applicable, close and lock your windows and close the shades.
  • Take garbage and recycling to appropriate dumpsters.
  • Empty and defrost refrigerators a few days before leaving and unplug all electronics.
  • If applicable, turn your heat on to low.
  • Close and lock your doors.
  • Check out with an RLH staff member during designated times, even if you do not have your key*. This will ensure that RLH staff know you have left and you are not mistakenly charged an improper checkout fee.

*FYI: You should still check out with staff even if you do not have your room key. Students who fail to follow move out instructions may be charged a $150 improper checkout fee. Additionally, if you do not turn in your key, you will be charged for a lock core change.

Looking Ahead:

If you plan to live on campus for Winter Session, you must be taking courses or participating in a University-related program or activity. Residence halls reopen for Winter Session at noon on January 5, 2020. Residence hall check-in is noon to 6 p.m. Learn more about what you need to do to secure housing in our Winter Session Guide.

Not returning to campus until Spring? Residence halls reopen for Spring Semester at noon on February 9, 2020. Residence hall check-in is available noon to 6 p.m. Learn more about Spring check in with our Spring Move-In Guide, which will be posted to our website later in the semester.

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