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Breaks & Early/Late Stays

Breaks & Early/Late Stay Periods: Early Arrival Fall | 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.
  • Full break housing fees will be announced in early summer.
  • 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.

Early Arrival Fall 2017

Apply for Early Arrival Fall 2017 July 10 - August 21, 2017

Temporary/Conference Housing: International students admitted for the 2017-2018 academic year can request temporary on-campus housing between August 12 and August 23 from Conference Services.

  • Students will be housed in Laird Campus residence halls at a rate of $50 per night.
  • An optional linen package that includes a pillow, blanket, bed linens and towels can be purchased from the Christiana Commons front desk for an additional $25.
  • Interested students should contact Cathy Matthews in Conference Services or call the Christiana Commons front desk at (302) 831-1245.

Transition Housing: Students staying in temporary on-campus housing and students in temporary/conference housing for activities (marching band, etc.) must check out no later than 11 a.m. on August 23. You may check in to your fall assignment between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.*

International students arriving early to attend International Student Orientation (ISO) are eligible to move directly into their fall housing assignment in the residence halls on Wednesday, August 23, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Students attending ISO will be charged a discounted fee of $25 per night for early check-in, and this list of students will be verified with the NSO office.

All students moving in to their residence hall before Saturday, August 26 must complete an Early Arrival Fall 2017 application via the Interim Housing section of the My Housing portal between July 10 and August 21.

The fee for early check-in is $50 per night. There is no check-in on Friday, August 25. Your meal plan will not become effective until August 26.

Early Check-In: Students may move in to the residence halls early for Fall semester.

Early Check-In Dates & Times
Group Date Time
First-Year, Transfer and international Students
Thursday, August 24 5 p.m - 9 p.m.
Returning Students Thursday, August 24 5 p.m - 9 p.m.
Saturday, August 26 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.



Complete the Early Arrival Form

July 10 - August 21
You can request Transition Housing and Early Check-In via My Housing. Select the Interim Housing option and complete the Early Arrival Fall application. The fee for early check-in is $50 per night. There is no check-in on Friday, August 25. Your meal plan will not become effective until August 26.

Thanksgiving Break 2017

Apply for Thanksiving Break 2017 in early November (exact dates will be announced)

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

Residence halls will reopen on November 26 at noon.

To request to stay, please complete the Thanksgiving Break application (Interim Housing) found on the My Housing portal.

December Break 2017

Apply for December Break 2017 beginning in late November (exact dates will be announced)

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 beginning November 21, 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 October 30, 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.