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Major Break Information

Residence halls (except Christiana Towers) close for three breaks throughout the school year: Thanksgiving Break, December Break, and Spring Break. Students may request break housing in all traditional residence halls except:

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 2015-2016:
    • Thanksgiving Break - $240 (8 nights)
    • December Break - $420 (14 nights)
    • Spring Break - $240 (8 nights)

Break-specific information follows.

Thanksgiving Break 2015

Thanksgiving break begins November 20, 2015 and residence halls close at 7 p.m. Halls will reopen on November 29, 2015 at 2 p.m. To request to stay, please complete the Thanksgiving Break application (Interim Housing) found on the My Housing portal, available in early November.

December Break 2015

December Break begins December 19, 2015 and residence halls close at 10 p.m. To request to stay, please complete the December Break application (Interim Housing) found on the My Housing portal, available in late November.

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 in October.

Halls reopen for Spring Semester on February 7, 2016 from 2 to 9 p.m., with room change period for students on campus during Winter Session from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

If you participate in Mutual Room Exchange (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 2016

Residence hall check-in for Winter Session 5-week classes is on January 3, 2016 from 2 to 9 p.m. or for Winter Session 5-week class walk-ins, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m on January 4, 2016.

Residence hall check-in for Winter Session 4-week classes is on January 10, 2016 from 2 to 9 p.m. or for Winter Session 4-week class walk-ins, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on January 11, 2016.

Students leaving after Winter Session must check-out of the residence halls by 7 p.m. on February 6, 2016.

If you plan to live on campus for Winter Session, you must complete the Winter Session housing application found on the My Housing portal, available in October.

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

Spring Break 2016

Spring break begins on March 25, 2016, with halls closing at 7 p.m. Residence halls will reopen on April 3, 2016 at 12 noon.

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