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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 2015-2016:
    • Thanksgiving Break - $240 (8 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

Thanksgiving break begins November 18, 2016 and residence halls close at 7 p.m. Halls will reopen on November 27, 2016 at 12 noon.

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 in November.

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 12 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 12 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 12 noon.

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

End of Spring Semester 2016

Spring Semester ends on May 26, 2016, with residence halls closing at 10 p.m. Residence halls reopen for Summer Housing on June 5, 2016.

To request a late stay, please complete the Late Stay Spring 2016 application (Interim Housing) found on the My Housing portal in May.

If you are requesting late stay, you will need to vacate your room no later than the check out time indicated below based on your request. If you are in your room later than the check out time on the date you have requested, you may be charged a $150 late check-out fee.

Late Stay Until Check out time Fee
5/27 10 a.m. No fee
5/28 - I am graduating or participating in Commencement*
*This will be verified.
6 p.m. No fee


If you are applying for Summer Housing for the first 5-week summer session or the 7 1/2 week summer session, you may add Interim Housing to your Summer Housing application. However, Interim Housing move in is on May 28. You should apply for a Late Stay in order to remain in your Spring assignment before moving to your Summer assignment.

Early Arrival Fall 2016

Transition Housing: From mid-August, Conference Services offers temporary on-campus housing to international students admitted for the 2016-2017 academic year. 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.

International students arriving early to attend ISO are eligible to move into their fall housing assignment in the residence halls on Wednesday, August 24 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Please complete an Early Arrival Fall 2016 application via the Interim Housing section of the My Housing portal by midnight on August 22. 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.

International students staying in temporary on-campus housing and students in conference (temporary) housing for activities (marching band, etc) must check out no later than 4 p.m. on August 24. You may check in to your fall assignment between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Interested students should email Gail Knapp at glanius@udel.edu or call the Christiana Commons front desk at (302) 831-1245.

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

Early Check-In Dates & Times
Group Date Time
New Students
Thursday, August 25 5 p.m - 9 p.m.
Returning Students Saturday, August 27 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Complete the Early Arrival Form
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 26. Your meal plan will not become effective until August 27.