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Winter Break Guide




Winter break housing (Dec 23-Jan 13, 2023) is available to residence hall students for $35 per night. Most residence halls close for winter break at 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 22, 2022; Centennial and 17th Avenue residence halls remain open for those who choose to remain on-campus. Residence hall students staying on campus during break may be required to move to temporary spaces in a different building.

Residents can request to stay in their room until 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 23 for no additional charge.


All apartments remain open during winter break, and apartment residents may stay at no extra charge.


The dining halls close for break after lunch on Thursday, December 22, 2022. Meal service resumes with brunch on Saturday, January 14, 2023. Dining hours  are available on the M Food Co. website –

On-campus retail will be closed from Friday, December 23, 2022-Monday, January 2, 2023.


The residence halls reopen at 8 a.m. on January 14, 2023, for students returning from winter break.

Students living in buildings which remain open during winter break (Centennial, 17th Avenue, and on-campus apartments) may return whenever they wish. 

Key Details

As you make plans for the end of your fall semester and winter break, please follow these general tips to ensure a smooth transition for fall closing:

  1. All residents must leave the residence halls on December 22, 2022, unless they pay for winter break housing or live in an apartment.

  2. Check that all of your windows are securely shut and locked before you leave. Your belongings and the building could be severely damaged if a pipe bursts due to the water freezing if a window is left open. 

  3. Bring your own packing materials – boxes, bins, bags – to transport items you’re bringing home for now (carts will be available). When leaving for break, be sure to take everything you need; once the residence halls close you will not have access to anything left behind until the buildings reopen in January.

  4. Keep your U Card with you at all times for building access if staying on campus. If leaving, don't forget to bring your U Card back when you return.

  5. Empty your trash and discard all perishable items before leaving.

Please see additional sections below for more information. 

Preparing to Leave

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Current Residents
Your guide to your building's resources, services, and support.
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Housing Contract
Review terms, provisions, and payment information to secure your housing space.
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Change or Cancel
Requests to cancel or change housing assignments must be made in advance.