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Winter Break Guide



Winter Break Housing (December 21-January 13, 2024) is available to residence hall students for $35 per night. Most residence halls close for winter break at 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, 2023; 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 22 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 21, 2024. Meal service resumes with brunch on Saturday, January 12, 2023. Dining hours are available on the M Food Co. website –

On-campus retail will be closed from Friday, December 22, 2023-Monday, January 2, 2024.


The residence halls reopen at 8 a.m. on January 13, 2024, for students returning from winter break.

Students living in buildings that 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 21, 2023, unless they pay for winter break housing or live in an apartment.
  2. Confirm 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; you will not be able to enter the building to get things you left behind after your residence hall closes.
  4. If you are staying on campus, carry your U Card with you at all times. 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 the 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.