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Winter Break

Post-Thanksgiving & Winter Break December 2020–January 2021

Check-Out Process

University Housing closes at 5pm on Sun. Nov 29, 2020 for those who have not requested to stay for the rest of fall semester. We strongly encourage students to not return to the campus or surrounding community following Thanksgiving. Staying away will minimize the risk of our students reintroducing the virus into the community after the Thanksgiving holiday and will reduce the likelihood of students needing to be quarantined into the year-end holiday period.

For those who have been approved to stay for the remainder of Fall semester, housing closes for Winter Break at 5 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 12, 2020. Residents may remain on campus throughout final exam week. Residents must depart for Winter Break no later than 5 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 12; residents who are graduating may remain on-campus until 10 a.m. on Fri., Dec. 18.

Residents that’s have extenuation circumstances and need to stay past Dec. 12 or Dec. 18 will be required to complete a Winter Break Last Stay request. This form will be emailed out on Dec. 3 to all residents who have been approved to stay past Nov. 29.

Before departing for break all residents should:

  • Remove items from floor(s)
  • Clean and vacuum/sweep their entire room/apartment
  • Clean dishes, etc. (dirty items should note be left in sinks)
  • Clean out refrigerator/freezer items that could go bad over break
  • Remove all trash and recycling to designated areas
  • Unplug all electronic devices (except fish tanks and fridges)
  • If your thermostat is adjustable, please set to 70° F
  • Lock windows, close blinds, turn off all lights
  • Close and lock door on the way out.

Residents in Calhoun Courts and Lightsey Bridge I will be required to return their keys prior to departing. Failure to do so will result in a $75 lock change fee. All other residents must retain their keys upon departure as all room and apartment doors will be locked for the duration of break.

University Housing staff may enter your room/apartment over the break period to complete inspections. Inspections are for the purpose of assessing the current condition of the space and/or to ensure that all electrical items are unplugged.

If you are moving out of Housing, and plan to depart on or before Nov. 29, please ensure ALL items are removed at your time of departure. Residents failure to do so could result in housing credit reversal.

Billing Information

We encourage you to check your Spring 2021 University bills prior to leaving for the fall semester to verify Housing & Dining charges. If you do not plan to be enrolled on campus for the Spring 2020 semester and you see a Housing charge on your bill, you need to complete the Spring 2020 School Related Cancellation Request form.

Spring 2021 Room Change Process

Room changes are not permitted between the fall and spring semesters. Room changes will resume on Jan. 14 after occupancy verification processes have been completed. For more information, visit the Room Change Processes page.

Parking Information

Parking and Transportation Services, requires you to move your vehicle in the R-6 parking lot if you are departing for fall semester prior to the home football game on Nov. 28. Individuals departing after the football game on the 29th should also plan to move their vehicles to R-6. The R-6 is located on the East side of campus across from Kite Hill, which will be patrolled regularly by CUPD throughout the break. Be sure to lock your vehicle; no valuables should be left inside, visible or hidden.

Textbook Rental Return Guide

Textbook rentals are due back by Dec. 11, 2020. This year there are 2 options to return your rental textbooks:

  • Return in store: When you no longer need your textbook(s), you can return them to the bookstore any time on or before your due date. VIEW STORE HOURS
  • Return by mail: If you are unable to return your rental textbooks before leaving campus, you can ship them back to us via UPS before your due date. Find step-by-step instructions to purchase and print your shipping label on our website. Click here to PURCHASE YOUR SHIPPING LABEL Please note that you will need your order number to print the shipping label, which can be found in the confirmation or rental reminder emails from your online order or, if you rented in store, in any of your rental reminder emails which starts 21 days from your due date.

Select rental textbooks are available to purchase up until the rental rue date. Rental Reminder emails will contain a ‘Buy Now’ link next to eligible titles. This can also be done via My Account online or in-store. If you have additional questions about your textbook rentals please review the bookstore’s Rental FAQs.

Spring 2021 Meal Plan Changes

If you would like to make changes to your Meal Plan for Spring 2021, you should make changes in iROAR under Optional Fees. To note: first-year students may only change to another Unlimited Plan and Bridge students are not eligible to make changes to their meal plans.

Final Exams & Quiet Hours                                                                  

Final Exams take place Dec. 7–11, 2020. 24-hour quiet hours are in effect from 7 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 4 through 10 a.m. on Sat., Dec. 12. Please be respectful of your neighbors’ rights to sleep and study during this time.

Sustainability Tips

  • Consider carpooling to the airport or using other forms of sustainable travel.
  • Do you have items that you no longer need or want, but that are in good condition? Please drop off any donation items at the Goodwill drop boxes on campus.


If you have questions about post-Thanksgiving or Winter Break closing, please speak to a Residential Living staff member.  Good luck on your final exams!