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Break Housing Information

All residence halls will be closed during official college breaks (Fall Break, Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break and Easter).

For safety reasons, students will need to find alternative housing during those periods unless granted an exception. If a student needs to remain on campus during a college break, they must fill out the appropriate form for an exception to be granted. A separate form must be completed for each break that the student is requesting to stay. Reasons exceptions may be granted include academic reasons, work, and transportation if the student lives a considerable distance from campus.

Completing an application does not mean that a student is guaranteed to stay. Students should make alternate plans should they not be granted permission to stay. Students who are approved to stay on campus for a personal (non-College related) reason (including off-campus work and distance from campus) will pay a fee of $35 per night for every night they are on campus during a break period. Students who are staying on campus due to athletics or are working with a faculty or staff member for academic or employment reasons will not be charged the break housing fee. An email from the faculty or staff member will be required to waive this fee. Any student who does not request or is not approved to stay on campus during a break period will be asked to leave the residence halls immediately and will be fined $50.

Any student who does not fill out the form and receive approval to stay over the break will be asked to leave the residence halls immediately.

Residential housing will be closed for the following official College breaks in 2017-2018:

  • Fall Break: Buildings close on Friday, October 13, 2017, at 6 p.m. and open on Tuesday, October 17 at 1 p.m. Break Housing Request forms for Fall Break are due on Wednesday, October 4.
  • Thanksgiving Break: Buildings close on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 6 p.m. and open on Sunday, November 26 at 1 p.m. Break Housing Request forms for Thanksgiving Break are due on Friday, November 10.
  • Winter Break: Buildings close on Friday, December 15, 2017, at 6 p.m. and open on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at 10 a.m. for Spring Semester. Break Housing Request forms for Winter Break are due on Wednesday, December 6. *Requests will only be accepted for December 15–22 and January 2-7.  No students will be permitted on campus between December 23 and January 1.
  • Spring Break: Buildings close on Friday, March 2, 2018, at 6 p.m. and open on Sunday, March 11 at 1 p.m. Break Housing Request forms for Spring Break are due on Wednesday, February 21.
  • Easter Break: Buildings close on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 6 p.m. and open on Monday, April 2 at 1 p.m. Break Housing Request forms for Easter Break are due on Tuesday, March 20.

Please note that food service is not available during these breaks. The dining hall will be closed during the same dates and times as the residence halls. The first meal served following an official break is dinner the night that residence halls open.

Guests are also not permitted when residence halls are closed during official breaks, as well as when residence halls are closed before residence halls open for fall semester and after residence halls close for spring semester.

The department of student life will work in conjunction with the athletic and education departments to ensure all housing needs for appropriate in-season student-athletes/trainers and student teachers are met during break periods (excluding Winter Break as students will not be permitted to reside on campus except for the first two days of this break). In-season student athletes/trainers and current student teachers do not need to complete a request form as lists will be acquired from the appropriate departments.

Questions? Contact us!

Department of Student Life
540-828-5380
studentlife@bridgewater.edu