Winter Break Closing and Break Housing

Winter Stay Housing—2021

Who do I contact if I have a question about Winter Stay?

Please direct all Winter Stay questions to the Winter Stay housing email.

What are the Winter Stay housing dates?

Winter Stay housing begins Saturday, December 18, 2021 and ends Friday, January 7, 2022. Students will return to their regular housing on Friday, January 7.

Who is eligible for Winter Stay housing?

Winter Stay housing is limited to undergraduate students currently living in housing who are returning in the spring. Students leaving for Education Abroad programs for spring term, taking a Leave of Absence, graduating in December 2021, commuter students, and new students arriving early for the spring 2022 term are not eligible for Winter Stay housing. Undergraduates are prohibited from staying in graduate housing areas over winter break.

Is there a cost for Winter Stay Housing?

No, there is no additional charge to stay for Winter Stay 2021.

Can I stay in my own room?

Yes. All students staying for break must register to stay.

Can I stay in my friend’s room if I prefer to?

No. Now that all residence halls will remain open, students are expected to stay in their currently assigned room.

Can I visit my friends and can my friends visit me?

Yes, students who are registered for Winter Stay Housing will be able to visit each other in other residence halls– your ID card will allow you to access your residence hall 24 hours/day and will allow you to visit other residence halls from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. every day. Your Winter Stay card access will allow you to swipe in to visit your friends. HOWEVER, Only Winter Stay students are allowed in the residence halls, so friends and fellow students who are not registered for Winter Stay will not be able to visit you on campus.

How will the buildings be staffed for the Winter Stay Period?

RAs will be staffing residence halls for the break period. They will be doing rounds and providing small group and virtual activities for students. Additionally, Wilson Commons Student Activities have been arranging to provide limited programming for those students who will be remaining on-campus. Residential Life staff and Department of Public Safety staff will walk through all residential areas every day.

Public Safety will assist you if you are locked out of your room. If you are locked out, call 585-275-3333. You must be on the break list for Public Safety to let you into your room.

Most Area Offices will be open throughout break, please check the hours posted on those offices for specific times and days. The main Office for Residential Life and Housing Services (020 Gates, SBA) will be open during regular business hours Monday, December 20-Wednesday, December 22, and Monday December 27 – Friday, December 31. All offices reopen for normal business hours on Monday, January 3, 2022.

For any maintenance emergencies in River Campus Residence Halls and Brooks Crossing, please call UR Facilities Customer Service at 585-273-4567. For maintenance emergencies in Southside call 585-271-7604. For maintenance emergencies in Riverview call 585-235-2161

What events are happening during the break?

The College is sponsoring a number of WINTER STAY events. Please like the Winter Stay Facebook page to learn about fun and interesting events going on, and to connect with others who are staying on campus during the break:

Check out the Winter Stay webpage for lots of useful information including shuttle schedules, dining locations and hours*, library hours, athletic center hours, and more:

What are the food options for the Winter Stay period?

Students are able to use their declining dollars for the Winter Stay period. If you have a Pass Plan, you will not be able to use it after December 17. Only the declining dollars portion of your plan can be used over the Winter Stay period. Additional deposits can be made at the Customer Service/ID Office located in the Susan B. Anthony Hall, using cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. Deposits may also be made on the web at The Customer Service/ID Office will have very limited hours during the Winter Stay period.

The Pit, Starbucks and the Hillside Pod will be opened on specified dates and times. Schedules will be available soon. Students may also use their declining dollars in Café 601 at URMC (Medical Center) – they have extended hours and are open every day.

Additionally, students will be able to use their declining dollars for off-campus restaurants on Grubhub through January 7, 2022.

If you are anticipating a room change for spring term, please remember you must be here for move change day (January 8).

A list of undergraduate students who register for Winter Stay is provided to Public Safety and area offices.