Break Closing and Housing

Winter Stay

Winter Stay housing begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, December 23, 2023 and ends at 9 a.m., Saturday, January 13, 2024. All students wishing to remain on campus during break must register.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

As in previous years, campus housing during winter break will be available to all students in campus housing for fall 2023 who also have a housing contract for the spring 2023 semester. Students stay in their existing fall semester housing assignment. Students choosing to remain on campus for part or all of Winter Stay (12/23/23-1/13/24) must register. The registration period closed on December 8th, but we have temporarily reopened the application. Please fill out the application to register. If your plans change and you need to cancel, please email  Please include your name, room assignment, and student ID.

The Winter Stay fee is $300 to support the operation and maintenance of the residence halls. This fee will be applied to student accounts. 

I am only staying for a few days, what are my options?

There is no reduced fee for partial stay. Registration is a flat rate of $300. If you are looking to stay or return early it may be cheaper to utilize off-campus options. 

Finding off-campus places to stay

Note: this is list of local businesses with budget-friendly option. These businesses are not necessarily endorsed by or affiliated with the University of Rochester. This list should be considered a courtesy service and UR is not responsible for the procurement or quality of services by these organizations.

  • RocBnB and Hostel offers dorm-style accommodations, private rooms, and entire apartments
  • AirBnb often has bedroom rental options for $25-$80/night, with discounts for longer stays
    • Tip: search the AirBnB listings using the filter options to limit search results by price range
  • Staybridge Suites Hotel  is a short walk from campus - inquire to see if there is a UR/student discount
  • The RIT Inn and Conference Center is an RIT affiliate hotel - inquire to see if there is a UR/student discount
  • A cost-free option is to ask a friend at UR who lives off-campus if they’d let you stay with them for some or all of the duration you need housing in Rochester for.

What if I am registering for Winter Stay and I have a financial need?

Financial support is available for students with demonstrated financial need (those currently receiving federal and/or institutional need-based assistance using the 2023-24 financial aid application) and will be applied on a sliding scale. Aid will be provided based on the student’s level of need, ranging from 0%-100% coverage of the $300 fee. Please contact your financial aid counselor if you have questions about your level of aid. Students with financial hardship may also request support through the Basic Needs Hub.

How do I eat on campus during break?

Winter Stay does not require a meal plan, however, Dining Services will have several eating venues on-campus available, operating with reduced hours. A schedule of hours and services are available on Dining's website. Fall meal plans end after service on 12/23/23. Declining from fall meal plans will continue to be active during the Winter Stay period. Additional declining can be added through Dining's website. Students will be responsible for food expenses. Spring meal plans begin 1/13/24. As always, if you are facing food insecurity, you may request support through the Basic Needs Hub and utilize the Food Pantry.

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 2023, commuter students, and new students arriving early for the spring 2024 term are not eligible for Winter Stay housing. Undergraduates are prohibited from staying in graduate housing areas over winter break.

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 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.

If you are anticipating a room change for spring term, please remember you must be here for move change day (Saturday, January 13, 2024).

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

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

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