The Residence Agreement dates exclude the Winter Break campus closure between the Fall and Winter academic sessions. This means that students are expected to leave residence during the Winter Break campus closure and secure alternate accommodation during this period. Students may leave their belongings locked in their rooms that they will return to in January. Students who do not request housing during the closure will not have access to the Residences during the Winter Break closure.
Students with exceptional circumstances, such as international and out-of-province students who cannot return home for the Winter Break, may apply to stay in Residence during the Winter Break. An additional fee applies for use of space during this time. During the Winter Break, the University is closed and services will be limited. Food services are closed, there are no IT services, the Residence office is closed, and there are minimal staff on-site.
Students will be emailed instructions for preparing their units for the Winter Break before the Winter exam period. Students are expected to work together with their housemates to leave their units tidy.
Students must vacate residence no later than 12:00pm on the final date of the Fall exam period. Students may return to Residence after 10:00am on the Winter session move in day.
Applications for Winter Break accommodation are available on the StarRez Portal around the time of Fall Reading Week and the submission deadline is by mid-November each year. Permission to remain in the Residences during this time period is subject to University approval and should not be considered automatic. Students who are approved to stay must follow all steps, such as updating their key at the Residence office, in order to complete their registration to stay for the Winter Break.