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General Information

Winter Stay Housing


The University of Rochester anticipates that most students will go home between the Fall and Spring semester. However, there are options for those students who do need to stay. 

If you are leaving, all University undergraduate residence halls close on December 22, 2018, at 9 a.m. Make sure to arrange travel plans ahead of time, pack items you wish to take home, and remember to take all medicines, passports, and other essential things with you. More information about halls closing will be provided to you and posted soon by your residence hall staff (RAs, CAs, GHAs, GHRs, and RDs).

If you are staying, Brooks Crossing, Riverview, Southside, Southside Maisonettes, Susan B. Anthony Halls and Genesee Halls are the only buildings open for undergraduate students over winter break. You cannot enter, visit, or gain access to any other Residence Halls during this time without permission. Anyone not registered will need permission from Residential Life and may need Public Safety escort during this time-frame.

IMPORTANT: Only the host can complete this application for themselves or for a guest staying their assigned space. To have building access, please register yourself or a guest (login with your @u account): Winter Stay Housing Application  (Application opens November 26, 2018, at 10 a.m. and the Deadline is December 17, 2018, at 11:59 p.m.)

NOTIFICATIONS: The host, guest, and roommate (if applicable) will receive email notifications after the application is submitted.

Registration is required for the safety and security of our campus during the semester break. Lists of undergraduate students who received permission to stay during winter stay are provided to Public Safety (585) 275-3333 and individual Area Offices.

As a reminder, you cannot stay in someone's room without permission (roommates too). All guests staying during winter stay housing 2018-19 must be current undergraduate University of Rochester students with a spring 2019 housing contract. Commuter students are prohibited from staying in residence halls during winter break. Undergraduate students are prohibited from staying in graduate housing areas over winter break.

All undergraduate University of Rochester students staying over break must arrange their own key exchanges with their host, provide accurate contact information, and arrange their own meals. University dining plans are not available between semesters.


We urge you to try to find a room on your own. If you are having difficulty finding someone who will share their space with you, consider these strategies:

  • Talk with your RA.  They may be able to help identify someone that would be willing to let you stay in their room.
  • Talk with friends in UR clubs and organizations.  These are often overlooked ways of finding a friend with an available room.
  • Ask friends to ask their friends if there might be options for you.
  • If you would like to talk with someone from Residential Life who can coach you on this, please reach out to  We will connect you with a Residential Life professional staff member that may be able to help.

If you are still unable to broker your own winter stay housing, ResLife has some hostel-style spaces available to you in a lounge. However, you must make the effort to find a space before inquiring about this option. If you do not find a space by Wednesday, December 12th, 2018, email and do not complete this survey (Residential Life will make a hostel assignment and add you to the list).

Hostel-style spaces will include a bed and mattress in a shared space with up to 4 other people. We urge all students to seek out friends in any of our open areas before considering hostel-style housing. 


January 12: Residence halls open for current returning students with a fall assignment and students who need to complete room changes (ONLY)

January 13: Residence halls open for students newly checking into campus housing for the spring semester (including transfer, returning from study abroad, returning from inactive status)

Please plan accordingly. Make sure to arrange travel plans ahead of time, speak with your parents (guardians) regarding these dates, and hours of operations of campus opening for the spring 2019 semester.

Early arrival is not an option for the spring semester.

If you have any questions or feel that your travel plans do not align with our accommodations, please call the Area Office which best represents the location for which you are trying to stay. They should be able to answer any questions you have about your break registration and residence hall accommodations.

Brooks Crossing and Riverview: (585) 276-6839 |

Southside and Maisonettes: (585) 276-6839 |

Susan B. Anthony Halls: (585) 275-8764 |

Central ResLife Office: (585) 275-3166 |

Public Safety: (585) 275-3333