Staying For Winter Break

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Updated 11-5-2014:

Break information may change closer to date; check back for updates.

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Residence Communities Closed

The residence communities close for Winter Break at 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 12, 2014.  The residence communities reopen for returning students at 8:00 a.m. Friday, January 9, 2015.




If You Need To Stay for Winter Break

Students returning to the residence communities spring semester may take advantage of break housing.  

You may stay in your own room during the break.  In order to do so, you must register with the Department of Residential Life by December 12, 2014. 

Residents of Crawford, McElroy, Preska, and Julia Sears

Register in the Residential Life office between Monday, November 10 and Friday, December 5, 2014 to be eligible for the early sign-up rate of $330.  Those who register after December 5 pay $380.  

Residents of Stadium Heights

Register in the Residential Life office or at the Stadium Heights front desk between Monday, November 10 and Friday, December 12, 2014.

The Winter Break fee has already been included in the Stadium Heights apartment rate, so there is no additional charge to stay provided you register for Winter Break housing by December 5.  Those who register after December 5 pay $50.


Access to Residence Communities

From 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 12, 2014 until 8:00 a.m. Friday, January 9, 2015, the residence communities will be closed for Winter Break.  Your MavCARD will allow you entry into the access doors regularly used at night.


Food Service

Breakfast and lunch will be the only meals served on Friday, December 12, 2014.  Lunch is the last meal to be served in the dining hall before Winter Break.  The dining hall closes at 1:30 p.m.that day.  There will be limited service available in the Student Union during the Winter Break period.  The first meal of spring semester is lunch on Friday, January 9, 2015.



Residential Life staff will be on duty in the residence communities during break.  A Hall Director will be on duty at all times and CAs will be on duty from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. daily.  Names and phone numbers of duty staff will be posted in each community.

Security will provide an escort for anyone who wishes to have one.  To contact University Security, call 507-389-2111.


Desk Service

Crawford, McElroy, Preska, Julia Sears and Stadium Heights

The front desks will be open from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. daily except for December 24, 25, and January 1.  You may also pick up packages, check out equipment, etc. while the desk is open.


Mail Service

Crawford, McElroy, Preska and Julia Sears

Mail will be put in your mailbox Monday-Friday on days when the front desk is open.  No mail on December 24, 25, 26, and 31 and January 1 and 2.

Stadium Heights

Mail delivery at Stadium Heights will follow the U.S. Postal Service's schedule.



Only those students who are signed up and paid for Winter Break housing are authorized to be in the residence communities.  You may have one guest at a time for up to three nights per visit.  A guest is considered a person who is not a resident.  (Residents who have not paid for break housing may NOT visit as guests.)

If asked, your guest must present a picture ID to Residential Life staff of University security.  You must escort your guest at all times in the residence communities.  You are responsible for your guests.

Yellow guest parking permits are not required from December 10 through January 11. Guests may park in Lot 13 or Lot 14.  Stadium Heights residents should contact the Property Owner's office for information about guest parking at Stadium Heights over the break.


Health Service

Health Service may be open limited hours.  Call 507-389-6276 for more information.


Bus Service

The regular city bus service (route 6) will operate during Winter Break except December 25 and January 1.  The route map and schedules are available in the Student Union or at


If you have questions, please contact the Department of Residential Life, 111 Carkoski Commons, 507-389-1011, or