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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Staying For Winter Break

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Access to Residence Communities

During Winter Break, all exterior entrances will remain locked so it is very important to carry your MavCARD and room key with you at all times. The residence communities will lock at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 14 and unlock at 8 a.m. on Friday, January 11. Once you register for Winter Break Housing, your MavCARD will be activated and allow you access to doors that you typically have access to.

Food Service

Breakfast and lunch will be the only meals served on Friday, December 14 in the dining center (the dining center will close at 1:30 p.m. that day).  The first meal of Spring Semester is lunch on Friday, January 11, 2019.


Residential Life Staff will be on duty in the residence communities during Winter Break.  A Hall Director will be on duty at all times and CAs will be on duty from 4:30 p.m. to 8 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

Front Desks will be open from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. daily except for December 24, 25, and 31.  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 only be delivered to students who have registered for Winter Break Housing.  Mail will be put in your mailbox Monday-Friday on days when the Front Desk is open (there is no mail service on December 24, 25, 26, 31, January 1, or the weekends).

  • Stadium Heights

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


Only students who have signed up 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 guest and their actions.

Yellow guest parking permits are not required from December 12 through 6 p.m. on January 13. Guests may park in Lots 14 or 16.  Stadium Heights residents should contact the Property Owner's Office for information about guest parking at Stadium Heights over the break.

Health Services

Student Health Services Medical Clinic and Pharmacy will be open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the following dates over Winter Break:

  • December 18
  • December 20
  • January 3
  • January 8
  • January 10

Bus Service

Campus bus service will not operate after the residence halls close on December 14. It will resume after Winter Break on Monday, January 14. Campus bus service includes Campus Express and the Stomper Express.

There is no bus service to Stadium Heights over Winter Break.

All City of Mankato bus routes (including Routes 2 & 6 which serve MSU) will continue to operate on their regular schedule during Winter Break with the exception of December 25 and January 1, when there will be no bus service due to the holidays. The route map and schedules are available at Front Desks, the Residential Life Office, the Campus Hub or at