Break Housing and January Term Information

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  • January Term
  • Break Housing - Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break
  • Moving out/Bed Loft Returns
  • Note: Information/timeline below is according to the currently posted College calendar. If any changes are made, processes and information on this page will be updated accordingly.

Break Housing 

  • Fall Break, October 23-26, 2021: Residence Halls open, no break housing requests required.
  • Thanksgiving Break, November 24-28, 2021: Residential Housing is closed from 9:00 AM on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 until 12 PM/noon on Sunday, November 28.
  • Winter Break, December 21, 2021 - January 2, 2022: Residential Housing is closed from 9:00 AM on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 until 12 PM/noon on Sunday, January 2, 2022 for those approved to be on campus over January term.
  • Spring Break, March 19-27, 2022: Residential Housing is closed from 9:00 AM March 19, 2022 until 12 PM/noon on Sunday, March 27, 2022.
  • Easter Recess, April 15-18, 2022: Residence Halls open, no break housing requests required.

Application Process

  • Those needing to stay in any campus housing over any portion of a College break when Residential Housing (Halls, Apartments, Townhomes, Houses) is closed must submit an application before the posted deadline and receive approval from the Department of Residential Life. 
    • Requests submitted after the posted deadline for each break may incur a $25 fine.
    • Those in violation of the Break Housing approval process will be charged $150/night housing fee for all parties involved.
  • After the application deadline, applicants will receive an approval email and detailed instructions about break housing.
    • Students may need to make their own arrangements for dining services, as that office may be closed or have limited hours over any posted College break. You can check the Dining Service web page for posted break hours.
    • Please check a building or department's posted hours in advance of any break to be fully informed of what campus resources are and are not available during a break; many offices and buildings may be closed. Campus Safety can always be reached at 507-933-8888 for any emergency or safety issue. The College calendar often has updated building hours and campus information. 
  • Students are only approved to stay on the dates specified in their request, and only students with advanced approval can remain in housing (no guests are permitted; roommates are NOT PERMITTED to move in unless they have submitted their own request and been approved). All College policies remain in effect. Note that break housing information will be shared with the Dean of Students office, Campus Safety, Physical Plant, and Building Services.

Thanksgiving Break:

  • Residential Housing is closed from 9:00 am on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 until 12pm on Sunday, November 28, 2021. Your hall access will not work during this time, unless you have applied and approved for break housing.
  • Students are eligible to request break housing if they:
    • reside further than 350 miles from campus/are an international student; 
    • are required to remain on campus for an academic or athletic department (must list coach/instructor/supervisor name and department which will be confirmed prior to any approval);
    • are working as a student employee for a campus department over the break (must list supervisor name and department which will be confirmed prior to any approval); 
    • are approved for special accommodation for extreme extenuating circumstances (requests will be reviewed via the online form by the Director of Residential Life).

Thanksgiving Break Housing Application available [CLICK HERE]. Form Submission Deadline: Wednesday, November 9, 2021.

Christmas Recess/Winter Break: 

  • Residential Housing is closed from 9:00 AM on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 until 12pm on Sunday, January 2, 2022 (for those approved to be on campus over January term). Your hall access will not work during this time, unless you have applied and are approved for break housing.
  • Students are eligible to request beak-housing approval if they:
    • reside further than 350 miles and are unable to travel home;
    • are required to remain on campus for practice/games/rehearsals/concerts;
    • are required to work for a College department (must list supervisor name and department which will be confirmed prior to any approval);
    • are approved for special accommodation for extreme extenuating circumstances (requests will be reviewed via the online form by the Director of Residential Life).

Winter Break Housing Application available [CLICK HERE]. Form Submission Deadline: Sunday, December 6, 2021.

January Housing

January Term begins on January 3, 2022. Those registered for January term courses automatically receive approval to remain in campus housing during January, per the College’s January Term Housing Policy. Residential Life may approve other students to reside on campus if they are involved in one or more of the following:

  • Participation in on-campus research under the supervision of a faculty/staff member;
  • Participation in theatre/dance/music rehearsals under the supervision of faculty/staff;
  • Participation on an athletic team that has in-season practices and/or competes during January;
  • Employed by a department/office and authorized to work during January for a minimum of 16 hours per week.
  • Outside of these reasons, students may seek special accommodation for extenuating circumstances (such requests will be reviewed via the online form by the Director of Residential Life).

A survey is sent directly to students asking all students to document their plans for January term to serve as a housing request and occupancy check. 

Additional notes:

  • Students who are approved to reside on campus for January will reside in their currently assigned rooms.
  • Residence halls will open for January Term at noon on Sunday, January 2, 2022.
  • While there is no cost to students or departments for January Interim housing, only those who need to be here during January are approved to reside on campus.
  • The Residential Life office will be open Sunday, January 2, 2022 from 12pm - 4pm for those needing to pick up a key for their housing assignment.

Spring Break/Easter Recess

  • Spring Break - Residential Housing Closed from 9am on March 19, 2022 until 12pm on Sunday, March 27, 2022.
  • Students are eligible to request break housing if they:
    • reside further than 350 miles from campus/are an international student;
    • are required to remain on campus for an academic or athletic department (must list coach/instructor/supervisor name and department which will be confirmed prior to any approval);
    • are working as a student employee for a campus department over the break (must list supervisor name and department which will be confirmed prior to any approval);
    • are approved for special accommodation for extreme extenuating circumstances (requests will be reviewed via the online form by the Director of Residential Life).

Spring Break Housing Application available [CLICK HERE]. Form Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 6, 2022

  • Note: Easter Recess is April 15-18, 2022; Residential housing is open during Easter recess and no break housing request is required for those dates.

Moving out of the residence halls 

If at any time you are permanently moving out of campus housing, you must return your room key to the Residential Life office as confirmation of your check out/move out. Please request a checkout envelope or stop by the Residential Life office to pick one up - a checkout envelope and your key(s) must be returned directly to the Residential Life office/drop box, Campus Center 105 to confirm your move-out. ($150 improper checkout charge if not completed, plus $100 each for non-returned keys).

All your belongings must be removed from your room before checking out. If you have a bed loft, you'll need to contact their customer service directly to coordinate pickup/return ($150 improper checkout charge if left in room): 

If you are transferring/withdrawing, please be sure to complete the withdrawal process starting with the Dean of Students office. 

Questions? Please contact reslife@gustavus.edu, call 507-933-7529, or stop by the Residential Life office, Campus Center 105 (Monday-Friday, 8am-4:45pm).