Housing Over Break

Residents are able to stay in their room assignment during the breaks on campus (see below). Residents may leave their personal belongings in their room; however, we suggest taking anything you consider high value with you. Please make sure all windows and doors are locked and secured to avoid the possibility of theft during the break. Residents will need to log onto the Housing Portal to register for the time they will be remaining on campus.


Fall and Spring Breaks

Fall Break:


November 22, 2023 to November 25, 2023

All University offices will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24. On-campus housing will remain open and available. Residents must register with REACH through their Housing Portal if they will be on campus during the break. Meal plans are not available.

Proposed schedule for Culinary Services Venues: The Kitchens: closes 2:00 pm November 21 and reopens at 3:00 pm November 26. SIP and Lobo's: closes 2:00 p.m. November 20 and reopens November 27.

REACH and Facilities Management will be performing inspections on occupied and unoccupied spaces during the break.

Spring Break:


Monday, March 18, 2024 to Friday, March 22, 2024

Most University offices will have normal business hours. On-campus housing will remain open and available. Meal plans are not available.   Residents must register with REACH through their Housing Portal if they will be on campus during the break.

Schedule for Culinary Services Venues:  TBD

REACH and Facilities Management will be performing inspections on occupied and unoccupied spaces during the break.


Winter Break

Please read the information below as some things have changed from previous years.

Winter Break: Saturday, December 16, 2023 - Friday, January 19, 2024

During this period, you will not have access to your assigned space! Please remember to take all of the belongings you will need during this break period, including any valuables or medications.  Residents should vacate 24 hours after their last final; everyone must vacate by 11:00 am on December 16.  All residents' access to their assignments will end December 16, 2023. Residents continuing in Spring 2024 will need to check in at the REACH Office when they return in January.

Can I stay... December 16 at 11:00 a.m. - December 22 at 5:00 p.m

If you have an unforeseen circumstance that has come up, and you need to stay on campus during this time period, you will need to register on your Housing Portal as a "Late Stay."  Registration will only be open through December 8.  We will not be able to accept requests after December 8.

Can I stay during... December 22 at 5:00 p.m. - January 2, 2024 at 3:00 p.m.

The Residential Community is closed.  There are to be no residents on campus during this time. Residents who are experiencing housing insecurities December 22 - January 2,  are encouraged to contact SSU’s Basic Needs through the Housing Emergency Resources website.

Can I stay during... January 2, 2024 at 3:00 pm - January 19, 2024

During this period, fall residents continuing into spring who are enrolled in Winter Intersession classes, working at an on campus job, participating in collegiate sports, have an off campus job, or are housing insecure, are eligible to live on campus during this time period.  You will need to register on your Housing Portal for Winter Break Housing.  Registration will be open through December 8. To avoid any delays in accessing your space in January, we encourage residents to register by December 8.  Students who register after December 8 may experience a delay on when they will be able to check in. Residents will need to check in at the REACH Office during regular business hours to get access to their room upon their return to campus. 

*REACH regular business hours Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 5:00pm.  The office is closed December 22 - January 1

Is there a cost? REACH is able to subsidize the cost for January 2024, so there will be no out of pocket expense for the residents this year.
Will the REACH Office be open? We will be available during regular business hours December 18 - 21 and January 2 - 19. The REACH Office is closed December 22, 2023 through January 1, 2024.
What dining venues will be open during Winter Break? TBD




Fall, Winter, and Spring Break Information

  • Residents must have their ID encoded to stay during break. 
  • Meal Plans are not available during the break. Please check the Culinary Services website to see what dining venues are available (if any) during the break.
  • REACH staff is available during the break. Residents will have access to the On Call RA for their village.
  • REACH Main Office is open Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. The office will be closed December 22, 2023 and will reopen on January 3, 2024. 
  • All Housing Regulations remain in effect. 

Zinfandel Mail Room

  • The Mail Room is closed during Thanksgiving Break.
  • The Mail Room will be open Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m during the Winter Break.
    • The Mail Room will be closed on the following weekdays: 
      •  December 22, 2023 - January 1, 2024 during the winter campus closure
      • January 15, 2024 for the Martin Luther King Jr holiday

Residents Responsibility Prior to Break

  • Clean residence (dust, vacuum, clean out fridge and freezer, wash and put away dishes, and clean bathroom). Please take the time to clean your residence regularly, this will help with unwanted pests. 
  • Take out all trash and recycling and dispose of properly in the correct receptacle. 
  • Keep vacant furniture assembled and accessible, as well as all storage and surface areas clean and empty, at all times in case a new resident is assigned to that space. Furniture that is dismantled or a room that is unkempt will be addressed by Facilities Management and the resident(s) will be charged. 
  • Failure to restore a vacant space after REACH makes a request may result in a housing sanction and a daily rent rate penalty for occupying the additional space. 

Inspections Over the Breaks

It is common for residences to be inspected over the breaks by the Residential Education and Campus Housing (REACH) staff and Facilities Management, regardless if there is a vacancy in the room or if the room is occupied. The purpose for the inspection is to check for any possible damages that have occurred during the semester which have not been reported. Cleanliness of the residence will also be inspected. 

Residences that have damages or cleaning needs will be assessed a charge and Facilities Management will repair the damage or clean the space. Any visible policy violations will be forwarded to the REACH Office. 

How do I properly check out of my assignment if I won't be back?

Remember, your license agreement is for the entire year, and residents are obligated to that agreement unless you have been granted a release. Please see our Cancellation page for more information, or contact the REACH Office at 707-664-2541.