Winter Break

Halls Closed: December 11, 2020–January 1, 2021

Residence halls close at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 11, 2020. Winter move-in will be on Saturday, January 2, 2021 after 9:00 a.m. To read the full message residents were sent about winter break, visit our blog

Late Stay or Winter Break Housing 

If you need to stay in the residence halls over winter break (7:00 p.m., December 11, 2020, and January 1, 2021), please submit a request on My Housing (end of term plans form) to be considered—please note there is an additional cost to stay over for winter break.

Key Return

All residents must turn in their room and mail box keys to the service center before leaving for winter break$30 fee for keys not returned. Students are being asked to return keys before leaving for winter break in order to verify students do not have access to the residence halls over break. Upon returning to campus at the beginning of winter term, students will be able to pick up their keys from their Housing Service Center. Specific details on winter term check-in will be available mid-December including after hour arrival times. Turning in keys before the break will allow our office to complete an audit and process lock changes during the break in order to help reduce lock changes being processed during the term while students are in their rooms.

To return their keys, students should download and print the “Leaving for Winter Break Guide” within the End of Fall Term 2020 Plans form in their My Housing portal. If a student has already left campus and cannot return their keys in person, there are instructions within the online form for how to return their keys via mail. Keys need to be received no later than Friday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Returning to the Residence Halls after Winter Break and COVID-19 Testing

When students return to the residence halls after winter break, they will be permitted to enter their residence hall room, residential dining venues, and restroom facilities. All students will resume their COVID-19 testing between January 2­ and January 5, 2021. Residents will be sent an email once scheduling for the required testing is available on My Housing.

Residents will need to stay in your room (using restroom facilities and picking up meals from residential dining facilities) from the time they return until the time their COVID-19 results are received. Once they receive a COVID-19 testing result with no trace of COVID-19 they will be able to use all open campus and community facilities. Unfortunately, guests and family members of returning students will not be permitted to visit the residence halls.

Students who are newly moving in are permitted to have up to two guests assist with moving in on their move-in day. Guests are limited to family members for their move in. Guests are expected to follow all guidelines including wearing a mask while on campus. Guests are only permitted during the process of moving in.


The dining venues in the EMU will be open for limited hours during Winter Break. For detailed hours visit

  • Friday, December 11:
    • Big Mouth Burrito, Common Grounds Café, and Fire 'n' Spice Grill will close at 2:00 p.m.
    • Carson Dining, DUX Bistro, Grab 'n' Go Market, and Fresh Marketcafé will close at 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 12: All dining venues are closed.
  • Saturday, January 2:
    • Fresh Marketcafé and Carson Dining will be open for regular weekend hours.
    • All other venues will remain closed.
  • Sunday, January 3:
    • Regular dining hours resume.

Meal Points

Your prorated meal points for the week of December 6–11 will be as follows:

  • Residents with 50 meal points per week will have: 43 meal points.
  • Residents with 65 meal points per week will have: 56 meal points.
  • Residents with 80 meal points per week will have: 69 meal points.
  • Residents with 95 meal points per week will have: 81 meal points.

Meal points will be available for dinner on January 2, but points do not roll over. Regular meal point allotment resumes January 3.

Prorated meal points for January 2 will be as follows:

  • Residents with 50 meal points per week will have: 7 meal points.
  • Residents with 65 meal points per week will have: 9 meal points.
  • Residents with 80 meal points per week will have: 11 meal points.
  • Residents with 95 meal points per week will have: 13 meal points.

Housing Service Centers

Service centers will close at 7:00 p.m. on December 11.

Winter break hours: Saturday, December 12, 2020–Friday, January 1, 2021. All service centers are closed on Sundays.

  • Living Learning Center: Closed for winter break
  • Global Scholars Hall: Monday–Friday, noon–5:00 p.m

Saturday–Sunday, January 2–3: LLC and Global Scholars Hall service centers open 8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

Regular service center hours resume Monday, January 4.

Housing service centers are closed December 23–25, 2020, and January 1, 2021.

New Roommates May Move In

Rooms with vacancies may be entered to prepare the space for a new resident. Please be sure that your belongings are not on the side of the room the new resident will be using. In the event that you come back from break and find a new roommate living in your room, we hope that you will extend them a warm UO welcome and provide them equitable space to share the room.


Scheduled maintenance may be completed during break. This includes checking smoke detectors, door locks, heaters, and other projects. This will require University Housing staff to be in the rooms. If you have any questions or concerns, please visit or call your University Housing Service Center.

Winter Break Fees

Since the halls close over winter break, there is an additional fee of $704 ($544 for Law School students) for students who stay on campus and are unable to vacate during this time. Remaining students may be moved into temporary rooms to allow for better campus safety during this period of low occupancy. There is a $32 daily fee for any student checking out of the residence halls late (after Friday, December 11, at 7:00 p.m.)