partial winter break-Housing Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Winter Break Extended Stays and Early Arrivals

Residents living in any of the following open buildings can request an extended stay or early arrival during the Winter Break period:

  • Fairfax Apartments
  • Forbes Houses
  • Morewood E-Tower
  • Morewood Gardens
  • Neville Apartments
  • Residence on Fifth
  • Shady Oak Apartments
  • Shirley Apartments
  • Webster Hall

All other buildings close on December 20 at 12 pm and students will not be permitted to stay in those locations past this deadline.

Students who are not returning to campus housing for the spring 2017 semester (exchange students, students going abroad, taking a leave, etc.) should make arrangements to completely vacate b noon on December 20, 2016 and are generally not granted extended stays.  Any extension requests made and approved by residents not returning for the spring will be subject to a daily room rate charge of $100 per night for each night stayed in an opened building past December 20, 12 pm.

Residents who are currently assigned to an open building may reside in their assignment during their extended or early arrival stay, but are required to register online before December 20.  Those who do not register will incur a fee of $100 USD per night through their student account.  Registration is required for any portion of Winter Break including arrival prior to 12 pm on January 13.

Don't Live in an Open Building?

Housing Services is not responsible for securing a space for a resident wanting to stay in campus housing over the winter break. Residents not living in the open buildings, but wishing to have a partial stay in university housing for any period of Winter Break must follow these steps:

  1. Determine if you have friends or acquaintances that live in the open buildings and ask permission to stay in their room over the break.
  2. When a suitable arrangement is secured, register online before December 20. Before your request is approved, all roommates involved are required to confirm their approval of the winter break arrangement.  If Housing Services cannot secure this confirmation, you will be notified that your request is denied.
  3. Denied requests will result in the student needing to find other accommodations for Winter Break. You may contact Housing Services if you have questions regarding this process at
The process to obtain keys for Winter Break access will be included in resident approval email messages.

If you must move into another assignment in an opened building for Winter break, please visit Leaving for Winter Break for further instructions on how to appropriately leave your space.

University Affiliated Approved Early Arrivals
Students attending Summit should plan to return on January 13, 2017 and will not require early arrival approved.  Residents involved with other university organizations that are requiring early arrival for group purposes should contact the program coordinator of your group for details on your approved early arrival in January.