Stay for winter break-Housing Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Staying the entire Winter Break

Residents living in the following open buildings can request to stay the entire Winter Break:

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

Registration is required. Continue reading for more information on how to register.

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

Residents who are currently assigned to an open building may reside in their own room during Winter Break, but are required to register online with Housing Services before December 20. Registration is required for any portion of Winter Break including arrival prior to January 13 at 12 pm.

Residents residing in an opened building for any portion of Winter Break without registering and receiving Housing approval will be charged a fee of $100 USD per night through their student account.

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, and cannot assist in finding arrangements for residents in closed buildings. Residents not living in an open building, but wishing to stay in university housing for any period of Winter Break, and who have made arrangements with someone in an open building, 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 from November 14 through December 20, 2016. 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 own fall semester space.