Academic Year Break Housing
During the academic year, the residence halls close for Winter Break in November and Spring Break in March. This provides many students with a much needed respite from campus to refresh and recharge. It is also an opportunity for high-impact facilities projects to be completed. Given that the breaks vary greatly in length, there is different criteria by which a student is allowed to stay, noted below.
Students who are not approved to stay over break must check out of their rooms by the advertised deadline and following the required procedures. Those who fail to do so are subject to improper checkout fees. It is not permissible to stay in one’s room beyond the closing deadline or to return prior to opening, and students are expected to make their travel arrangements accordingly. Personal belongings may be left behind if the student in question is returning to the same room for the following quarter. However, the College recommends that valuables be taken home, if possible. Those leaving campus housing at the end of any given term must fully vacate their room and return their key(s) prior to departing campus or they will be charged for a lock change and any other necessary measures.
There is no additional charge for housing over break periods. Campus Dining Services is not operational, nor are term meal plans active, so students staying on campus are responsible for their own meals. Athletes and those who are employed are only permitted to be on campus if scheduled practice/competition or work obligations coincide with the break. Employment verification is required for approval of those who are working and may be sent to email@example.com.
Break housing is viewed an an opportunity to better serve our students who need extra flexibility. That being said, all College policies remain in effect. If a student’s behavior becomes problematic, then they risk losing this privilege altogether.
Winter Break begins the Wednesday before Thanksgiving on any given year and goes until early January, depending on the calendar. The only students who may request to stay on campus during Winter Break are international students, in-season athletes actively participating in practice or competition, and those who are employed by the College or in the local community and have standing work obligations over break (pending employment verification). Requests must be made via an electronic form, which will be circulated during the mid to latter part of Fall Quarter.
Spring Break lasts 10 days from mid-late March or early April, depending on the calendar. The only students who may request to stay on campus during Spring Break are international students, in-season athletes actively participating in practice or competition, those who are employed by the College or in the local community and have standing work obligations (pending employment verification), and individuals whose permanent address is more than 450 miles away. Requests must be made via an electronic form, which will be circulated during the mid to latter part of Winter Quarter.
Summer 2023 Housing
After careful consideration, it has been decided that there may be housing available for students who meet one of the following criteria:
- Full-time (32-40 hours per week) paid student employees of campus offices or departments.
- Full time (32-40 hours per week) researchers working for a faculty member on the faculty member’s project that requires one to be on campus for the purpose of access to specific facilities or daily access to faculty members.
- Full time (32-40 hours per week) local (Kalamazoo metropolitan area only) interns and externs. Internships and externships must be registered with the Center for Career and Professional Development.
- International students who, for geopolitical reasons or financial hardship will not be able to return to their home country for the summer.
NOTE: There is a cost associated with summer housing, which is $1500 for the entire summer ($150 per week).
Students who meet any of the aforementioned criteria may submit a summer housing request form by filling out the form below. This form will be open at 9:00am on Sunday, May 21, 2023 and will close at 5:00pm on Friday, June 2, 2023. Once this form is closed it will NOT reopen.