Break Housing

2020-2021 Update

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, break housing and the criteria established here are not guaranteed and subject to ongoing evaluation. Information will be shared broadly when a determination is made about specific break periods and the ability for students to remain in campus housing. It is not advisable for students to assume that they will be permitted to stay.

Academic Year Break Housing

During the academic year, the residential system closes for Winter Break in November and Spring Break in March. This provides students with a much needed respite from campus to refresh and recharge, as well as the opportunity for facilities projects to be completed in the residential system. Given that the breaks very greatly in length (i.e. Winter Break is several weeks and Spring Break is less than two), there is different criteria by which a student is allowed to stay.

Students must check out of their rooms by the advertised deadline, following the procedures that are posted prior to the end of the quarter. Those who fail to follow the check out procedures are subject to improper checkout fees. Students may not stay in their rooms beyond the closing deadline, nor are they permitted to return prior to opening, and they 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 students take valuables home with them. Students not returning to their same room for the following quarter (e.g. study away/abroad, room change, etc.) must set up a time with a Resident Assistant at least 24-hours in advance to fully check out of their room prior to their departure from campus.

Winter Break

The only students who may request to stay on campus during Winter Break are international students, in-season athletes, and students who are employed by the College or in the local community (pending employment verification). Athletes and campus employees are only permitted to stay on campus during the dates of practice/competitions and/or dates of employment. Requests must be made in writing from a Kalamazoo College e-mail account to breakhousing@kzoo.edu by no later than Sunday of 9th week of the Fall Quarter. There is no additional charge for housing over Winter Break. Campus Dining Services are not generally not available and meal plans are not active, so students staying on campus are responsible for their own meals. All College policies remain in effect for students on campus during Winter Break. If a student’s behavior becomes problematic during the break, they will be required to vacate campus immediately.

Spring Break

The only students who may request to stay on campus during Spring Break are international students, in-season athletes, students who are employed by the College or in the local community (pending employment verification), and domestic students whose permanent residence is more than 450 miles away. Requests must be made in writing from a Kalamazoo College e-mail account to breakhousing@kzoo.edu by no later than Sunday of 9th week of the Winter Quarter. There is no additional charge for housing over Spring Break. Campus Dining Services are generally not available and meal plans are not active, so students staying on campus are responsible for their own meals. All College policies remain in effect for students on campus during Spring Break. If a student’s behavior becomes problematic during the break, they will be required to vacate campus immediately.

Summer Break Housing

Eligibility

Summer housing may be extended to Kalamazoo College students in one of the following categories and on a space-available basis:

  1. Full-time paid student employees of the College. 
  2. Full-time researchers working for a faculty member on a project that requires one to be on-campus for the purpose of accessing facilities and/or staff.
  3. Full-time local internship or employment.
  4. Individuals with short-term needs at the discretion of the Office of Residential Life (e.g. international travel, etc.).   

Students may live in campus housing during the contracted dates only. We do not offer guest housing to external individuals or groups.

Sign-Up Process

  • All students choosing to live on campus during the summer will be required to pay a housing fee, which includes $100 refundable security deposit and a $90 per week room rental fee. A representative from the Student Accounts Office will be present at the summer housing sign-up process to take security deposits and to answer questions.
  • Sign-up for summer housing takes place Thursday of 10th week of the Spring Quarter from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM in the Student Development Large Conference Room (Hicks 133).
  • Students must complete the Summer Housing Payment Form online before the summer housing process. All payment details are on this form.
  • Students must bring a completed Summer Housing Contract, $100 security deposit payment in cash or a check made out to Kalamazoo College, and have submitted the Summer Housing Payment Form online. Employment verification will be required, so bring documentation to the process.
  • The housing generally available are double rooms in Hoben Hall.
  • At the time of sign-up, students will indicate a specific period of consecutive weeks for summer residence and will pay for that block according to the College’s billing arrangements. A student may spend some period of time within the block away from the room (e.g. vacation), but must pay for the entire block. If students check out prior to the end of a full week, they will still be charged for the full week. Accounts cannot be pro-rated by the day.
  • Students living in summer housing may cook in the community kitchens. Dining facilities are typically not open in the summer, and students must pay cash if and when they are.
  • Students should NOT skip class to sign up for summer housing. Those who are in class during the summer housing process should stop by Student Development after class to sign up.
  • Questions about summer housing sign-up should be directed to Residential Life at reslife@kzoo.edu.
  • Questions about billing arrangements should be directed to Student Accounts at billing@kzoo.edu.