Break Housing

Housing & Breaks

Depending on the time of year, students may have the option of remaining on campus during academic breaks. Students should first see if they are eligible to remain in their rooms over break, then check with other departments on meals and activities available.

October Break

During October break, residences remain open to all students and board plan meals are provided at Commons. Please check the Dining Services website for exact details on meals.

November Break

During November break, residences remain open to all students. The last board meal plan is dinner the Friday preceding Thanksgiving. Commons is open for some meals throughout the break week. Please check the Dining Services website for exact details on meals.

Winter Break

Only international students and year-long thesis students are allowed to reside on campus during winter break. Students in these categories should fill out a Winter Break Housing Form.

In addition, some varsity athletic teams are required to be on campus during break. Athletics will set the dates for this and any dates and meals questions should be directed to Athletics.

In conjunction with the Office of Sustainability and Facilities Services, many campus houses and halls close for break completely, are set at cool temperature (61 degrees), or remain at full temperature. For students remaining on campus during this break, we will work with you to coordinate a space within heated buildings. Students may room with a friend, who is also staying on campus or temporarily switch into friend’s room while they are away for break.

February Break

During February break, residences remain open to all students. The last board meal plan is dinner the Friday preceding the week. The board plan resumes the Sunday dinner before classes start up again. Commons is open for some meals throughout the week that students can purchase. Please check the Dining Services website for exact details on meals.

April Break

During April break, residences remain open to students staying for Short Term. Students not staying for Short Term will lose access to residences and meals the Sunday evening after Winter Semester classes end.

The last board meal plan is dinner the Saturday preceding the break week. The board plan resumes the Sunday dinner before classes start up again. Commons is open for some meals throughout the week that students can purchase. Please check the Dining Services website for exact details on meals.

Summer Break

Please see our Living on Campus during the Summer page for more information on how Bates students can become eligible to live on campus during the summer.