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Break Housing Information

The residence halls will close for Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring, and Easter Breaks each year. For the HRL Calendar, click here. Students who live more than 5 hours away from home, have university-affiliated employment, are in active-season athletic competition, or are international students qualify to apply for break housing. 

Break Housing is available in Boland and Xavier Halls as well as Turrell Manor and Ora Manor. Students can apply for break housing through each respective break housing application on their Housing Profile on PirateNet. These applications open approximately two weeks before each break and close at the deadline stated in the break housing email. Students must complete the break housing application for each break for which they desire to stay and will receive approval from a representative of Housing Operations via email notification.  

Break Housing is a privilege but not a guarantee. If a student does not reside in one of the open halls, it is their responsibility to find a friend who lives in the open halls who would trust them with the key to the room for the duration of the break. Students staying in their friends’ rooms must be of the same gender, and are held responsible for any damage or theft that occurs during their stay. It is also their responsibility to exchange keys prior to the residence halls closing. 

Please note there will be no SHUFly shuttle after the residence halls close and dining options will be limited. SafeRide, however, has limited availability and can be arranged by calling SHU Public Safety at (973) 761-9300. There are no overnight guests or residence hall visitors during break housing periods. 

Residence Hall Closings for Breaks 

Residence Halls will close for all breaks at 10 a.m. of the first day of break. HRL Staff will conduct walk-throughs of the residence halls to ensure they have safely been closed.

Prior to leaving for break, residents are required to:

  • Unplug all electrical cords from sockets (refrigerators may be plugged directly into the wall socket for all breaks except Winter).
  • Throw away any open food; store non-perishables in a sealed container.
  • Clean all dishes and make sure room is cleaned; Empty all garbage cans & sweep.
  • Thoroughly clean bathroom.
  • 1st & 2nd floors – pull shades down. Close windows.
  • 3rd & 4th floors – leave shades up. Close windows.
  • Turn out all lights.
  • Lock your doors.
  • Lower heat in room.
  • Take fish home or provide vacation feeder. 
Be sure to bring home all medication, any homework/books, or other necessities as access will not be granted to locked residence halls.

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