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University Break Housing

During break periods when the residence halls and university are closed (Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break), students typically leave campus. However, we understand that occasionally students may have a documented need to stay on campus in their assigned building and room.  Students who have documentation from a Miami staff member, advisor, or employer confirming their need to be on campus for a structured activity will be approved. Students who are part of a University-approved activity, group or team should be submitted as part of a Group Housing Request by the group or team's coach or faculty/staff adviser. Group Housing Requests are submitted through MyCard

Without a specific need to be on campus (e.g. documented participation in an organized campus activity or employment), students are not permitted to return to campus.  Students who have travel reasons to arrive early may login to MyCard to sign-up to return one day prior to the start of class.  Students who plan to return earlier than one day before classes resume should make arrangements to stay off-campus with a friend or make hotel reservations

View the calendar for break periods.

Students who are not part of a group may request to stay on campus during a break period by logging into MyCard and clicking on the Break Housing section any time before the break period begins. Students submitting these individual requests should include specific details explaining the need to be on campus during the time residence halls are closed. For the 2017-2018 Academic Year, there will be a charge of $29.50 per day added to their Bursar bill. When a student registers for break housing, access is assigned to their ID card.

There will be limited meal service provided during break periods and the University will be closed most of the time. Armstrong Student Center will have limited hours during breaks. King Library usually has some limited hours during the breaks. Visit the Armstrong Student Center and library website for more details.

Heritage Commons Residents

Residents of Heritage Commons will not incur additional charges for any break or Winter Term periods, as their contract covers the entire academic year. However, we do ask that residents still submit a request using MyCard so that our staff know who is planning to stay.

Urgent Safety Concerns During University Breaks

Residents staying on campus during the breaks who need urgent/safety assistance should call either the Miami University Police at 513-529-2222 or the Residence Life staff member on duty at 513-330-2005.

Winter Term Housing

Residence halls will be open and on-campus housing is optional during the Winter Term. Students taking Winter Term courses who wish to live on campus during this period must have a current year Housing & Meal Plan Contract on file in order to reside on campus during any part of the Winter Break or Winter Term periods.

Resident students who are registered for at least 1 credit hour on the Oxford Campus during Winter Term, and already have a Residence Hall & Meal Plan Contract for the academic year, will receive a discounted housing rate if they choose to stay on campus during the Winter Term. These students must  sign up for housing through MyCard so that card access can be programmed properly. Learn more about Winter Term here.

Resident students who are not taking Winter Term classes, but do have a Residence Hall and Meal Plan Contract for the academic year and wish to return to campus early for the spring semester may do so beginning January 27, 2018 and pay $29.50 for the daily break housing rate. These students must still request through MyCard so that card access can be programmed properly.

Residents of Heritage Commons will not incur additional charges for any break or Winter Term periods, as their contract covers the entire year.

Students who have a need to stay on campus during the Winter Term period (without taking any on-campus class) must follow the Break Housing procedures outlined on this website by providing documentation of the specific need.