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Leaving Campus for Winter Break


Here's a quick overview of what you need to do when you depart campus for Winter Break:

When should I plan to leave for winter break?

  • You should plan to depart no later than Saturday, December 16 at noon. Students will no longer have access to residence halls until the spring semester. 

What should I take with me when I leave my residence hall room?

  • Take only personal items you will need during winter break. You do NOT need to remove all your belongings from your room. Be sure to take items such as:
    • Laptop/computer, charging cables, etc. 
    • Medication, personal care items, etc. 
    • Clothing (please consider the weather where you will be staying)
    • WVU Mountaineer ID 
    • Debit/credit cards
    • Cellphone
    • Valuables 
    • Plants

What should I do if I need housing during the Winter break?

  • Break housing for students is available from Saturday, December 16 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) - Saturday, January 6 at 12:00 p.m. (noon). 
  • For complete information, visit Winter Break Housing Information.

What should I do before I leave for the break?

Resident Assistants will check each room for safety and security, however, help them by completing the following tasks:

  • Close and lock your windows. 
  • Pick up your trash. Remove trash from your room before you leave and put it in the designated areas for your hall. Help out the planet and recycle what you can.
  • Unplug coffee makers, curling irons, etc. 
  • Do not unplug/turn off your refrigerator. Remove items that might spoil over the break. 
  • Be sure nothing is sitting on or touching radiators/heating units.
  • Be sure nothing is blocking the HVAC air vents in the room.
  • Turn off all lights.
  • Lock your door. 
  • Return "borrowed" utensils. Maybe a few bowls or plates from the dining halls found their way to your room. Drop them off at the dining hall where you found them. We won't ask any questions.

What should I do if I am not returning to WVU for the spring semester?

  • There is important information you should know before making your decision. Learn more about the procedure for  leaving the residence halls if you withdraw from WVU.

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