Winter Break

Mandatory For All Students Living in RIT Housing

You must complete the End of Semester - Winter Break Plan  This form includes the end of semester instructions, important information regarding on-campus circulation over break, and allows RIT to better serve our students during this time. 

If you do not complete this form, you may experience swipe access interruptions. If your travel plans change and you decide to return to campus prior to January 4, you must complete self-check in.

Submit Your Plan

RIT Housing will remain open through the break between Fall Semester and Spring Semester. Please follow the End of Semester and Winter Break instructions and guidelines carefully. 

Not Returning to RIT Housing for Spring 2022

End of Semester Guidelines

Please complete the End of Semester - Winter Break Plan. If you are not returning to your RIT housing assignment for the spring semester, review the following:

  • If you are not returning to RIT for spring semester classes or do not plan on living in RIT housing for spring semester, you are encouraged to check out of housing within 24 hours of your last final exam.
  • If you are not returning to RIT housing for the spring semester you must check out no later than 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 16th. You must remove all of your items and return your key before you leave. 
  • If you do not check out and remove your items, in the event you are unable to return due to a travel advisory, LOA, or any other circumstances - RIT will not be responsible for packing, shipping, or storing belongings.

You must check out no later than 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 16th:

  • Remove all of your items from your room.
  • Return your room/apartment/suite key to RIT Housing in Grace Watson Hall. Once you have moved all of your belongings out of your assignment, you must return the key to RIT Housing located in Grace Watson Hall. Please place the key in one of the white key return envelopes and fill out the form on the front of the envelope (do not seal the envelope). RIT Housing is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. or you may return the key in our 24-hour drop box located to the left outside the office.  RIT does not accept keys returned by mail. There will be a $100 lock change fee for keys not returned at the time of move out. 
  • Return your space to move-in condition.
  • Empty trash cans.
  • Close and lock windows.
  • Clean out the refrigerator/microfridge, if applicable.
  • Lock your suite/room door.
  • Unplug all electronic equipment.
  • Set your heater to automatic and set room temperature to 65 degrees. Do not remove HVAC covers or turn off the valves to the HVAC unit.
  • Resolve who is responsible for damage in the room/apartment/suite prior to leaving and inform your RC. If you don’t settle the matter before you go, the damage will be split equally between you and your roommate(s).
  • Fill out and submit an online forwarding address form at myLife.rit.edu.


All guests are expected to comply with applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, including completing a health screen, according to RIT's visitor guidelines.

Returning to RIT Housing for Spring 2022

End of Semester Guidelines

Please complete the End of Semester - Winter Break Plan. If you are returning to your RIT housing assignment for the spring semester, review the following:

  • Prepare your suite/room for a new roommate(s) no later than December 16th if your roommate(s) is moving out or already moved out or you have a current vacancy. 
  • Empty trash cans.
  • Close and lock windows.
  • Clean out the refrigerator, if applicable.
  • Lock your suite/room door.
  • Move all electronic equipment off the floor and unplug it.
  • Set your heater to automatic and set room temperature to 65 degrees. Do not remove HVAC covers or turn off the valves to the HVAC unit.

If your roommate(s) is moving out or already moved out, or you have a current vacancy, you may be assigned a new roommate(s) for spring semester. You are responsible for preparing the suite/room to accommodate your new roommate(s) and creating a welcoming environment and you must do so before December 16. 

Remove all of your items from the vacated area of the room by Thursday, December 16. Even if you and your roommate(s) for fall agreed that some of your things could be in their area, you need to move them to your area of the room and re-negotiate that with your new roommate(s). The vacated area of the room should look like it did when you moved in at the beginning of fall semester.  

NOTHING should be in the vacated area of the room – nothing in or on the closet/wardrobe, dresser, filing cabinet, desk, bed, chair, walls, and floor.

RIT Housing will enter the suite/room to inspect for damages, assess your preparation for a new roommate(s), and possibly perform maintenance. In addition, the vacated area may be cleaned.

If you fail to prepare your room for a roommate(s):

  • Your student account may be charged the cost of an outside cleaning company.
  • You may be reassigned to another room.

If a vacancy occurs in your apartment/suite at the end of fall semester, you will be given five days to complete a Roommate Request in order to fill the vacancy with a student of your choice. This process will need to be completed during the break between fall and spring semester. Please continue to check your RIT email during the break. View instructions to request a roommate.

Students who reside in RIT housing may host guests in their living space provided that the guest(s) is also a currently enrolled RIT student. Guests must abide by the requirements of RIT’s Safety Plan. Room/suitemates must agree upon any guests in the room/apartment. 

This policy is applicable to your departure for winter break and includes guests who are assisting you.

All guests are expected to comply with applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, including completing a health screen, according to RIT's visitor guidelines.

Living in RIT Housing over Winter Break

Students who are eligible may remain in RIT housing throughout the winter break. Eligible students are those who currently live in RIT housing, will remain in RIT housing for spring semester, and will be registered for spring semester classes. Residence halls will remain open throughout the Winter Break.

If your travel plans change and you decide to return to campus prior to January 4, you must complete self-check in.

If you require emergency assistance, please contact Public Safety at (585) 475-3333 (voice) or (585) 205-8333.

If you need assistance from Residence Life, please email residencelife@rit.edu.  

RIT Dining will operate with limited hours and locations during winter break. From Friday, December 24, 2021 through Sunday, January 2, 2022, locations will be significantly reduced. For up to date information, you may visit our website at https://www.rit.edu/fa/diningservices/places-eat.

Reduced hours also apply to Petals at the RIT Inn and will have updated hours posted on-site.

For up to date information, you may visit our website.

Students who reside in RIT housing may host guests in their living space provided that the guest(s) is also a currently enrolled RIT student. Guests must abide by the requirements of RIT’s Safety Plan. Room/suitemates must agree upon any guests in the room/apartment. 

This policy is applicable to your departure for winter break and includes guests who are assisting you.

All guests are expected to comply with applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, including completing a health screen, according to RIT's visitor guidelines.

Room Selection

Room Selection

Begins January 24, 2022

Students who live in Residence Halls, Global Village, or Greek Circle this year are eligible to participate in Room Selection. Students who did not renew their current room during Housing Renewal and students living in non-RIT housing, on co-op, or studying abroad may participate in this process.

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