Winter Break Housing and Dining

As you prepare for the final few weeks of classes, it’s important to start to consider plans for housing during winter break. While some students travel or head home for a few weeks, other students prefer to stay on campus to work or relax on a much quieter campus.

All residents that are not planning to remain on campus during winter break must be out of residence halls by 8 p.m. on Friday, December 18.

Winter Break Late Stay Requests 

Some students may not want to live on campus for the entire winter break, but would prefer to stay a day or two late. If this describes your situation, log into your My Housing account and select a late stay Costs are as follows:

  • Staying until Saturday, December 19 –  there will be no extra charge to your student account
  • Staying until Sunday, December 20 –  there will be a one-night charge to your student account 

Between Semester Housing and Dining

Students who have a need to stay on campus between fall and spring semesters can apply for between semester housing in their My Housing starting November 17. 

The between-semester housing contract runs from Saturday, December 19, through Wednesday, January 6. Students staying on campus for the entire break or even just part of the break will pay a flat fee of $315 for housing and dining. The dining plan includes 24 meal accesses to South Pointe at Case, 1855 Starbucks, Sparty's Market at 1855 Place and the Sparty's in Owen Hall. Visit the Eat at State website for dining hours.

Residence Hall Operations 

Students staying on campus over winter break should also be aware of the changes in hours of operation for staff. Please take note of the following Service Center schedule: 

  • December 18:  7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • December 19: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • December 20: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • December 21 - December 23
    • The following service centers will be open 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. (December 21-23 and December 28-30)
      • University Village service center
      • North Case service center
      • Owen service center
  • December 24, 25, 31, and January 1 
    • Owen Hall service center: 7 a.m. - 

Preparing Your Space for Winter Break 

If you are leaving campus for winter break, we ask prior to vacating your living space for winter break, you must:

  • Shut all windows completely
  • Close window blinds
  • Remove perishable food items
  • Take out your trash and recycling to prevent pests
  • Lock your door
  • Leave your heat on. Do not turn it off.


Pack-Up Pitch-In

Pack up Pitch in is talking the following items From November 18 to December 22: 

  • Household goods 
  • Clothing and shoes 
  • Books 
  • E-waste 

All times are taken to the MSU Surplus and Recycling center to be put back into the local community. Look for a drop-off location in your building. For everyone’s safety, we are not collecting non-personable food or personal care items this semester. 


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