Get ready for break: a checklist before you leave

It's almost time for break and some well-deserved rest and relaxation. But before you hit the road or snuggle up on the couch, take a few minutes to make sure your room is ready for break, too (unless you are moving out at the end of the term)

If you are staying on campus for break:

All residence halls remain open during break periods, and residents may stay on campus at no additional cost. However, if you are planning to stay for any period of the break, you need to let us know so that our Residential Education and Housing staff and Public Safety are aware of who will be in the building. This also helps us best serve students over the break with the appropriate custodial levels.

Complete the form on the myHousing portal to let us know of your plans.

If you are leaving campus for the break period:

Please be aware that Residential Education and Housing staff will be doing checks of each room to make that there are no health or safety issues present, including waste in the trash, windows left open, or appliances/devices plugged in. (Refrigerators can remain plugged in; see below for additional information on defrosting refrigerators).

Health and safety checks will take place during finals week. You do not have to be present for your room check, but if you would like to be there, contact us at

Checklist before you leave for break:

  • Remove all perishable items in case of power outages or if you plan to defrost your fridge.
  • If you plan to defrost your refrigerator, please do so at least 24 hours before you leave.  Be sure to place a towel or two under it to catch the water while it defrosts.
  • Securely close and lock all windows.
  • Close all blinds.
  • Unplug all electrical appliances (except fridges) and devices, including computers, hair dryers, curling irons/straighteners, holiday lights, etc.
  • Remove all garbage and recycling, as well as any perishable items. If custodial staff need to respond to a room due to significant cleaning issues that are a pest management concern, a fee will apply.  
  • Remove any fire hazards.
  • Turn off clock radios/alarms.
  • Turn off all lights.
  • Lock your suite bathroom door when you leave.
  • Take your student ID card home with you and remember to bring them back so you can get into your room.
  • If you have a bicycle outside, check to make sure it is locked and secure before leaving or stored in the room over the break.

Final step? Have a safe and restful break!

If you have any questions about break housing or leaving your room for the break, contact us at or 541-322-3177.