Winter Break Housing

After much feedback from the student body, Student Housing and Residential Education (SHaRE) will offer a housing option for students who would like to stay in their assigned residence hall room during the time period when the University of San Francisco is closed in observance of the winter holiday. In years past, all students have been required to leave their room spaces for the two-week University closure during December. During the 2019-2020 academic year, SHaRE will be offering Winter Break Housing in certain residence halls. 

Winter Break Housing Building Options 

Winter Break Housing is only available in the following communities: 

  • Toler and Loyola Village for continuing students
  • Lone Mountain for first-year students
  • Pacific Wing for transfer students 

Please note that Winter Break Housing is NOT offered for continuing students in Pedro Arrupe Hall. This means that during room selection, you should NOT choose a room in Pedro Arrupe if you wish to live on campus during winter break. For first-year and transfer students, please note that Winter Break Housing is not offered in Gillson, Hayes-Healy, or Fromm. 

When is Winter Break Housing Available? 

Winter Break Housing covers the time period that the University is closed for the winter holiday. For the 2019-2020 academic year, Winter Break Housing will be offered between December 14, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) to January 1, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Will I be charged for Winter Break Housing? If so, how much? 

Students in Toler, Lone Mountain, or Pacific Wing who opt into Winter Break Housing will be charged $500, since the cost of Winter Break Housing is not incorporated into their 9-month contracts. This charge will be placed on their account during the first week of December 2019. This is approximately $26 per day. 

Winter Break Housing costs will, however, be incorporated into the Loyola Village pricing for the 2019-2020 academic year. Students who live in Loyola Village will not be charged any extra amount for living on-campus during Winter Break Housing, since they signed 10-month contracts upon selecting housing in Loyola Village. 

To view your specific housing contract, please visit the Forms and Documents page

If I live in Lone Mountain, Pacific Wing, or Toler and do not stay for Winter Break Housing, am I charged a fee? 

No, the $500 Winter Break Housing fee is only applied to students' accounts who opt into Winter Break Housing. 

Is there a special application process for Winter Break Housing? How do I apply? 

Yes. The 2019-2020 housing application, which opens on February 1, 2019 for continuing students, will include a section that asks students if they are interested in Winter Break Housing. Students will need to click the button to express their interest in Winter Break Housing in order for the SHaRE office to keep record of this. 

If I want to be a part of LLCs or Theme Communities, which are not located in approved Winter Break Housing halls, can I still have Winter Break Housing? 

Yes. If you are in the Muscat Scholar Program (MSP), Martin-Baro Scholars, or any other special living community not in the approved Winter Break Housing halls, there will be a special process for requesting Winter Break Housing after students have been assigned to their academic year space. If you are in the Muscat Scholars Program, you can request to live in a hall other than Hayes-Healy, where MSP is located. Please consult with the MSP staff if you have further questions. 

If I live in Lone Mountain, Pacific Wing, or Toler and did not sign up/opt in for Winter Break Housing, am I charged a fee? 

No. The $500 Winter Break Housing Fee is only applied to students' accounts who opt into Winter Break Housing. 

If I live in a building that does not offer Winter Break Housing, but I later decide that I do need Winter Break Housing, what do I do? 

If you are in a hall that does not offer Winter Break Housing but decide later in the year that you need it, you can apply for Winter Break Housing and be temporarily relocated/reassigned based upon our availability. Those who are not in Winter Break Housing buildings are not guaranteed Winter Break Housing, however. 

Can I opt out of the Loyola Village Winter Break Housing option to minimize costs? 

No. All students who self-select a room in Loyola Village through the continuing student housing selection process or who accept a space in Loyola Village after being on the waitlist agree to the contract terms and rates for this community. There is no ability to have a reduced cost due to lack of presence during the designated winter period. 

Will I get more flexi since I am staying on campus throughout the university winter closure? 

No. Students will not get more flexi for being on campus longer than students who don't opt into Winter Break Housing. If you live here during Winter Break Housing, you will not be able to increase your flexi meal plan. Students who opt into the Winter Break Housing option are strongly encouraged to monitor their flexi spending throughout early January. You are not charged for a meal plan during the Winter Break Housing period, as dining options will be limited. 

Will dining facilities be open during Winter Break Housing? 

Dining is limited during the Winter Break Housing period. During the week after the residence halls close, there will be limited hours and limited locations for dining options. For the timeframe between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day, there will be no on-campus dining options available. 

If I stay for Winter Break Housing, will I be able to stay in my room until the Spring semester starts? 

If you sign a contract for Winter Break Housing, you will be automatically granted early arrival approval, so you will be able to stay in your room. At no point will you required to vacate your space during the winter break time period. Please note that there is no charge if you stay in your room during Intercession. You will only be billed for the winter break time period. 

Will residence hall front desk services be limited during Winter Break Housing? 

Yes. Desks and the services provided by the desks will be limited during Winter Break Housing. Please see below for details. 

  • Mail will not be processed during the Winter Break Housing period. Students who stay in Winter Break Housing should schedule their mail and package delivery accordingly around the break dates. 
  • No guests will be allowed to check in during the Winter Break Housing time period. This includes your academic year roommate, who would not be allowed to check into the building if they did not opt into a Winter Break Housing contract. 

If an emergency arises, will there be staff to respond? 

Yes. There will be SHaRE live-in professional staff members on-call and able to respond to any issues that may arise. Additionally, Public Safety will still operate during the Winter Break Housing period. 

Have any further questions? 

Feel free to contact our office at 415-422-6825 or at share@usfca.edu. Please note that the main SHaRE office will be closed for the winter holiday starting December 20, 2019 at 5 p.m. and will re-open on January 2, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. 

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