Semester Break

Semester Break Housing

Semester Break housing is primarily an option for international students, students who live a long distance making travel costs prohibitive, or students who find themselves in a position where "home" is not an option. Housing & Residence Life is unable to do a day by day sign up due to the logistics involved with card access, the University being closed, and minimal staffing. As such, billing will be done in weekly increments, listed below, which is dependent on where the student lives as well as how much of the break they need to stay.

Residence Hall Closing and Re-Opening

The residence halls will close at 12:00 p.m., Sunday, December 15, 2019, and will re-open at 8:00 a.m., Thursday, January 09, 2020. Only students who have been approved to stay any part of or all of the break will be able to access the residence halls and adjoining lobby when it is staffed.

All residence hall rooms that do not have a student registered to stay will be inspected by residence hall staff at the beginning of Semester Break. Any student still in the building who is not registered will need to leave the building immediately.


Students who need to stay for any portion during Winter Semester Break must complete the Request for Semester Break Housing application, which is available in the housing portal, under the "applications and forms" tab. If approved, students will receive a confirmation email, their NMU ID card will be activated for residence hall door access, and the appropriate charge will be placed on the student account. The deadline is December 1, 2019 for submitting the form to the Housing & Residence Life Office. Spooner residents must also complete the request form.

University Closing

The University is closed from Tuesday, December 24, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020.


Due to limited staffing during Semester Break, students need to sign up for one week increments with rates corresponding to their assigned room type. In other words, students will be charged for the entire week(s) for which they sign up regardless of day of arrival and/or departure. Spooner residents must also complete and submit the request form but there is no additional charge.

Weekly Rates

Dec 16-21

Dec 22-28

Dec 29 – Jan 4

Jan 5-8

Dec 16– Jan 8 24 Days Total

Quad 2 & Spalding: Shared Bedroom Suite






Quad 2 & Spalding: Single Shared Suite






The Woods: Shared Bedroom Suite






The Woods: Private Bedroom Suite






*Students in non-standard spaces (e.g. private bathroom rooms) will be charged appropriately. Contact the Housing Office if you have questions about the non-standard rates.

Preparing Your Room For Break

Before leaving for break, please:

  • Remove all food that might spoil because the refrigerator needs to be unplugged. Clean and defrost your fridge before you leave.
  • Empty the wastepaper baskets and recycle bins.
  • Shut off bathroom faucets and the shower. Report any leaks.
  • Lock your windows.
  • Close your blinds.
  • Set your heat dial to the middle setting.
  • Unplug all electrical appliances. Exception: If you have a fish tank, the expectation is that an automatic feeder is in use. HRL staff cannot be responsible for "fish-sitting."
  • Turn off all lights.
  • Lock the bathroom and room door.

If your assigned roommate is leaving, or you have an unassigned space, that half of the room must be cleared, cleaned, and "move-in ready" for someone to move in before leaving for winter semester break.

Routine Maintenance Inspections

All residence hall rooms that do not have someone registered to stay will be inspected by residence hall staff at the beginning Winter Semester Break.

Intention Surveys

Each fall semester, the Housing and Residence Life staff in your building will ask you to complete an Intention Survey so the University will know your plans for the winter semester. This brief survey will ask you if you will be returning to your room, graduating, completing a student teaching experience, studying abroad, etc.  Please contact your RA or RD if you have questions about this survey.


Just as they are when classes are in session, all entrance doors will be locked for the duration of the break.  Residents who are approved to stay for the break are expected to help with hall security by making sure the doors are secured when entering or leaving the building.


Guests, including students from other residence halls, are prohibited in the residence halls during the designated break period.

Residence Hall Staff

Residence Hall Staff will be available 24 hours a day. The name of the person on duty will be posted in your hall near your resident director's office and on the RA bulletin boards.

Holiday Season

If you bring holiday decorations from home, please use the following guidelines for your own safety and the safety of others:

  • No natural Christmas trees or limbs are allowed in student rooms; live planted trees less than 15" tall are permitted.
  • The use of candles or flammable decorations is prohibited.
  • If electrical lights are used, they must be UL approved.
  • Only masking tape should be used for hanging decorations.
  • No decorations may hang from the ceiling.