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2020 Fall, Thanksgiving, Winter Break & May Closing

Winter Break Information


Undergraduate Halls

All undergraduate halls except Tribe Square close at 10:00 am on Wednesday, November 10, 2020 and reopen in January based on the phased move in schedule:

  • January 22: new students (transfer & freshmen), international students, freshmen who studied remotely in the fall
  • January 23-24: freshmen who lived on campus in the fall / international students
  • January 30: seniors
  • February 6-7: sophomores / juniors

Tribe Square and the Graduate Complex
Tribe Square and the Graduate Complex will remain open during the break. International students can contact the Reves Center regarding Winter Break options.

If you are returning to your same room assignment in the spring, you do not have to remove your belongings or turn in your key. Keep in mind, you will not have access to your belongings until we reopen in January/February - so take everything you need!  If you are doing a mid-semester room change, follow the instructions given. 

Leaving Your Room for Break: 
  • Complete a light cleaning; sweep/dust room 
  • Take out all garbage & recyclables outside to designated building dumpsters 
  • Turn off lights 
  • Close & lock the window(s) & door(s) 
  • Set thermostat to 68 degrees 
  • If you have a vacancy in your room be sure that the other side of the room is ready for a potential roommate 
  • Take home all academic and personal items you will need in the event the return to campus might be delayed. We cannot permit access to the halls once we close for break. We want everyone to be prepared for any situation. You should take laptops, electronics, chargers, books, notes, instruments, equipment, medications, legal documents, clothes and other personal care items with you. 
  • Self-Checkout in the Housing Portal this allows us to know you have vacated your room for break and that we are able to inspect  your room for break.
If You Are Moving Out of Your Room & Not Returning to W&M for Spring: 
  • Remove all personal belongings, including all posters, tape, stickers and nails from furniture, walls, ceilings, closets and doors 
  • Complete a light cleaning; sweep/dust room 
  • Take out all garbage & recyclables outside to designated building dumpsters 
  • Empty and clean your refrigerator if there is one in your room. Do not leave any food in refrigerators.
  • Open all your furniture drawers and cabinet/closet doors 
  • Turn off lights 
  • Close & lock the window(s) & door(s) 
  • Return your room and/or apartment key(s) by completing an Express Checkout envelope, placing your key(s) inside, and leave in the black drop box available at the area/building  Duty Office .
  • Self-Checkout in the Housing Portal so that we know we can check your room and that you have vacated your room 
  • If you need storage and shipping you are able to utilize Dorm Room Movers.  When you register with them you will receive a move-out supply kit of 5 boxes and tape. Click here to get started.
    • Benefits include:
      • Boxes and tape for you to pack
      • Pickup and delivery by professional movers
      • Climate protected storage
      • Domestic shipping via UPS$100 per barcoded item coverage

May Closing

Undergraduate halls close on May 24th at 10:00am.


 Don't Bring Bedbugs Back from a Break
  • Inspect the bed in your motel/hotel. Take the sheet and pull it back and look at the folds and seams of the mattress. Check the mattress pad for signs of blood spots about the size of a pencil point.
  • When packing to leave, check your clothing and luggage for signs of the small insects.
  • If you get bitten while staying in a motel/hotel, look very carefully around the mattress and bed to try to determine if it is bedbugs. Report the situation to the motel/hotel staff.
  • Bedbugs can be killed by heat over 98 degrees. If you discover bedbugs in your clothing or linen, wash them in hot water and dry them in a dryer.
  • Carefully inspect anything you buy at a yard sale, garage sale, or thrift store-and wash it in hot water just to be safe.
What to do if you discover bedbugs in your room?
  • Signs you might have bedbugs:
    • You have white to red bites that itch intensely;
    • You discover small, light to dark brown, quarter-centimeter bugs on your sheets or couch; or
    • You discover small darkish-brown stains in the seams of your mattress.
  • Call Facilities Management at 757-221-2270 during business hours of 7:30am - 4:30pm to arrange inspection and treatment.