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Winter Break 2020


Students will select their winter quarter return date online via their housing application portal. Time slots will open at 9 AM on Monday, November 16.

Students have been emailed information about how to select their time slot for their winter quarter return date and a step-by-step guide on selecting a time slot through their portal. Students have the option to cancel their selected time slot and re-select a new one from any remaining spots.

Time slots are first-come, first-served, and there is no waitlist or request process for a different time slot. Students who do not select a time slot before the deadline will be assigned one. Students who will not be returning for winter quarter and will be checking out of their space at the end of fall quarter should not complete this process.

Students who will be moving in for the first time this academic year in January will receive information about their move-in process in their assignment email and will not go through the time slot selection process.

Winter Break 2020

Winter break begins for students on Wednesday, November 25 at 9 AM. During winter break this year, all buildings will be closed and inaccessible to students. The earliest students in these residence halls may begin returning to their building is Thursday, January 7 at 9 AM in a staggered move-in style. More information about check-in timeslots will be posted shortly.

Student Support

Any students who are approved to stay on campus during the break who might need support services including, but not limited to, access to food services, please visit the Student Outreach and Support website.

Mail and Packages

We will not be able to forward any mail or packages to students over winter break, so students should double-check the shipping address on any items they order during this time. HRE will hold all mail and packages for residents until they return to campus.

Dining Services

The dining halls will close on Tuesday, November 24 after dinner, and will reopen on Thursday, January 7 for breakfast. Students who are approved to stay on campus during winter break will be responsible for purchasing and preparing their own meals until the dining halls open again.

Fall Check-out Checklists

Students are asked to make sure that their room is clean and free of any perishable food items, trash, or recycling before they leave their space. We also ask that students make sure to shut and lock their windows before they leave their space.

Students will be emailed a checklist at their mandatory floor meetings the week of November 9. The checklist can also be downloaded and printed here. Students can reach out to their RA with any additional questions.


The front desks in Nelson and Centennial Towers will be open to assist students staying on campus over winter break, with limited hours.

The winter break desk hours are as follows:

11/25 - 12/23: 10 AM - 6 PM

12/24 - 1/6: 10 AM - 2 PM

Residents approved to stay on campus will receive information on the desks, where they can pick up any packages that are delivered for them over break, etc. All building front desks will reopen at 8 AM on Thursday, January 7.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the earliest I can move in for Winter?

Students may begin moving back into their space starting Thursday, January 7 at 9 AM in a staggered move-in style. More information about timeslots and the Winter move-in process will be shared shortly.

Can I have helpers for my Winter check-in?

Students will not be able to have helpers with them for their winter check-in. As the process typically runs much faster than Fall move-in and the process will take place during a condensed time (4 days rather than 6) we ask that parents, families and friends not enter the buildings so that students can check-in quickly and efficiently.

Will I be required to have a negative COVID test to return to campus?

The University is still working out these details and will share more information once a final decision has been made. This information will be sent out via email to students' DU email addresses from the COVID Coordinator Team or the Chancellor's Office.

Why can't I stay in my space on campus if I'm living in an apartment?

With the rising number of cases and hospitalizations within the state of Colorado, and the city and county of Denver, we're requiring that everyone who can go home do so. This helps keep the number of cases and possibilities of transmission on campus as low as possible, to help keep the overall numbers as low as possible.  

What will my bill look like for my room and board?

Rates will remain unchanged for Winter Quarter.

Can I move in early?

No - due to our limited desk and building operations, students will not be permitted to move in early.

What if I test positive and am in isolation during move-in?

Please reach out to and we will work to reschedule your check-in date and time while you focus on getting better.