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Winter Break 2014

Barnard's residence halls close officially for Winter Break at 9am on Friday, December 19, 2014, and reopen at 9am on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

Students may apply to for housing during this period; however, housing is not guaranteed.  Students who are not approved for Winter Break Housing may not enter the residence halls between 12/19 9am - 1/17 9am.

Students must not have an unpaid balance on their account for the Spring in order to leave their belongings in their room over the Break (or be eligible for Winter Break Housing). Any student with a Bursar Hold must completely vacate their room by the end of the semester and may not return to campus housing until their account has been cleared.

During the break, College staff will check rooms to address maintenance issues & requests.

The residence halls remain open for Fall, Thanksgiving, and Spring breaks; however, the dining halls and many other campus services will be closed during these times.

Before you leave for break...

  • Clean fridges of food that may spoil over break. Throw out any open food that may attract mice or bugs. Wash any dirty dishes, pots, etc.
  • Make sure all faucets, ovens, stoves, and appliances are turned off
  • Empty trash cans. Take trash (bagged) and recycling to the designated area in your building
  • Unplug, defrost, and leave the door open to mini fridges only (please leave kitchen refrigerators plugged in and closed)
  • Unplug all appliances (alarm clocks, lamps, computers, etc.) to save energy. Appliances can waste a lot of electricity if left plugged in (even when turned off!)
  • Take any valuables or necessities with you (computer, jewelry, passport, medications)
  • Turn off lights and lock all door & windows (and lower blinds to conserve heat)

Students Moving Out of Housing

Students who will be moving out of housing (to graduate mid-year, leave for Study Abroad, withdraw from the College, etc.) must completely vacate their rooms and check out no later than 9am on Friday, December 19, 2014.  Extensions are not available.

Housing Cancellation information

In order to avoid fines, students must complete a check out envelope (available from their residence hall Front Desk) and turn in their room keys.

Winter Break Housing

Barnard residence halls will be officially closed for Winter Break from 9am on Friday, December 19, 2014, through 9am on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

For the first part of Winter Break 2014 (9am, Friday, December 19, 2014, through 5pm, Sunday, January 4, 2015), housing for approved students will be available only in Plimpton Hall. Because Barnard offices are closed and resources are limited throughout this period, it makes sense, for safety and well-being, to have the small population of students who are on campus during that time reside in one location.  

Starting at 5pm on Sunday, January 4, 2015, the following residence halls will reopen to provide Winter Break Housing for pre-approved students only: 600, 110th St, CG, and the Quad.

616, 620, and Elliott will reopen for Winter Break Housing for pre-approved students only at 9am on Monday, January 12, 2015.

The residence halls will reopen for all students to return for the Spring semester (including students moving into campus housing) at 9am on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

Res Hall 9am Fri, Dec 19-
5pm, Sun, Jan 4
5pm, Sun, Jan 4-
9am, Mon, Jan 12
9am, Mon, Jan 12-
9am, Sat, Jan 17
9am, Sat,
Jan 17
616 Closed Completely Closed Completely Open for pre-approved students only All residents may return to campus housing for the Spring Semester
600 Open for pre-approved students only
110th St
Plimpton Open for pre-approved students only

For students who do not live in Plimpton but wish to apply for Winter Break Housing during the time that other residence halls are closed, you will need to secure permission to use the room of a Plimpton resident.  To help you do this, by mid-fall the Residential Life & Housing office will provide an online bulletin board to assist students in making connections so that you can locate a room in Plimpton and then request to stay in it.  However, Residential Life & Housing cannot guarantee rooms in Plimpton for non-residents for Winter Break.

For students who live in 616, 620, and Elliott who wish to apply for Winter Break Housing during the time that those residence halls are closed, you will need to secure permission to use the room of a resident of a residence which will be open during that time period.

As in past years, in order to be considered for campus housing during any part of the break, you must submit an application and provide written documentation of a valid need to be in the residence halls for those weeks.  Students must be in Bursar / Academic / Disciplinary good standing.

Please keep in mind that students will not be approved for Winter Break housing if they have an account balance for the spring semester (payments are due by December 1, 2014).

The charge for Winter Break housing is TBA.

(Columbia students living in Plimpton will not be charged, but must be eligible, must apply, and must be approved in order to stay during Winter Break.)

Applications for Winter Break Housing will be available in November.