Various break housing options are available depending on the time of year and nature of on campus housing:
- November (Thanksgiving) Break - All residence halls and on campus apartments offer break housing.
- Winter Break - Circle and Garden Apartments offer break housing. All other residential areas are closed; break housing options resume after Ithaca College (IC) reopens in January.
- Spring Break - All residence halls and on campus apartments offer break housing.
- Summer Recess - All residence halls and the Garden Apartments are closed. The Circle Apartments remain open.
Approximately 1–2 weeks prior to each break, on campus residents receive a Break Housing Notice outlining the specific procedures and requirements for the upcoming break, including the deadline to register for break housing. During Winter break, if you live in a closed residence hall you must vacate your room for the duration of the break.
Limited services are available during break housing periods. There will be a limited number of Residential Life staff present on campus to address lock-outs and other support requests. Refer to the duty schedule on the entrance doors of each building for information about the Resident Assistant (RA) or Apartment Assistant (AA) covering your area of campus. The Office of Public Safety will remain open for emergencies. Dining Services may be closed or have limited hours over breaks. Please refer to the Dining Services website for more information. Many other services may also be reduced or unavailable including Mail Services, Fitness Center, campus offices and other student support services. For more information on each service or office and its availability during break periods, please visit their website or contact them directly for more information.
If you are not familiar with the winter climate here, expect that over Winter Break there may be significant ice, snow, and wind chills that may make it more challenging to get around campus and the community.
All Ithaca College and Office of Residential Life Rules and Regulations remain in effect during break periods. Residents are only approved to stay in their assigned room during break periods. Room assignment changes cannot occur during break periods.