The Winter Break period runs from the last Friday of exams through the Thursday prior to the start of the spring semester.
Eligibility to Remain in Columbia Housing Over Winter Break
Students are only eligible for Winter Break housing if they are in housing for both the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Students withdrawing, studying abroad during the spring semester, or graduating in February are not eligible for Winter Break housing and are expected to fill out the Cancellation step in the Housing Portal. Students returning from a fall study abroad experience, new spring visiting students, and those students readmitted for spring semester may not move in until the date announced by Housing. Please check the Housing calendar for important dates.
Residents who leave should remember to do the following prior to departure:
- Dispose of all garbage in your room/suite properly, especially perishable items in your refrigerator.
- Close and lock all windows and security gates. Lock your door when you leave.
- Remove any flammable items from radiators/heating units.
- Remove all cash and valuables from your room.
- Notify family and friends of your intended whereabouts and contact information during the break.
- Unplug all appliances, including refrigerators, microwaves, fans alarm clocks, and chargers.
- Make sure your refrigerator is empty and defrosted prior to leaving.
- Turn off your lights when you leave.
- Donate coats, unwanted clothing, canned goods and other working household items during Facilities and Operations Clean + Go Green at the end of the fall semester. Facilities and Operations staff will be on hand to help with unloading and recycling.
Services During Winter Break
Students in residence are responsible for knowing that resources are structured differently during the winter break period and that the Guest Policy is modified during this period.
- Occupancy is minimal during Winter Break; students should take safety and security precautions by locking room/suite doors at all times and learning which friends/neighbors plan to remain on-campus.
- Public Safety is available 24/7 by calling 4-5555 from a residence hall phone or 212-854-5555 from a cell phone, for emergencies, or 212-854-2797 for non-emergencies.
- RAs are not on-duty during Winter Break. There are Residential Hall Directors (RHDs) and Associate Directors (ADs) on call throughout Winter Break. Public Safety will assist students in contacting the appropriate staff member on-duty if necessary.
- Guest passes are not available during Winter Break.
- Guests can be signed in at the residence hall front desk and MUST be escorted at all times. A student may sign-in no more than one guest at a time during Winter Break.
- The Wallach Hall front desk will close during Winter Break. All residents and guests entering Wallach must do so through Hartley or John Jay Hall. All other residence hall desks remain open during Winter Break.
- Facility Emergencies: Contact the Call Center at 212-854-2222.
- VIA Escort Shuttle: Please visit: On Demand Evening Shuttle Service for more information.
- Dining: Most Dining locations are closed during Winter Break. Please visit Dining online for a full listing of opening and closing dates and times. Off-campus flex continues to be available throughout Winter Break.
- Mail: Please visit Columbia Mail.
- Library: Please visit the Library online to determine specific library openings and hours.
- Columbia Health: All Columbia Health units, including Medical Services in John Jay Hall, remain open throughout the break, with the exception of University holidays. Hours are limited.
For after-hours medical concerns, call 212-854-7426. For after-hours mental health care, call 212-854-2878. For immediate medical or psychiatric care, students may also go directly to Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital ER located at 114th Street and Amsterdam Avenue (212-523-3347).