Thanksgiving and Winter Break 2018

Thanksgiving Break: Thursday, November 22nd – Sunday, November 25th

  • Residences will remain open - You are welcome to stay in your room, however other campus services will be limited or closed completely

  • Stay-Overs - For those planning to stay on campus for any portion of the Thanksgiving break, please complete the stay-over form:

    Thanksgiving Stay-Over Sign-Up

    Note: You must use your UCSC email username and password to access this link.

  • Dining Hall Closures - The last meal served at all dining halls on Wednesday, November 21st is Lunch. All Dining halls resume services on Sunday, November 25th with Dinner.

  • Harvest Dinner - The Dean of Students and UCSC Dining work together to present the Harvest Dinner. For more information and to RSVP click here.


Winter Break: Saturday, December 15th 12:00 PM Noon – Friday, January 4th 10:00 AM


  • All residences CLOSE at 12:00 PM NOON on Saturday, December 15th- Your belongings may remain in your room, but students are not permitted to stay on campus during Winter Break.  Please make your travel plans with these dates in mind. There are no exceptions!  Anyone found in our residential community past 12:00 PM Noon on the 15th will be subject to fees/charges and escorted off campus.  Also note that the campus is completely closed for the entire 3-week Winter Break, and residents will not be able to access their rooms (i.e., ID cards will be deactivated for this period of time) until residences reopen on Friday, January 4th, 2019 at 10:00 AM.

  • Are you graduating, studying abroad, or an EAP student leaving after Fall quarter? Be sure to come to the Housing Office to sign housing cancellation paperwork as soon as possible so we can cancel your Winter and Spring contract!

  • Dining Hall Closure - The final meal of Fall quarter will be dinner on Friday, December 14th. Dining services will resume with brunch on Friday, January 4th, 2019 10:00am.


Before you leave for Winter Break, you must complete the following steps:

    1. Empty all trash and recycling containers into the dumpsters outside your building.

    2. Empty and defrost all mini-fridges - *remember to place towels underneath your fridge when you do this to prevent your carpet from water damage.

    3. Unplug all small appliances, computers, and electronics (don’t forget your alarm clock!). For kitchens, ensure stove is off.

    4. Close and lock your windows and sliding doors and lower your blinds. Don’t leave anything on your window sills.

    5. Turn off the lights. Turn off heater.  Close and lock door behind you.

    6. Take home valuables, medicine, passports and other items you may need over the Break.

All buildings will be completely locked until 10:00 am on Friday, January 4th, 2019 - no staff will be on campus so you won't have access to it during the break!
ID cards will be automatically activated at 10:00 am.
No exceptions!

Fall Housing Contract Extension Requests (for weekend extensions):

Pre-approved students will be allowed to remain in residence through Monday, December 17th 8:00am.  To apply for an extension, you must log in to beginning Monday, November 19th and follow the link for fall quarter housing contract extensions.

  • Deadline to apply for an extension is Friday, December 7th
  • Not every request will be approved, so please wait for confirmation before you make travel plans.
  • If approved, you will receive an approval confirmation email.  You must have received approval before Friday, December 14th in order to be allowed to stay.  Be prepared to show your approval email to staff in the event you are asked for it.  
  • If you are found in your room after 12:00pm Noon on Saturday, December 15th and have not been previously approved for an extension, you will be escorted off campus.