The majority of students living on campus are required to vacate their rooms during the academic breaks. With the exception of the 10-month contract facilities, the residence halls are closed and secured during Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring breaks. Consult the important dates section for closing and re-opening dates. Residents who plan to remain in Blacksburg have the following options to arrange housing:
- Stay with a friend who lives in an off-campus apartment
- Stay in a hotel
- Arrange to stay with a friend or sponsor who lives in a 10-month contract residence hall
The 10-month contract residence halls include Newman Hall, Harper Hall, Hillcrest Hall, Main Campbell Hall, Cochrane, the graduate life center at Donaldson Brown, and the residential colleges at Ambler Johnston. Residents have the option to register to remain in their room during Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks. These facilities house unique programs or students who frequently have an academic need to be on campus throughout the 10 months of the academic year, such as graduate students.
10 Month Housing Registration Information
In order to remain in the residence hall during the academic breaks, resident registration is required for the specific days of planned occupancy. By registering, students agree to the special terms and conditions governing break housing outlined in these pages and the registration process.
The purpose of resident registration is to provide staff and emergency personnel adequate information in the event of an emergency, scheduled maintenance, or other such operations. Registration also ensures that Hokie Passport card access is arranged. A staff-on-duty schedule will be posted in all resident advisor offices. During the break periods, University policies will continue to be enforced and exterior doors will be locked at all times. Any violation of policy may result in immediate removal from the residence halls. Residents are expected to assist in the safety and security efforts of staff by not propping doors or sharing lock combinations, locking room and/or suite doors, and reporting anything suspicious to the resident advisor on duty or Virginia Tech Police.
Occupancy during the academic breaks does not require payment of additional fees. Occupancy during the breaks is factored into the room rate. Non-resident guests will be charged for break residence halls.
Changes to a registration can be made until the published deadline. If a change is needed after the published deadline, the housing office may make an exception at their sole discretion; a $25 late registration fee will apply.
Non-resident guests may be registered by a resident/host. Guests must occupy the host's room and be of the same sex. If applicable, the host's roommate must agree to the temporary occupancy. All guests will be charged $8.00 per day plus tax, $16.00 minimum, regardless of building. Virginia Tech students will be billed on their student account. Non-student guests will be billed on their host's student account. Anyone found living in the residence halls during break that is not a resident or registered guest will be treated as a trespasser. He/She can be asked to leave immediately and will be escorted by police, if necessary.
Register for Housing during the upcoming Academic Break
Complete the online registration form, including guest registration. Confirmation will be sent by e-mail and changes can be made until the published deadline.
Registration option reminders will be sent to residents of 10-month contract residence halls prior to each break.