Winter Housing runs from the evening the residence halls close at the end of the Fall semester through the Friday before Spring semester classes begin.  This period is not part of the academic year therefore registration is required and additional fees may apply.  Occupancy is subject to the terms of the Winter Housing Contract(pdf).

The Winter Housing application is available in MyHousing from November 15th through December 1st.  Registering by the deadline ensures your assignment will be finalized, housing fees billed, and important information communicated before fall housing closes.  The fee for Winter housing is $120 a week.  

The winter term has been divided into five weeks. You will be asked to select the week(s) you require housing when registering.
Week 0:  begins overnight Tue. December 19th- ends Fri. December 22nd (no housing fee will be charged for this period)
Week 1: begins overnight Fri. December 22nd- ends Sat. December 30th
Week 2: begins overnight Sat. December 30th- ends Sat. January 6th
Week 3: begins overnight Sat. January 6th- ends Sat. January 13th
Week 4: begins overnight Sat. January 13th- ends Sat. January 20th

Winter Housing FAQs

What if my need for Winter housing arises after the application closes?

Please reach out to the Residence Life Office to inquire about availability at least three business days prior to your desired arrival date.

NOTE:  The College is closed from Friday, December 22nd through Tuesday, January 2nd.  Please plan accordingly as you cannot make arrangements during this time period.


How is billing handled during Winter housing?

Students will be individually billed for Winter Housing unless the Office of Residence Life receives written approval from a sponsoring department. Payment will be due at the conclusion of the winter term. It is possible that a sponsoring department might cover only a portion of a student’s housing fees. For example, if the sponsoring department agrees to pay for 2 weeks, but the student is living in winter housing for 3 weeks, the 3rd week will be billed to the student’s account. The credits from sponsoring departments will be applied to student accounts at the conclusion of the winter term.

Are there options for financial assistance for Winter Housing?

Students who remain on campus will need to plan for housing and food expenses.

The Office of Financial Aid currently does not offer any additional grant assistance for winter housing. To speak with a staff member about loan options for winter break assistance, please contact

The fee for winter housing will be due at the end of the winter term.  Students who wish to establish specific winter term payment plans may contact

On-campus employment opportunities are listed on Handshake, the Career Services job posting.

Dean’s loans are for extenuating circumstances and only in cases in which the funds can be repaid. Students eligible for the loan should be employed (e.g. on-campus job/ federal work study/ EXCEL Scholar) so that the loans can be appropriately tracked and returned by the agreed upon date. Please email for more information.

Housing fees are generally not eligible for student emergency funds. Details about the emergency fund and what is and is not eligible for consideration can be found in the online application. Specific questions about the emergency fund can be directed to Chaplain Alex Hendrickson (

Students who need financial assistance during the winter period can contact Brian Samble (, dean of students.

Where will students live during Winter housing?

Students will be housed in their fall semester assignment. Students that were not on campus in the fall or participating in the Mid-Year room change process will live in their spring housing assignment during winter housing if available.

Can a student request a different housing assignment during winter?

No. Students that are on campus during this time period will remain in their fall housing assignment.

What dining options are available during the Winter Term?

The fall meal plan ends on Tuesday, December 19th. The meal plan for the spring semester begins on Saturday, January 20th. 

December 20 – December 22: Pard dollars accepted at Simon’s Market and off campus locations.

December 23 – January 1 (College is closed): Pard dollars accepted at Simon’s Market and off campus locations.

January 2 – January 19: Dining will offer meals in the APK game room.  Meals can be purchased at the door using Pard dollars only.  Please refer to the dining website for hours and cost.  Please email with any questions and/or dietary requirements.

REMINDER: Due to fire safety regulations, cooking in student bedrooms is not permitted. Personal-sized refrigerators may be kept in student bedrooms. Appliances such as toaster ovens, hotplates, and microwaves (except those in combination fridge/microwave units manufactured by MicroFridge) are prohibited. Cooking and cooking appliances are permitted in building lounge kitchens and private kitchens (within apartments and off-campus houses).

Are there options for financial assistance for Winter Food expenses?

If in need of financial assistance for winter food expenses please contact Shelby Maguire, in the Office of Financial Aid, at to speak about financing options.  

Prior to the start of Winter Term, Student Government will announce the schedule for Pard Pantry.  

Can I have guests during winter housing?

Winter Housing residents may host overnight guests for a maximum of 48 hours.  Winter students must register guests in advance using the form on the Public Safety website.

A guest is any non-student who is at least 16 years of age OR a current Lafayette student who is not registered for Winter Housing. 

Residents will be held responsible if they do not adhere to this guest policy or if their guests violate college policy.  Consequences may include revocation of Winter Housing immediately (i.e. required to leave campus without refund).

Where can I park my car during winter housing?

Residents with registered vehicles for the academic year should park in their assigned lot.  Parking is not permitted in staff lots, faculty resident spaces, handicap zones, fire zones and yellow zones. 
Residents who do not currently have a registered vehicle may register a car for the Winter Housing session only through the Public Safety registration link. Winter parking permits are only valid from 12/20/2023-1/15/2023.Register will open on 12/1/2023.