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Winter Break & J-Term Housing (Undergraduate)

Spring 2022 Opening Update

We want students returning to Grounds for Spring 2022 to be able to travel safely, given the winter weather conditions anticipated for Sunday, January 16.

Any first-year students returning to the same room where they lived in the fall may arrive early on Saturday, January 15.

We recommend that students of all years who are not already back on Grounds consider traveling on Saturday, January 15; Monday, January 17; or Tuesday, January 18.

Please note that on-Grounds dining halls will open on Sunday, January 16, and Wednesday, January 19 is the first day of Spring 2022 classes. Best wishes for a safe return to Grounds!


Winter Break & Spring Housing Dates (2021-2022)

Friday, December 17
Fall 2021 exams end

Saturday, December 18 at noon
First-year residence halls close
(upperclass housing areas remain open)

Monday, January 3
First-year residents who need to be on Grounds for J-Term may return

Monday, January 3 - Friday, January 14

Sunday, January 16
First-year residence halls open for Spring 2022

Wednesday, January 19
Spring 2022 classes begin


Safety Reminders

Housing in University of Virginia residences during holiday breaks is offered under the same terms and conditions as stated on your academic year Housing Agreement.

If you choose to remain in on-Grounds housing during Winter Break and/or J-Term, there may be very few residents staying on-Grounds during these times. You should be prepared for reduced services and ready to accept increased responsibility for your personal safety, which you must take care to safeguard at all times. Please take the following precautions:

  • University COVID-19 policies, including all current requirements, guidelines, and precautions, will be in effect for the upcoming holiday breaks and J-Term.
  • The Dean on Call system will be operational for students. If you have any concerns and want to discuss them with a dean in the Office of the Dean of Students, please call 434.924.7133, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. After 5:00 p.m. and on weekends, contact UVA Police at 434.924.7166 and ask them to refer the issue to the Dean on Call.
  • Call 911 if you need help.
    • If you notice anything suspicious or unusual, or at any time think that your personal safety is at risk, please contact the University Police at 911 immediately.
    • Consider keeping a cell phone with you at all times, in case you need to call 911.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
    • Check to make sure that you are aware of who is in the common areas and hallways of the building before venturing into them.
    • Check the bathroom area before entering.
  • Walking
    • Plan ahead to ensure that you stay in well-lit areas at dusk, dawn, or when it is dark.
    • Do not walk alone after dark; walk with a friend.
  • Doors and Windows
    • Keep your room/suite/apartment door locked at all times. This includes when you are in the room and when you leave for any reason.
    • Do not prop open any doors.
    • Do not let anyone into the building. Anyone authorized to stay must use his or her own access card to gain entrance to the building.
    • Do not unblock or leave any windows open.
  • Guests
    • Consistent with both our COVID-19 policy and our standard Winter Break policy, non-resident guests are not allowed to enter the buildings during the break period.


  • Report all doors, locks, windows, or lights in need of repair to the Facilities Service Desk.
  • Fire alarm system testing, as well as repair, renovation, and maintenance projects, will be conducted in all facilities during the break period. All doors will be locked on exit, so please make sure to keep your ID card and keys with you at all times.

Please see the UVA Operating Status Board for information about any building closures and available services on Grounds.


  • Meal plans will not be available for Winter Break and J-Term.
  • UVA Dine will have a limited dining schedule during Winter Break and J-Term. For more information and location schedules, please see their online hours of operation.


  • Satellite mailroom locations will be closed during Winter Break and J-Term (December 18, 2021 to January 14, 2022). Please be sure to pick up any mail and packages that you will need before the satellite mailroom locations close on Friday, December 17.
  • The Cauthen mailroom will be open during Winter Break and J-Term as follows:
    • Monday, December 20-Thursday, December 23: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Package pick-up will be by appointment only, and residents will be notified by email when a package has arrived.
    • Friday, December 24-Sunday, January 2: CLOSED. The University is closed on these days and packages will not be delivered.
    • Monday, January 3-Friday, January 14 (J-Term): 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Package pick-up will be by appointment only, and residents will be notified by email when a package has arrived.
  • All mailrooms will open for regular hours on Monday, January 17.

Bus Service and Transportation

  • On-Grounds bus service will operate on significantly reduced schedules:
    • Saturday, December 18-Sunday, December 19: No service
    • Monday, December 20-Thursday, December 23: Winter Service 
    • Friday, December 24-Sunday, December 26: No service
    • Monday, December 27-Thursday, December 30: UVA Health Commuter Weekday Service 
    • Friday, December 31-Sunday, January 2: No service
    • Monday, January-Tuesday, January 18: Winter Service 
  •   See Parking & Transportation's Service Schedules page for more information.

Before Leaving for Winter Break...

  • Remove all holiday decorations.
  • Make sure all water faucets are turned off to prevent water damage.
  • Turn room lights off. Draw the shades/blinds and lock all windows and doors.
  • Empty trash and recyclables.
  • Unplug all electrical equipment EXCEPT full-size refrigerators.
  • Empty and clean your refrigerator. Personal refriderators should be unplugged with the refrigerator door left open to prevent mildew. Full-size refrigerators in apartments can be kept plugged in.
  • Take home any passports, travel tickets, medications, and any valuables.
  • Bring you bicycle inside. It is more secure if you put it in your room.
  • Store motorcycles and mopeds outside. They are a potential fire hazard and will be removed if left inside student rooms. Permit holders should receive an email from Parking & Transportation about covered storage options.
  • Submit a work order for any maintenance or facilities concerns in your room so that they may be addressed by staff during the break.
  • Make sure that common spaces are cleaned and ready in the event that a new resident moves in. Students living in suites and apartments may receive a new suitemate or apartment-mate for Spring 2022.

Please note that fully vaccinated student residents are not required to wear face masks while in the residence halls, but any guests who enter the buildings to assist during your departure need to wear face masks and maintain social distancing.