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Winter Intersession

Pre-Move Out

Residents who do not plan to stay for the intersession: Please follow the procedures below before moving out of your room for the break.



Students with Year-Round Contracts

Students with year-round contracts will still have access to their rooms throughout the Winter Intersession. You do not need to reserve a room for the Winter Intersession in the Housing Portal. However, please complete the survey we will send to you on November 30th, 2021 about your dietary preferences and when you will be on campus. This is to help dining services coordinate meal choices and food production.


What is Winter Intersession Housing?

Student housing contracts for academic year 2021-2022 consist of two housing periods: Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. UC Merced Residence Education refers to the period of time between these as the Winter Intersession. Winter Intersession housing dates for 2021-2022 are as follows:

Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021: Winter intersession begins.

Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022: Winter intersession ends.

Students with an Academic Year Contract are prohibited from accessing their housing assignments effective 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 18 through 10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, without a winter intersession reservation. If you would like to stay on campus during the Winter Intersession, please make a reservation through the Housing Portal.

By submitting a winter intersession reservation, you are agreeing to abide by all Housing & Residence Education policies during winter recess housing. If you have questions about billing, contracts, or the housing portal, please contact For questions about winter intersession services, including campus services during winter intersession, please contact


Reserving Winter Intersession Housing

Reservations for the Winter Intersession Opens on November 30th, 2021 after 5pm. 

Reserve housing for the Winter Intersession through the Housing Portal. Students who want to stay on campus during winter intersession must request housing by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, December 8th. Academic Year Contract residents may select any number of days for housing. After December 8th, residents will need to speak with their REC for winter intersession reservations. 

Students can directly modify or cancel reservations until 11:59 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.

If you plan to stay the entire winter break, you would create one new reservation for housing between Dec. 18, 2021 and Jan. 16, 2022.

If you plan to stay for the beginning of winter session and then return closer to spring opening, you must create two reservations. For example: December 18-23 and January 14-16.

You can choose a reason that best applies to you. If you're staying because it's the safest option or for reasons not represented in the choices, please select "other." More details aren't required.

This short video demonstrates how to create, edit and cancel reservations online through the Housing Portal:


Winter Intersession Housing Costs and Eligibility

For Winter Intersession, the rate is $65/night for room and board, and will be billed to the resident's throough hrough MyBill.


Facility maintenance during Intersession

Winter intersession is a time of significant campus maintenance. Residents considering intersession housing should be advised that maintenance staff may enter student rooms, fire and life safety systems will be tested during daytime hours, and there may interruptions in electrical service while work is completed. Every effort will be made to communicate these to residents by email as they are determined, but notice may be limited to 24 hours. 

This is the list of scheduled maintenance during winter intersession:

Cathedral and Tenaya window cleaning - accompanied by Housing Services staff, window cleaning contractor has to enter student rooms to clean the window screen as part of the outside window cleaning. Scheduled for December 27th, 2021 to January 9, 2022.

Half Dome window cleaning - no entrance to rooms needed. Scheduled for December 20th, 2021 to December 26th, 2021.

Valley Terraces - Maintenance staff will be entering your unit to perform Preventative Maintenance - clean fan coils and change air filters as needed. There will be 50 new fire extinguishers being installed outside of Valley Terraces rooms (no room entry). We will also be in 15 rooms to install new shower linoleum, if your unit is impacted, you should have received an email about it.

Annual testing on all fire alarm systems over the next few weeks and Housing buildings are scheduled for testing as follows:

Glacier Point: 12/21/21 to 12/23/21, 01/04/22

Granite Pass: 12/23/21, 12/30/21, 01/04/22, 01/05/22

Sentinel Rock: 01/06/22  to 01/0/22, 01/10/22

El Portal: 01/11/22 to  01/13/22

These dates will include smoke detector checks and sprinkler head checks in every room. All testing that involves audible & visual alarms will be conducted during winter shut down; 12/28/21 & 12/29/21.


Dining on Campus during Intersession

Students reserving winter intersession with dates between December 18th and January 2nd will receive a survey to indicate meal choices while on campus. This request is to help reduce food waste and to clarify any dietary restrictions. 

Dining Hours

  • December 18 - 22: dine at the Pavilion from 9am-8pm
  • Dec 23 - Jan 1: take out pre-packed meals from the YWDC from 9am-10am and 5pm-6pm
  • Jan 2 - Jan 16: dine at the Pavilion from 9am-8pm
  • Return to regular hours on Jan 17th

Please note that the entrance to the YWDC is adjacent to the Cat Quad. Please see the maps below.


Transportation during Winter Intersession

UC Merced Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) will offer modified CatTracks and Route UC transit services for finals week and winter break. Changes to regular bus service begin Saturday, December 18. All routes return to regular service Tuesday, January 18. Residents may want to consider ZipCar or other alternative transportation options during the intersession.

View the full CatTracks and Bus schedule.


Desk and Mail Services during Winter Intersession

The Residence Education Office will have limited hours during the break. Students who order packages should be aware package processing and availability will be limited by this schedule. After-hours assistance will be available through the RA on call (posted on your floor/entrances) for the community and University Police.

  • Dec. 18 - 23: 12:00 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 24 - 26: Closed
  • Dec. 27 - 30: 12:00 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 31 - Jan 2: Closed
  • Regular hours resume on Jan. 3rd.

For assistance outside desk hours, please contact the RA on Call