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Winter Break Housing

Winter break: Pre-departure instructions

Residents who do not plan to stay for the break: Please review the slide show to prepare your room correctly for break



What is Winter Break Housing?

Student housing contracts for academic year 2022-2023 consist of two housing periods: Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. UC Merced housing and dining services are closed to students during this time. UC Merced Housing refers to the period of time between these as the winter break. Winter break housing dates for 2022-2023 are as follows:

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022: Winter break housing begins.

Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023: Winter break housing ends.

Students with an Academic Year Contract are prohibited from accessing their housing assignments effective 4:00 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 through 10:00 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, without a winter break reservation. Winter break is a time of campus service reductions in all campus departments, including campus housing and dining. As a result, wnter break housing is only available for current campus residents who have no alternative housing. If you no alternative housing during the winter break, you can request winter break housing the Housing Portal.

By submitting a winter break request, residents agree to abide by all Housing & Residence Education policies during winter break housing period. If you have questions about billing, contracts, or the housing portal, please contact For questions about winter break services, including campus services during winter break, please contact

Costs for Winter Housing

Winter break is offered at the following nightly rates(including meals), based on contract types:

December 18-January 1, 2023

Fall daily rates for housing apply to winter break. There is no meal service on campus. Students with reservations between these dates will be billed housing-only as follows:

Winter Housing Rates, Dec 17-Jan 2
Fall Room type Winter Room Daily Rate
Single $67.86/day
Double (ADA Single) $56.63/day
Triple $52.85/day
Quad $48.00/day


January 2-January 15, 2023


Fall daily rates for housing apply. There is meal service on campus from January 2-January 15. Students with reservations betwee these dates will be billed housing AND meals as follows:

Winter Break Rates, Jan 2-Jan 15
Fall Room Type Winter Room Daily Rate Fall meal Type Winter Meal Daily Rate
Single $67.86/day ALL $19.58/day
Double (ADA Single) $56.63/day   *meals only; no Winter CAT Dollars
Triple $52.85/day    
Quad $48.00/day    

The slideshow at the top of this page contains examples on calculating your winter housing costs for rooms and or meals.

Students who need to return to campus early for work or program participation should apply for winter break housing for the needed dates. Fees will be assessed to student accounts after December 16, 2022. Departments or campus employers may arrange payment directly with student business services.


Dining on Campus during winter break

There is no campus meal service from Sunday, December 23-January 1, 2023

December 18-December 23: YWDC open (closes at 2pm, December 22)

December 22-January 1: Dining closure

January 2-January 15: YWDC open

Dining Hours

Winter break housing eligibility

Guardian scholars, athletes with competitions or practices, and housing and dining student employees with shifts scheduled during the break are eligible for winter break housing. Other students my request winter intersession, but their request will need to demonstrate a lack of alternative housing to be considered.

Winter break housing eligibility

Winter break housing days are billed at the daily rate for fall term housing and dining. If you are currently living in a triple room, and you are approved for break housing, you will be billed the triple room rate for housing for the number of nights.

Requesting winter break housing

Reservations for the Winter break pens on November 1, 2022 after 5pm. 

Housing requests for the winter break are submitted through the Housing Portal. Students who need to stay on campus for all or part of winter intersession must request housing by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, December 7th. 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 break reservations. 

Students can directly modify or cancel requests until 11:59 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, 2022.

If your request is for the entire winter break, you would create one new reservation request for housing between Dec. 17, 2022 and Jan. 15, 2023.

If your request is for a portion at beginning of winter break and then a time closer to spring opening, you must create two housing requests. For example: December 17-22 and January 13-15.

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:




Facility maintenance during break

Winter break is a time of significant campus maintenance. Residents considering break 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. 

Below are scheduled maintenance during winter break (subject to change):

Glacier Point 6th Floor - Closed to all residents. Residents of Glacier 6 returning for spring may leave belongings in their rooms, but may not enter the floor between December 18, 2022 - January 11, 2023. Glacier Point 6 residents: see email sent on November 3 from for more details.

Door seal inspection - UC Merced staff will inspect every resident room and suite door in Cathedral, Tenaya, Half Dome, Valley Terraces, and Sierra Terraces over break. This requires room brief room entry for inspection and documentation. Work takes place between 9am-4pm, M-F.

    Transportation during winter break

    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 17. All routes return to regular service Tuesday, January 17, 2023. Residents may want to consider ZipCar or other alternative transportation options during the break.

    View the full CatTracks and Bus schedule.

    Desk and mail services during winter break

    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. 17: 8:00 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Dec. 18: 8:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Dec. 19-22: 10:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Dec. 23 - 25: Closed
    • Dec. 26 - 29: 10:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Dec. 30: Closed
    • Dec. 31: 10:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Jan. 1-2, 2023: Closed
    • Jan. 3-10: 10:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Regular hours resume on Jan. 11th.

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