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Break Housing & Storage

Smith has four breaks throughout the year (Thanksgiving, winter, spring and summer) where you must apply to remain on campus. It is important that you know the dates when houses close before breaks and open after breaks. You will not be permitted to stay in a house after the designated closing date and time nor to move back into a house before the designated date and time.

Students who wish to stay on campus for vacation must complete a break housing request form. Forms and applications required for break housing will be made available on your Residence Life Self-Service page. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Residence Life

The form is a contractual agreement between the permanent residents of the room and the vacation occupant. This is to ensure that all involved parties are in agreement with the conditions of occupying the room during break. 

Front door OneCard access will change on all houses for breaks. OneCard house access turns off at 10 a.m. on the day the break starts, and OneCard house access will turn on at 1 p.m. the day the break ends. If you have completed a Thanksgiving or Spring Break Housing request and have been approved to stay, you will have access to the house you are staying in during the break. The cost for Thanksgiving break 2019 is $40, and the cost for spring break 2020 will be $80. Students have the option to apply for aid on the request form.

Available Housing

Fall Break

All houses are open for fall break. You do not need to apply to stay in housing during fall break.

Thanksgiving Break

For Thanksgiving 2019, the college made the decision to allow students to sign up and stay in their regular houses. Students must still complete the form and pay the fee to gain appropriate OneCard access to remain during Thanksgiving break. 

Winter Break

All houses, including Friedman Apartments, will close for a 14-day period between late December and early January (December 21, 2019–January 5, 2020). Winter break housing is only available to you if your permanent address is an address outside of the United States. International students can find more information on the Office of International Students and Scholars website.

Spring Break

Special Notice: Spring Break 2020
Due to complications with travel, as related to the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) worldwide, the housing fee for spring break 2020 has been waived for all students. 

Anyone who wishes to remain on campus for the Spring Break must complete the Spring Break form. The OneCards of anyone not signed up to remain on campus will be deactivated. The Spring Break form will open on February 15 and close on March 8 and can be found on your Res Life Self-Service page. Dining fees were eliminated; please see the spring break 2020 hours and locations on the dining website.

All houses remain open during spring break, except Tyler House. Please open up the break housing grid (above) to confirm which houses will be open for spring 2019. If your house is not open and you need to stay during the break, you will need to make arrangements with friends or other students in those houses that will be open, so you can stay in their rooms and obtain their keys. All students who remain on campus during spring break will be charged the same spring break housing fee ($80). 



Thanksgiving Winter Spring Year Round
150 Elm Street Yes Yes Yes Yes
44 Green Street Yes Yes Yes No
54 Green Street Yes No Yes No
Albright House Yes No Yes No
Baldwin House Yes No Yes No
Capen House Yes No Yes No
Chapin House Yes No Yes No
Chase House Yes No Yes No
Comstock House Yes No Yes No
Conway House Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cushing House Yes No Yes No
Cutter House Yes Yes Yes No
Duckett House Yes No Yes No
Emerson House Yes No Yes No
Friedman Complex Yes No Yes No
Gardiner House Yes No Yes No
Gillett House Yes No Yes No
Haven House Yes No Yes No
Hopkins House Yes No Yes No
Hubbard House Yes No Yes No
Jordan House Yes No Yes No
King House Yes No Yes No
Lamont House Yes No Yes No
Lawrence House Yes No Yes No
Morris House Yes No Yes No
Morrow House Yes No Yes No
Northrop House Yes No Yes No
Park Annex Yes No Yes No
Park House Yes No Yes No
Parsons Annex Yes Yes Yes Yes
Parsons House Yes No Yes No
Scales House Yes No Yes No
Sessions Annex Yes No Yes No
Sessions House Yes No Yes No
Talbot House Yes No Yes No
Tenney House Yes No Yes No
Tyler House Yes No No No
Washburn House Yes No Yes No
Wesley House Yes No Yes No
Wilder House Yes No Yes No
Wilson House Yes No Yes No
Ziskind House Yes Yes Yes No


Housing Cost

The fee goes toward paying Residence Life student staff who staff the houses over the break. The fee is different for each break. Thanksgiving Break 2018 is $40 and Spring Break 2019 is $80. The cost will be added to your student account after break. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify, based on your financial aid package. If there are extenuating circumstances that are not reflected in your financial aid package, please schedule an appointment by emailing

Break Keys

OneCards will be used to access the front door. You are responsible for keys borrowed for break. Lost break keys result in the usual key charges of $110 ($50 for a core replacement, $30 for a replacement key, $30 for a replacement tag key). Don't forget that if you lose the key for a double room, you also have to pay the cost of the roommate's replacement key (an additional $30, for a total of $140).


Smith College provides limited storage (trunk room storage) for you during the summer break. We strongly encourage you to use off-campus storage options due to the limited space available in the trunk rooms. Students who reside on campus during the summer have access to limited temporary storage in the basement of John M. Greene Hall.