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Interterm Housing

All active students may participate in interterm courses. Availability of housing during interterm depends on the student's residential status in the fall before interterm or the spring following interterm.


Students on Campus Both Semesters

Students residing on campus for both the fall and spring semesters will be provided housing in January regardless of enrollment in an interterm course. Students need not seek additional permission from the Office of Residence Life to return to campus, and there is no additional cost.


Students Away from Campus Spring Semester

Students studying abroad or going on leave in the spring semester must vacate their residential room on the date houses close at the end of the fall semester.

Exceptions

  • Students registered for a credited interterm course by December 1
  • Students registered in a department-sponsored program by December 1 (examples include Buddhist Studies; Environmental Leadership in the 21st Century; Workshop on Nonviolence; Phoebe Reese Lewis Leadership Program; and Eat, Write, Talk: A gateway for Juniors and Seniors—confirm with the Office of Residential Life before December 1 for eligibility). 

Please note: Students participating in these programs must vacate their rooms one week before new incoming students arrive on campus. They are responsible for finding alternative housing for the final week if necessary.

Exclusions

The following conditions do not entitle a student who is away in the spring to remain in their fall housing assignment for interterm: 

  • Teaching an interterm course
  • Having a job on or off campus
  • Completing research for a faculty member
  • Receiving an academic extension to complete fall semester academic work.

Students Away From Campus Fall Semester

Students who were on leave from the college during the fall semester are permitted to move into their housing assignment on the same day as incoming new students (typically three days before spring semester classes begin).

Exceptions

Students who are permitted by the Office of Residence Life to move into their housing assignments early (due to one of the below exceptions) can return to campus on the designated day that houses open for interterm.

  • Students who are on winter athletic teams (the athletics department provides the Office of Residence Life with a list of students)
  • Students who are registered for a credited interterm course by December 1
  • Students registered in a department-sponsored program by December 1 (examples include Buddisht Studies, Environmental Leadership in the 21st Century; Workshop on Nonviolence; Phoebe Reese Lewis Leadership Program; and Eat, Write, Talk: A Gateway for Juniors and Seniors—confirm with the Office of Residential Life before December 1 for eligibility).

Students who register for a spring semester Five College course which starts before Smith classes will be granted permission to arrive on campus one day before the day the class starts. You must contact the Office of Residence Life at reslife@smith.edu.

Exclusions

The following conditions do not entitle a student who was away in the fall semester to move into their housing assignment early: 

  • Teaching an interterm course
  • Taking a noncredit interterm course
  • Having a job on or off campus
  • Completing research for a faculty member

Students Away From Campus Both Semesters

Students who are studying abroad or are away from Smith for both the fall and spring semesters will not be provided housing on campus during interterm. Students who choose to participate in interterm courses—either for credit or not for credit—must find alternative housing accommodations during this time.


Readmitted Students

Students readmitted to the college are permitted to return to campus on the day new incoming students can arrive on campus (typically three days before spring semester classes begin). There are no exceptions to readmitted students arriving early.


January Graduates

January graduates must vacate residential rooms on the date that houses close at the end of the fall semester. Exceptions will only be made in the case of a student having an emergent situation and has to stay, which must be approved by their class dean, the associate dean of students and the director of residence life