Mason Family Flash

Frequently Asked Questions About Winter Break

Northern Neck resident life

The end of the semester can be a hectic blend of finishing final exams, arranging travel plans, and preparing to move out of residence halls during winter break. In order to make the planning process easier, we have gathered the important information you and your student need for winter break.

When does my student need to leave the residence hall?
Students should plan to be moved out of their residence halls within 24 hours of their last final exam or by noon on December 18, depending which comes first. On-campus housing will reopen on January 16 at 10 a.m.

Can my student leave things in his/her room?
Students are welcome to leave belongings in the residence hall and keep his or her room key over break. Your student should plan to take any valuable items home over break. Encourage your student to checkout this helpful checklist from housing!

For additional information on winter break move-out, click here.

Does Mason offer transportation options over the holidays?
Mason transportation will be offering affordable shuttles to Dulles airport and other cities across Virginia.

Does my student need a reservation?
Students can make a reservation ahead of time and are encouraged to do so as time slots can fill up quickly. Encourage your student to visit for more information regarding the shuttle schedules and reservation guidelines.

Mason Transportation can also be reached at 703.993.2828.

Other Resources
The University’s hours of operation will change during winter break. If your student is staying in the area during any portion of the break and wants to continue using university resources, encourage him or her to check out the specific department’s adjusted hours online.

Please click the services below for more information on hours of operation during winter break:

Dining Services
Health Services
Recreation and Fitness Centers
Student Centers


Please note that all University offices are closed December 22, 2014 and will reopen January 5, 2015.

Kristen Wright
Graduate Assistant, Family Programs and Services
Orientation and Family Programs and Services