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Prepare for the End of Fall Semester

All residents will be asked to complete the Break Housing/Spring Intent Form in the housing portal by November 18. The form serves multiple purposes:

1.     Identify need to stay through finals week (ending Dec. 12)*

2.      Request Break Housing/early arrival (Dec. 13 – Jan. 9)*

3.      Submit your housing plans for the spring semester 2021

4.      Schedule move-out appointment for residents not returning for spring semester.

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Residence Hall Closings

Halls will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Lunch will be the final meal in the dining centers, ending at 2 p.m.

If you will be returning for spring semester, you will not be required to vacate your room completely. However, we strongly suggest that you take all valuables home with you. Also, please ensure all of your remaining personal belongings are in your designated room space, in the event you will have a new roommate for spring semester.

If you are not in an apartment but need to stay in University Housing through final exams or the entire break period, a request for break housing along with rationale for the stay must be submitted and approved; you will be billed weekly beginning Dec. 13.

If you are NOT returning for spring semester, in order to facilitate a safe and smooth experience, you can schedule a move-out appointment in the housing portal similar to move-in. Appointments will be available between Nov. 19 – 25. Be sure to review the Move-out Guidelines and Safety Procedures.  

Finals Period

The Finals period (Nov. 26 - Dec. 12) will be billed at the rate in the table below, based on your room type and cohort. Click Expand All to view the rates.

2019-2020 Cohort

Finals Period rate by room type (Nov. 26 - Dec. 12)
Room Type   Rate
Traditional Multiple Occupancy    $526
Traditional Single Occupancy    $606
Stratford Heights Multiple Occupancy Bedroom in Suite  $613
Stratford Heights Single Occupancy Bedroom in Suite  $664
Junior Suite Multiple Occupancy Bedroom  $613
Junior Suite Single Occupancy Bedroom  $664
Double Occupancy Bedroom in Suite  $653
Single Occupancy Bedroom in Suite  $693

2020-21 Cohort & Cohort Ineligible

Finals rate based on room type (Nov. 26- Dec. 12)
Room Type Rate
Traditional Multiple Occupancy    $541
Traditional Single Occupancy    $624
SH Multiple Occupancy Bedroom in Suite  $632
SH Single Occupancy Bedroom in Suite  $684
Junior Suite Multiple Occupancy Bedroom  $632
Junior Suite Single Occupancy Bedroom  $684
Double Occupancy Bedroom in Suite  $673
Single Occupancy Bedroom in Suite  $713

Break Housing

Break housing is available Dec. 13 - Jan. 9.

If you are not in an apartment but need to stay in University Housing through final exams or the entire break period, a request for break housing along with rationale for the stay must be submitted and approved.

See Finals Period above for rates to stay through finals (Nov. 26 - Dec. 12).

Traditional and suite-style units will be billed at $34 per night for 2019-2020 cohort, and $35 per night for 2020-21 cohort and non-cohort eligible residents, beginning Dec. 13 Confirmation of a request to stay past Dec. 13 will be required.


The following will require acknowledgement in the housing portal if you will be staying in University Housing during the Finals or Winter Break periods, including early arrival for spring semester.

I agree to follow the Student Code of Conduct and residence hall rules and regulations during the winter break/early arrival. Any violations of the residence hall regulations will be subject to immediate cancellation of the Break Housing Agreement and my removal.

  • I am aware that depending on the status of my current residence hall during Winter Break I may be relocated to a temporary break housing assignment. I agree to remove all of my belongings from the break housing room and return the key to the front desk prior to all periods for which I am not registered in break housing. I understand that I will be charged weekly for as long as I continue to possess the keys for the break housing room. I also understand that failure to return keys in a timely manner will result in my financial responsibility for all necessary lock changes and additional keys.
  • I am currently registered for spring 2021 semester classes and have a valid Housing Agreement.
  • I am aware that the Dining Centers will close at 2 p.m., Nov. 25 and reopen at 4 p.m., Jan 10.
  • I understand that during Finals or Winter Break periods I may be living in an unstaffed residence hall.
  • I understand that I must be in good financial standing with the university.


Safety Procedures

The following safety precautions apply to all residents, whether moving out for break, or completely vacating their unit. Reminder: those completely vacating will be required to schedule an appointment time in the housing portal.

  • Residents and guests/helpers should perform a self-assessment of COVID-19 symptoms prior to arrival to campus.
  • Guests/helpers will be limited to 1 - 2 per resident, and may only stay inside the residence hall during the move-out process.
  • There will be a limit of one family per elevator.
  • Facial coverings will be required at all times.
  • Curbside parking is limited to 15 minutes.

As with move-in, if you are encouraged to use a personal cart to speed up your move.


Residents moving out and not planning to return for the spring semester must follow the below guidelines corresponding to the departure reason below.

Schedule move-out appointment and then follow express check-out process:

  1. You must remove all belongings, food and trash, and leave room in good condition.
  2. Key envelopes can be picked up at your Residence Hall Service Center.  
  3. Turn in your key using the envelope and complete the information in the label fields on the front.
  4. Key envelopes will be collected at Service Centers. If the Service Center is closed, please deposit in Outgoing Mail slot.
  5. Rooms will be assessed for damage/security deposit at a later date.

Graduating/ Withdrawing/Transferring to Another Institution

Schedule move-out appointment and follow express check-out process above.


Residents with spring semester co-ops will be released from university housing without penalty. A copy of your official co-op offer letter must be submitted. Email offer letters to Any applicable spring housing/food charges will be reversed upon receipt.

Once letter is submitted, schedule move-out appointment and follow express check-out process above.

Contract Buyout

Residents who are not required to live in university housing (upper-classmen and local residents) during the Spring 2021 semester may buy out the remaining portion of their contract. See the "contract buy-out" section of the housing Terms and Conditions for additional details.

Upon aknowledgement of buyout, schedule move-out appointment and follow express check-out process above.


Residents may request release for the below scenarios and are subject to review/approval by University Housing. Petitions and supporting documentation can be submitted via the housing portal, using the “Forms” tab. We will work with students and their families to find the best solution to fit with needs for a successful living and learning experience. Because of unprecedented events, UC has expanded its housing exemption/petition criteria in order to accommodate students and their families. Keep in mind the following:  

  • If a student desires a single room, we will work to accommodate the request, first with our existing inventory of single rooms. If nothing is available, we are open to converting a two-bed room into a single, at an increased rate, and subject to availability.  
  • If students/parents are not comfortable staying in the residence halls, we will work with them to provide a waiver from the housing requirement for first-year students. Waiver requests are subject to approval by UC as it is important to ensure safety for our incoming first-year students.
Petition Types
  • Financial - must document a significant and unanticipated change in your financial circumstances incurred since the time you signed the Agreement.  
  • Medical/Psychological - must document medical or psychological conditions affected by residence hall life. Your physician must complete and return the MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION form (found in the housing portal). Please note that all medical documentation is subject to review by the Accessibility Resources office.
  • Marriage - must document your marriage or impending marriage to occur within two (2) weeks. You must present a marriage certificate for a completed marriage; or a marriage license for an impending marriage within two (2) academic weeks. Certificate of completed marriage must be presented within 30 days.
  • Other extenuating circumstances, including COVID-related - Residents are required to submit documentation explaining how the change of circumstances have impacted their living and learning on campus. Petitions in this category will be approved only for individuals returning to their permanent home address. For all other petitions you must submit detailed documentation and meet with a Housing staff member if requested. 

If you’re unsure whether your situation qualifies for release or the type of petition to submit, please discuss with a Housing staff member by calling 513-556-6461.


If you are NOT returning for spring semester, yes.  

If you are returning for spring semester, no. While most residence halls close for breaks between terms and students must leave those halls, you may leave your belongings in your room over break. You must turn in your residence hall key(s) at the end of each term and throw away food and clean out your refrigerator and microwave units. It is important that you take all necessary items (medication, plane tickets, credit cards, money, etc.) with you, as the front door locks are changed during breaks and students are unable to re-enter the building.

In addition, we recommend that you consider taking home anything of extreme value, such as computers or stereos. While the residence halls are locked and secured, with so few people present to be “eyes and ears,” any would-be thief who did manage to gain access is much less likely to be seen. In addition, unless you are the last person to leave your room for the term, you are depending on your roommate(s) to protect the security of your room in your absence by keeping the door locked at all times.

Remember, the university does not assume any liability for loss or damage to residents’ personal property, and regardless of what you will choose to take or leave at breaks, all residents are strongly encouraged to make sure that their possessions are insured, either by a parent’s homeowners insurance policy or by their own tenant’s insurance policy.

No. If you do not plan to return for spring semester, your housing contract will end December 12  and you will be expected to completely vacate your apartment.

Spring Move-in

Halls open for spring semester at 10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 10. Meal service begins at 4 p.m., Jan.10 at CenterCourt.

The move-in map shows parking (green structures) in relation to residence communities, as well as unloading areas. More detailed Google maps and coordinates can be found on the Parking website.


Father moving male student's belongings with a personal cart

Whether you're moving in or out, bringing a personal cart will help limit exposure risk of using loaner carts. Loaner carts will be disinfected after each use.

Recycle Your Cardboard

There are recycling bins located near each campus residence hall. Please use these bins to dispose of any cardboard boxes and other recyclable materials from move-in.

Maps of Bin Locations

Maps are available for each on-campus residence hall. If you live in University Edge, USquare, UPA, 101 E. Corry, or the Deacon, check with property management for recycling options, or use the campus bin closest to your apartment.

Move-in FAQ

Yes, residence hall service centers will begin accepting packages for spring residents beginning Jan. 7. Packages arriving before Jan. 7 will be returned to sender. Note, due to the sheer volume of packages during this time you may experience delivery delays.  

The exception for direct shipments will be packages coming from our online marketplace, as our partner delivers these in bulk.

Amazon orders may not be shipped to your residence hall at any time. Instead, choose ship to the Amazon Store on Calhoun St. in USquare at the Loop.

  • 241 Calhoun St., Cincinnati, OH  45219
  • Phone: 888-280-4331
  • Thermometer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Facial coverings
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Renter's insurance (highly recommended)
  • Desk lamp
  • Computer
  • TV/Video game console (Philo streaming service is free to residents in university-owned communities)
  • Bedding - comforter, pillow, extra-long twin sheets (80")
  • Bath linens
  • Fan
  • Small storage container or trunk
  • Headphones/ear buds
  • Hypoallergenic, zippered mattress cover (extra-long twin)
  • Shower bucket & shoes (Dabney, Daniels, Calhoun, Siddall)
  • Hanging soap dish/shower caddy (Turner/Schneider)
  • Fish (20 gal. aquarium or less)
  • Carpet or rug
  • Toiletries
  • Posters & pictures
  • Hair dryer
  • Umbrella
  • Iron/steamer

The list below is not all-inclusive. If you are unsure of whether an item is permissible, please call University Housing at 513-556-6461.

  • Air fryers
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hoverboards or electric scooters
  • Power tools
  • Pets*
  • Air conditioner
  • Space heater
  • Broiler
  • Lofts
  • Candles
  • Explosives/fireworks
  • Hot plates or electric skillet
  • Hot-oil popcorn poppers
  • Waterbeds or water chairs
  • Toaster ovens
  • Woks
  • Grills or griddles (including George Foreman(R))
  • Weapons (real or toy, including water guns)
  • Weights over 10 pounds
  • Wall mounts for televisions
  • Alcohol (except residents of Schneider and Campus Rec Hall who are 21 years old and older)

*Exception will be made for Service and Emotional Support Animals (ESA). In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the University of Cincinnati engages in an interactive and collaborative process with students in order to determine eligibility for reasonable accommodations for students living in the residence halls and campus community. University offices which work in collaboration to assist the student are Disability Services Office, Housing and Food Services as well as Resident Education & Development.