Winter Break Housing

Winter Break Housing

This page is updated yearly in October

Winter Break 2023 Summary

The University of Toronto exam season and holiday season are approaching, if you are unable to travel at this time you can stay with us at no additional cost* throughout the winter break! Please review the information below regarding winter break accommodation. 


About the Winter Break

Exams EndDec 20, 2023
University Closure beginsDec 21, 2023 at 9:00 AM
University Closure ends & residence re-opensJanuary 3, 2024

Residents are required to vacate residence by:

  • no later than 24 hours after their last December exam, OR
  • by no later than 9:00 am on Thursday December 21, 2023 as specified in the University Academic Calendar, whichever comes first.

Residents may return to the premises no earlier than 9:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, January 3, 2024. If you require accommodations during this period, you will be required to submit an application. See information below.

If you are approved to stay during the Winter Break, please note that during the University closure, all on campus food services (i.e. Colman Commons) will be closed, no caretaking or maintenance services will be provided above and beyond emergency services. Please note Colman Commons will resume operations on January 3, 2024. No overnight guests or social gatherings are permitted; it is 24-hour quiet period for the entirety of the Winter Break.

Work Order Portal Closure: During the Winter Break Closure, Student Housing & Residence Life will have maintenance staff available on an on-call basis only. During this time the work order system will not be accepting work orders. If your work request is of an urgent nature or an emergency, please contact Don on Duty at 289-805-0580. 

For reference, emergency work that would be addressed by on-call staff would be:

  • No Heat
  • No Water
  • No power
  • Flood
  • Security (Access Control)
  • Fire (contact 911 immediately)

If you are unsure if your concern is an emergency, please contact the Residence Services Desk at or by phone at 905-828-5286 for assistance. 

Work orders will be accepted again on Wednesday, January 3 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)


Ready to leave for Winter Break?

The end of the fall semester is closely approaching, and we would like to remind you of a couple of things you have to do before you leave residence!


  • Remove all perishable food from your unit, including your fridge!
  • Take all garbage out before you leave. Your room will smell bad and attract pests if you don't!
  • Clean your bedroom and common areas - it is nice to come back to a clean space!
  • Submit work orders for anything broken before December 21, 2023
  • Close and lock all your windows
  • Turn off the heaters in your bedroom and common areas, if no one is staying over the break. 


Residence Services Desk

The Residence Services Desk will be open on a limited basis throughout the Winter Break. Please note that we will not be accepting packages for the duration of the winter break. Winter Break hours are below: 

  • December 21: 8:45 AM - 9:00 PM
  • December 22: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • December 27 - 29: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • January 2: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Regular hours of operation will resume on January 3, 2024. If you have an issue outside of RSD hours, please contact the Don-on-Duty at (289) 805-0580.


Application Information

Only residents interested in staying in residence for part or for the entirety of Winter Break have to complete the application.

Application Opens: October 23, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
Application Closes: November 10, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

How to Submit the Winter Break Application

  1. Beginning October 23, 2023 at 12:00 PM (noon), login to StarRez ( with your UTORid & Password
  2. Select Manage My Housing in the top drop down
  3. Select your UTM FALL TERM 2023 booking
  4. Select Winter Break Application from the drop down menu
  5. Complete the form by November 10, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

Requests received after Friday, November 10, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. will be subject to a late fee.


  • Winter Break Housing: $0 – no additional cost if application is submitted by November 10
  • Late submissions between November 10 to December 15: $50
  • Late submissions on or after December 16: $150

Extension Options 

  • Full Stay – December 21, 2023 to January 3, 2024
  • Partial Stay – (anytime less than full stay)
    • Ex. If you need to extend to stay a few hours/days past December 21 at 9:00 am OR need to return earlier than January 3, 2024 at 9:00 am EST

Other Important Notes

  • Upon approval of a Winter Break Application, residents will continue to be subject to the terms outlined in the 2023-2024 Occupancy Agreement.
  • During the University closure, no food services, caretaking, maintenance or other services above and beyond emergency services will be provided. Colman Commons will resume operations on January 3, 2024 @ 9:00 AM. No overnight guests or social gatherings are permitted; it is 24-hour quiet period for the duration of the Winter Break

Winter Break Programming

Join us for fun activities and opportunities to meet other students staying in residence. Click below to see our programming calendar.

UTM Residence Winter Break Programming