Before you leave town: Winter break reminders and tips | CU Boulder Today

Via Peters

Winter break is almost here! Many campus services will be reduced throughout winter break, and most academic and administrative offices will be closed from Dec. 25–Jan. 1. Whether you live on or off campus, please take a moment to review some reminders and tips before you leave town.

On-campus residents

Residence halls close at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16. All students must vacate their rooms for the duration of the winter break. Bear Creek students are welcome to remain in their room throughout the winter break, or to come and go as they need. Students that have spring housing contracts may leave personal belongings in the room.

Returning residents may return to their rooms beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 7. 

Before you leave for break:

  • Make sure windows are closed and locked, and drapes are closed.
  • Unplug electrical appliances (residence hall students only).
  • Clean your micro-fridge and set to low (residence hall students only).
  • Turn your heater to low setting where possible.
  • Remove trash and recycling from the building.
  • Turn off your lights.
  • Make sure your room door is completely closed and locked.
  • Remember to pack all important documents or valuable items such as plane tickets, Buff OneCard, ID and passport, jewelry, medicines, etc.
  • Store any bikes in your room during breaks, if space is available and it does not block exits.

Learn more about leaving for break.

Off-campus residents

If you are leaving for break:

  • Before you leave, find someone willing to clear snow off of your property. Snow must be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours of a snow fall.
  • Ask a friend to collect your mail and pick up newspapers and/or any trash in your yard. If you’ll be gone for a longer period of time, consider having the post office hold your mail while you’re away.
  • Make sure all windows and doors are locked. Move any expensive items like laptops away from windows where they may be visible, or bring them with you. Make sure your bike is securely locked, or bring it inside if you can.
  • Set your lights on a timer and your heat to a reasonable temperature, about 60 degrees to prevent any pipes freezing.
  • Don’t leave pets by themselves. Find someone to take care of them while you are away.

Campus Dining Services

On-campus dining options will be limited during winter break––view dining hours and closures.

 Tips to get out of town

Whether you’re using public transportation or flying, review these tips to help your traveling go smoothly.

Getting around campus

There will be no Buff Bus service (Will Vill/Bear Creek/Marine Street) offered between Dec. 16-Jan. 5. There will also be no Stampede service from Dec. 25-Jan. 2. 

Limited Buff Bus service will be offered Jan. 6-7. Regular service resumes on Jan. 8.

CU NightRide

CU NightRide will be closed  Dec. 15–Jan. 9. We encourage you to look at alternative transportation options through CU Boulder Parking & Transportation Services.

University Memorial Center

The UMC and The Connection will have limited hours Dec. 18-20, and will be closed Dec. 21–Jan. 2.

Health and Wellness Services

Health and Wellness Services departments will have adjusted hours over break. 

Winter Break Appreciation Week at The Rec

Students, grad students, faculty and staff can enjoy free activities at the Rec Center from Jan. 2–8! There will be free admittance, bouldering and fitness classes for all Buff OneCard holders (the Rec Center is not currently selling guest passes). Learn more about Winter Break Appreciation Week at the Rec.

Career Services

Career Services will offer virtual office hours Monday, Dec. 20, through Thursday, Dec. 23, and will be closed Dec. 24–31. You can schedule a virtual appointment and access career help on-demand with online tools over winter break.

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