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Winter Break Information

All campus housing closes at 12:00PM noon on Thursday, December 14, 2023. Expect to leave for break within 24 hours of your last final or by noon on Thursday, December 14, 2023 whichever occurs first.
Campus housing will reopen at 8:00AM on Saturday, January 6, 2024.

Winter Break Housing
Late Stay & Early Arrival Process

Application deadline for Winter Break Housing: 12:00PM noon Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Students must complete the online Winter Break Housing Application by the application deadline to avoid any late application costs.
Please remember housing over break is not guaranteed. All requests are reviewed and availability confirmed by Residence Life before acceptance and approval of applications.

All students contracted with Residence Life to stay on-campus for any duration between noon December 14, 2023 – 8:00am January 6, 2024 will be charged a nightly rate (for a maximum of 15 days of billing).

Palmerton, Connolly, & Peterson Halls $20.00 per night
Placer Hall $25.00 per night
Rocker Square Apartments $30.71 per night


Students on campus for participation in departmental employment, NCAA in-season athletics, academic coursework requiring physical presence (as noted above) are eligible to receive a 75% discount for dates they are required to be on campus. Residence Life will contact the listed supervisor, faculty member, or coach to confirm required presence and dates. To receive the 75% discount, the application must be submitted, and confirmation received from the supervisor, faculty member, or coach before noon on November 28, 2023.

Winter Break Checklist

A checklist will be placed on all resident doors that outlines specific items that must be done before leaving for Winter Break. Please refer to this checklist for specific items in your residence hall. In general, all students must ensure the following is done before leaving for break:

  • Close and lock all windows
  • Close drapes or blinds
  • Set thermostat to 65°F (Palmerton, Connolly, & Peterson Halls) or 60°F (Placer Hall & Rocker Square Apartments) and the fan to "auto"
  • Ensure HVAC unit and sensors are not blocked
  • Remove all perishable items
  • Remove all trash, recycling, and clean room
  • Unplug Appliances:
    • Residence Halls - all appliances including refrigerators and computer systems
    • Rocker Apartments - all appliances and computer systems, except major kitchen items
  • Turn off all lights
  • Lock doors
  • Return rented books to Rocker Shop

Note: Residence Life and Facilities staff enter all rooms over break to perform preventative maintenance and to ensure all items on the checklist are completed. Fines will be issued for items not completed.

Residents Not Returning for the Spring 2024 Semester

Contact Our Office by 12:00PM noon on Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Students not returning for the spring semester must notify Katie Wahls, Director of Housing & Operations in Residence Life about the status of their housing contract (email kathryn.wahls@sdsmt.edu).

Vacating Deadline: 12:00PM noon on Thursday, December 14, 2023
Students who are not returning to housing second semester must vacate by 12:00PM noon on Thursday, December 14, 2023.

Graduating Students Extended Deadline: 5:00PM on Sunday, December 17, 2023
Students graduating on December 16, 2023 will be able to stay in housing until 5:00PM on December 17, 2023 at no cost.

Return Rooms to Move-In Condition & Turn In Access Cards & Keys
Rooms must be returned to move-in condition: cleaned, damage-free, and with all University furniture.

Rocker Square Residents must return all keys and cards to Residence Life via an "Express Check-Out" envelope (2 keys, 1 card). Envelopes will be provided to all students who are leaving. Extra envelopes can be found at the Surbeck Front Desk. Failure to return all keys/cards will result in improper check-out and re-keying charges. Envelopes can be returned to the Residence Life Office or in the Residence Life maildrop when the office is closed.

Update Mail Forwarding Address
Mail will automatically be forwarded to the address on file with the University. If another address is desired, complete the online request here.

    2024 IMPORTANT DATES

    Student Staff Hiring Process
    January 4, 2024 - March 8, 2024
    Timeline for hiring here

    Fall 2024 Housing Selection Dates
    More information available here
    Housing Selection Information Sessions

    February 20 - February 21, 2024 (5:00PM MT)
    Lottery Numbers Emailed
    March 1, 2024
    Lottery Application & Exemption Window
    March 18, 2024 (7:00AM MT) - March 21, 2024
    Lottery Exemptions & Accommodations Due
    March 25, 2024 (11:59PM MT)
    Housing Application Open for All
    March 25, 2024 (7:00AM MT)

    Spring Break 2024
    Residence Halls Close
    Rocker Square Apartments Remain Open

    March 9, 2024 - March 17, 2024
    Details available here

    May Closing 2024
    Residence Halls & Apartments close
    Non-graduating students
    May 4, 2024 at 12:00PM, noon
    Eligible graduating students
    May 5, 2024 at 2:00PM, noon
    Details available here