Residential Life and Housing

Information for Current Students

Opening and Closing of Residence Halls (Returning Students)

For the 2013-2014 academic year, Residence Halls will:

  • Open for incoming First Year students at 9:00AM on Thursday, August 21, 2014*.
  • Open for incoming Transfer students at 9:00AM on Thursday, August 21, 2014*.
  • Open for returning students at 9:00AM on Sunday, August 24, 2014.
  • Remain open for Fall and Thanksgiving Breaks.
  • Close for Winter Break at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
  • Open for the Spring Semester at 9:00AM on Sunday, January 11, 2015.
  • Remain open for Spring Break.
  • Close for undergraduate students at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.
  • Close for graduating seniors and graduate students at 12:00 Noon on Monday, May 18, 2015.

Students who need to arrive before these openings or after these closings may request to extend their housing contract up to 72 hours early/late.  The fees to do so are outlined in the Housing Contract and below:

  • $25 per day if requested prior to 2 weeks before the opening/closing date
  • $35 per day if requested prior to 1 week before the opening/closing date
  • $50 per day if requested prior to 3 days before the opening/closing date
  • $75 per day if requested prior to 2 days before the opening/closing date
  • $100 per day if you arrive unnanounced
  • $150 per day if you are found to be in the halls without permission

The following are a few hotels in the Worcester area that you may wish to contact if you need to return early or stay late, but are not interested in extending your contract or need to extend beyond 72 hours:

  • Regency Suites (508) 753-3512
  • Holiday Inn (508) 852-4000
  • Baymont Suites (508) 832-7000
  • Worcester Inn (508) 852-2800


In the event of an emergency in your residence, immediately call University Police (ext. 7575) and the Resident Adviser. University Police can be reached 24 hours a day. The Resident Adviser staffs are on duty each night from 9 p.m.- 7 a.m.

Fire Safety

Fire drills are held periodically, and all residents and guests are expected to leave the building during these drills. You should be aware of the quickest and safest ways out of the building in the event of an emergency. The residential life staff will provide this information at the beginning of each semester. Fire doors may not be propped open. Moreover, it is a violation of federal law to tamper with fire alarms, sprinklers, extinguishers and other fire equipment.

Prohibited Items

There are some items that are not allowed in the residence halls due to space or safety issues:

  • Air conditioners
  • Extension Cords or multiple adapters (As of Fall 2011 only extension cords with surge protectors are permitted in the residence halls)
  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Microwaves (unless it is part of a rented microfridge combination unit)
  • Fridges over 5.0 Cubic Feet
  • Toasters/toaster ovens
  • Pets (fish are ok)
  • Hot pots and electric frying pans
  • Space heaters
  • Mattresses
  • Fireworks
  • Oil lamps
  • Halogen lamps
  • Traffic signs
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Lava lamps
  • Ridiculous things you know you shouldn't have but aren't on this list.  If you have doubts about whether you should bring something... check with us first!