Leaving for Break
Fall Break | November 20-28
All residence halls and Bear Creek remain open for any resident throughout the fall break.
Many campus services, such as dining, bus transportation and residence hall front desk hours, will be reduced throughout the fall break. All residence hall access doors will be locked, and accessible by current residents only.
Winter Break | December 16 - January 7
Residence halls close at 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 16, 2021. All students must vacate their rooms for the duration of the winter break. 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, January 7, 2022.
Bear Creek students are welcome to remain in their room throughout the winter break, or to come and go as they need.
If you are unsure if you will be returning to CU Boulder for spring semester, it is highly recommended that you remove all of your belongings to avoid additional charges should you not return.
Please note: All University offices, including University Housing and Residence Life will be closed from December 25 - January 2. During this time, Residence Life staff will only be available to support urgent needs, such as lock-outs, through the break. We are unable to support move-in’s, move-outs or to support students retrieving forgotten items throughout the break.
Spring Break | March 19-27, 2022
All residence halls and Bear Creek remain open for any resident throughout the spring break.
Many campus services, such as dining, bus transportation and residence hall front desk hours, will be reduced throughout the spring break. All residence hall access doors will be locked, and accessible by current residents only.
Before departing for break, please ensure:
- Windows are closed and locked
- Window blinds are closed
- Electrical appliances are unplugged (residence hall students only)
- Micro-fridges are cleaned and set to low (residence hall students only)
- All food and perishable items have been removed from the room
- Trash and recycling is removed from the building
- Personal items such as laptops and textbooks are removed from in front of heating units and from floor
- Heaters set on low
- Lights turned off
- Room door completely closed and locked
Remember to pack all important documents and valuable items, such as plane tickets, ID and passport, jewelry, medicines, gifts, etc. Your room will not be accessible to you throughout the winter break.
Students with open spaces in their room at winter break are expected to have the space ready for a new spring semester roommate. Roommate information will be emailed throughout the break as it becomes available.
To help prevent theft, it is recommended that students store personal bikes in their room during breaks, if space is available and it does not block exits
During the break, Residence Life staff will check each room for any safety concerns. Residents are encouraged to review the Residential Handbook, and to rectify any policy violations before their departure. Common policy violations include:
- Displaying alcohol containers as decorations
- Posters, post-it’s or other signs that are affixed to windows
- Candles in the room
- Flags or curtains larger than 36”
Repairs During Winter Break
After the residence halls close, for safety and sustainability purposes, each room is inspected by Residence Life staff to ensure that the building has been properly prepared for the semester break period. Other Housing staff may enter student rooms over the break period to address maintenance concerns, replace smoke detector batteries or to ensure that the building continues to be secure.
- Make sure any breakable objects are stored safely away.
- Clear all personal items from the floor to prevent damage in case of water pipe or radiator leaks.
- In some halls, residents will be notified of any other specific actions they will need to take to prepare their room for special maintenance work.
No Access to Halls During Break
During winter break all residence halls will be closed and locked. Residents should remember to take airline tickets, clothes, skis/snowboards, passports, medicine or other items that will be needed during the break period.
Bear Creek residents will continue to have access to their rooms throughout the winter break.
Permanently Moving Out During the Semester
- If you are a first-year student, complete the First-Year Release Petition* and receive approval of release.
- Complete the Pre-Checkout Form on the MyCULiving portal and select your departure date. (First year students will not have access to this form until they have completed the first year release petition OR call Occupancy Management to confirm withdrawal from CU-Boulder.)
- Pack your belongings and ensure your space is clean and in the condition it was upon move-in. Don’t forget your bike.
- On your departure date, remove all of your items from the space and ensure the room door is locked.
- Go to the Community Center desk to complete checkout processes, including deactivating your Buff OneCard.
- Return your mail key to the UPS store and submit a forwarding address.
- Depart campus and have safe travels.
Failure to complete these steps may result in your contract not being terminated and continued financial responsibility for your campus housing assignment.
Cancellation Charge Information
- Early termination charges apply, including for first-year students released from the live-on requirement.
- Please refer to the Housing Contract Section 11, Termination by the Student for cancellation charge information.
- Feel free to reach out to Student Housing if you have questions, via email at email@example.com, or via phone at 303-492-6673.
First Year Release Petition
The University requires that all students admitted as first-year freshmen live in a university residence hall for two academic semesters (not including the Summer term). A first-year student who wishes to move off campus but remain a CU Boulder student must complete the First-Year Release Petition process and receive a written approval of release from the First-Year Live-On Requirement through the Housing Petition Committee prior to completing the Pre-Checkout Form and departing from the residence halls. The Freshman Release Petition process can be started by logging into the MyCULiving portal and submitting the form found in the top gold bar. For questions, please reach out to Student Housing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-492-6673
Permanently Moving Out Resources
This section provides information for those permanently moving out of the residence halls or Bear Creek
Mailbox Key Return
- Students should return the mailbox key to the UPS Store® (where the student’s mailbox is located) during their operating hours, and bring their Buff OneCard.
- Failure to return the key will result in a $45.00 lock change fee.
- A lock change fee will be assessed if the mailbox key is not returned to the UPS Store® within seven days of moving out.
- Students should plan ahead to return their mailbox key during hours that the UPS Store is open.
- For students who do not return the key before leaving campus:
- Use a bubble mailer (or other thick envelope) - keys can tear through regular paper envelopes.
- Include a note with the key with your name, mailbox number and hall.
- Send to:
The UPS Store
Attn: Key Return
2480 Kittredge Loop Dr.
Boulder, CO 80310
- Students sending the key back by mail must have the parcel arrive by the 7th day following their departure.
- Lost key fees cannot be disputed once they have been posted to the students account.
Change of Address
Students’ USPS mail will automatically be forwarded to their permanent address on file for 90 days. To have mail forwarded to another address, students can submit a request two ways:
- Go the UPS Store® (where the student receives mail) and speak directly with one of the front counter associates, OR
- Send the UPS Store® an email at email@example.com with the student’s full name and new address. In the subject line, write: Change of Address
UPS will forward all first-class mail and parcels for 90 days. Pre-sorted standard and non-profit mail will be recycled. If a student receives mail from carriers other than USPS (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.) they will be notified via their Colorado.edu email address with the following options:
- Pay to have the package forwarded to the student’s address
- Pick up the package at The UPS Store
- Have the package returned to sender
If no action is taken, the package will automatically be returned to sender within several weeks of being received by The UPS Store.
The UPS Store® locations at CU Boulder offer a storage program for all returning students both on and off-campus. This program offers a variety of sizes and options for your selection. As the preferred partner for campus, The UPS Store® makes it simple. They provide a box—you fill it up and return it to one of their stores on campus. They seal it, store it for the summer off-site in a climate-controlled, secured warehouse and have it awaiting your return for pick-up. The items will be available at your choice of on-campus locations at a convenient time during move-in.
For additional information or to secure your summer storage, please visit usummerstorage.com or call 303-442-2601 ext. 101.
There are many additional vendors around Boulder that are able to provide short and long term storage solutions.
The UPS Store® locations at CU Boulder offer everything you need for shipping. Let the certified packing experts help you select from our competitively priced shipping options and variety of packaging materials. Their certified packaging experts are great resources for fragile and high-end items. Every item they pack comes with their Pack and Ship Guarantee: If we pack it and ship it, it's 100% guaranteed!
Vendor Support During Move-Out
To support student safety, CU does not provide room access to anyone other than the student. We are unable to unlock doors for movers, parents, or other family members.
Students are welcome to contract with any vendor of their choosing to support the storage, moving or shipment of their personal items. However, to help ensure the safety of our community, no vendor is permitted to enter the residence halls to pack or remove students' belongings without the student present.
Per our Guest & Visitation policy, students must escort any guests while inside any residence hall. This includes hired movers. Residence Life staff are not able to escort vendors to students rooms.
Some vendors do offer services where students are able to load packaged items into moving trucks in residence hall parking lots. Vendors are welcome to work with students, so long as they remain outside of the residence halls and have secured appropriate permissions from CU Boulder Parking Services.