Winter Break

Winter Break 2022-2023

On-Campus Housing 

All on campus residence halls close over winter break. Students must depart 24 hours or less after the end of their last scheduled final exam or review board, or by noon on December 23, whichever comes first. Students in singles and the last roommate to leave a double or triple room are required to complete a departure checklist. 

Departure checklist for students returning to the same assignment in spring 2023 

  • You may leave any of your belongings in your room over the break. There will be no access to the residence halls over the break, so take with you anything you might need before the start of the spring semester. 

  • The last person to leave each room must complete the departure checklist and post it to their door. Residential staff and facilities staff will inspect rooms after each departure checklist is completed. 

  • The departure checklist requires all items in the room to be unplugged, the MicroChill to be defrosted, the HVAC system to be set to a particular setting, windows to be closed, and door to be locked, among other items. Roommates who are not the last to leave should do their parts of the checklist before departure. See the Residential Life departure checklist

Check out for students not returning to same assignment in spring 2023 

  • Make a check-out appointment with your RA, whether you are the last person to leave your room or not. 

  • All belongings must be packed up and cleared from the room prior to your appointment with the RA. 

  • After completing your check out appointment with your RA, return your key to the Residential Life office at 120 Packard Ave.  After hours key dropbox available. 

Return arrival for spring 2023 term 

  • Spring semester courses begin January 18. Students may return to campus for the start of the spring semester any time after noon on January 15. 

  • Students who are returning to their fall semester assignment are not required to sign up for an arrival time or check in upon arrival. 

  • Students who are moving into a new room for the spring 2023 term must make a check in appointment with the Office of Residential Life.  See move-in procedures.

  • No requests for early arrival will be considered. 

Exceptional Housing Requests 

Students who are required to be on campus during winter break for a university-sponsored activity (e.g., RAs arriving early for required training, student athletes participating in competitions that occur during break) will be permitted to live in residence halls on campus only for the dates needed to complete their requirement. Students who are approved to stay under these criteria will be contacted by Residential Life in mid-November with additional details.  You do not need to submit an exceptional housing request; instead, let the department sponsoring your required activity know your plans. 

Students who have exceptional circumstances that make it impossible for them to leave campus during winter break may request winter break housing by submitting a request by December 1. Only requests documenting truly exceptional circumstances will be considered. This year, travel quarantine policies of other countries do not constitute an exceptional circumstance. Students who prefer not to travel to a particular location due to travel quarantine policies are encouraged to make alternative off-campus plans now. 

Submit Exceptional Request for Winter Break Housing 

After your request is received, it will be reviewed by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs and you will be contacted within ten business days. Students with questions about exceptional winter break housing requests can contact the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at 617-627-3158 or

Dining Hours and Meal Support 

All campus dining locations close during parts of winter break: 

  • Regular dining hours continue through the end of service on December 20.  

  • December 21: Dining locations operate modified hours: 

    • Dewick-MacPhie Dining: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

    • Fresh at Carmichael: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

    • Hotung Cafe 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

    • Commons Marketplace 11 a.m.  to 4 p.m. 

    • Hodgdon 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

    • Kindlevan Cafe 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

    • Mugar Cafe 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

    • SMFA Cafe 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

    • Pax et Lox closed. 

  • December 22: All locations closed except: 

    • Dewick 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

    • Fresh at Carmichael: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

    • Hotung Cafe 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

    • Kindlevan Cafe 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

    • SMFA Cafe 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

  • December 23 through January 2: All locations closed. 

  • January 3 through January 6: All locations closed except: 

    • Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center  

      • Breakfast 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

      • Lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

  • January 7 and 8: All locations closed. 

  • January 9 through January 13: All locations closed except: 

    • Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center  

      • Breakfast 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

      • Lunch 11 a..m. to 2 p.m. 

  • January 14: All locations closed. 

  • January 15: All other locations closed except:

    • Dewick and Carmichael dining centers open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • January 16: All other locations closed except:

    • Dewick and Carmichael dining centers open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

    • SMFA Cafe open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • January 17: All other locations closed except:

    • Dewick and Carmichael dining centers open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

    • SMFA Cafe open 8 a.m. to noon. 

    • Commons Marketplace open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

    • Hodgdon Food-on-the-Run open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

    • Hotung Cafe, Kindlevan Cafe, and Mugar Cafe are open 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

    • Pax et Lox deli is open 5 to 8 p.m. 

  • January 18: Regular dining hours resume at all locations. 

Students who (1) meet certain financial aid criteria, (2) have a meal plan during either the fall or spring term, and (3) are approved to reside on campus over winter break due to exceptional circumstances will receive winter break meal support. Students meeting those criteria will be contacted by email with information. Students with questions about this program can contact the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at 617-627-3158 or

Winter Break Hours

Most Tufts offices are closed December 23 to January 2 and reopen during business hours, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning on January 3. Several programs and facilities that usually have operations that extend outside business hours will operate on more limited availability. 

Tisch Library

  • December 23 through January 1: Closed 

  • January 2 through January 6: 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

  • January 7 and January 8: Closed 

  • January 9 through January 13: 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

  • January 14 through January 16: Closed 

  • January 17: Regular hours resume

Mayer Campus Center

  • December 22: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • December 23 through January 2: Closed 

  • January 3 through January 6: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • January 7 and January 8: Closed 

  • January 9 through January 13: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • January 14 through January 16: Closed 

  • January 17: TBD

  • January 18: Regular hours resume

Tisch Fitness Center

  • December 24 through January 2: Closed 

  • January 3 to January 15: reduced hours by day

    • Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

    • Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

    • Saturday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

    • Sunday: 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

  • January 16: Regular hours resume

Counseling and Mental Health Service

The 24/7 counselor on call will be available as usual for mental health emergencies

Health Service

The Health Service has limited hours for routine visits during the break, but the 24/7 nurse line remains available throughout break for non-emergency medical consultation. 

  • Closed for routine appointments from December 23 to January 2 

  • January 3 through January 17: 

    • Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. 

    • Closed Saturdays and Sundays 

International Center

The International Center will be closed from 2 p.m. on December 22 until regular hours resume on January 3. Emergency on-call and contact information will be posted to the I-Center's website


All SMFA buildings will be closed December 23–January 2 when the university is closed. The Mission Hill building will be open to SMFA graduate students and Senior Thesis students January 3–17 and specialized studios will be available by appointment to those students during that time. All SMFA buildings, including the art store, will be closed to undergraduate students (except those enrolled in Senior Thesis) for the duration of the break.


The Davis Square shuttle, the SMFA Connected shuttle, and SMFA Beacon Direct shuttle will operate on limited hours. Generally shuttles will operate on a the regular schedule through December 22, then a reduced schedule on December 23, have no service December 24 through January 14, and operated a limited schedule January 15 through 17.

View Winter Break Shuttle Bus Schedule


The MBTA operates usual service throughout the break except for December 24 and 25, and December 31 and January 1, when there is less frequent service. Students can get to the main rail hubs, North Station and South Station, and to Logan Airport for around $2 on the MBTA. If you return via Logan Airport, the Silver Line trip from the airport is free.

See MBTA holiday hours

Massport Shuttle 

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) operates a shuttle from the Hynes Convention Center in Back Bay to Logan Airport for $3. Taking the shuttle also grants you to priority access at the TSA security checkpoint. The return trip from Logan Airport to Hynes Convention Center is free. There is direct access to the Hynes Convention Center from Tufts via the MBTA. 

Learn more and get tickets

Off-Campus Housing Considerations 

You are responsible for your home, even when you are out of town. If you are leaving town during winter break, make a plan for: 

  • Snow and ice removal: Most municipalities near Tufts require snow to be cleared from the sidewalk in front of your home within six daylight hours of the end of snowfall, regardless of whether you are home or on vacation. In addition, you should also shovel your property’s walkway and porch if the mail carrier or others need to access it during the break. If all housemates will be gone during winter break, make arrangements with landlord, a neighbor, or a snow removal service to ensure sidewalk, walkways, driveway, and other areas are shoveled, de-iced, and clear down to pavement. 

  • Parking: If you are leaving your car near your home while out of town, make sure it can remain parked legally for the duration of your trip. Most streets have intermittent parking restrictions for street sweeping, planned maintenance, and other activities. In case of snowfall, your car needs to be on a designated side of the street in order to avoid being damaged by snow plows. You could choose to park in your driveway or on campus to avoid possible conflicts with street parking. 

  • Trash: To prevent rats and other challenges, no trash should be left outside your home for more than a few days and even then, should be in a closed cart provided by the city. If you are going to be out of town, put as much trash and recycling out on the trash day before you leave and take anything that accumulates between then and your departure date to a designated city collection site. Your neighbors generally do not appreciate leaving trash barrels at the curb for the duration of an out of town trip. 

  • Temperature: You can save significant energy and cost during break by lowering your heat and turning off and unplugging most electric appliances. Consult with your landlord to determine optimal thermostat setting and which appliances are safe to unplug.