Clean your Room!!

As students prepare to leave the residence halls and go home for break, HRL would like to remind students to do a general cleaning of their rooms.  Throw away any food, unplug your fridge and put a towel under it, put away any papers, and throw away any trash. Students are also asked to take their pet fish home too!  If a room has a vacancy in it, we ask that students remove any belongings from that side of the room.  Please be sure to wipe down the bathroom (where applicable).  Here is a handy checklist:


Some resources for students and parents as we approach Winter Break!

With the halls closing for Winter Break on December 20th at 10 AM, Housing and Residence Life wants to provide some resources to our parents and students who will be experiencing the first long break of the academic year.

Students and their families have changed and grown since Move-In Day in August and it’s important to recognize that expectations may have changed.

Here are some useful articles to help our Pirates and Pirate families navigate Winter Break –

When college students come home, stress and tension can mount

Winter break means adjusting to life back home

College Students Returning Home for the Holidays

Holiday Survival Guide for College Students and Parents

5 Ways to Adjust to Winter Break


Winter Break Housing Requests Now Open

The Winter Break application is now open, and will remain open until Monday, December 11th at noon. Below is a copy of the email that was just sent to residents:

All Residence Halls except for Boland Hall, Xavier Hall, Turrell Manor, and Ora Manor will close on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 at 10:00AM for Winter Break, and will re-open on Monday, January 15th at 2PM. Break Housing Applications will only be approved for those with extenuating circumstances. Break Housing is NOT GUARANTEED, and to be eligible for accommodation, you MUST follow the process and deadline schedule below, as NO EXCEPTIONS will be made.

In order to be eligible for Break Housing, you MUST meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Live more than 6 hours away from the University.
  • Be an international resident.
  • Be an active in season athlete.
  • Have a university work commitment.


If eligible for Break Housing, your break housing options are:

  • You currently reside in one of the open residence halls.
  • You have a friend, (of the same gender), who resides in one of the open residence halls and agrees to let you temporarily stay in their housing assignment during the break.
    • Please be aware that you are responsible for any damages that occur in the housing assignment during your stay.
    • It is YOUR responsibility to both receive and safely return the key to your friend.
    • There is a maximum of two break housing students per room.

How to Apply for Break Housing:

  • Where to apply:
    • Log onto PirateNet
    • Navigate to your Housing Profile under “Profile and Finances”
    • Click on “Access Housing Profile”.
    • The Break Housing Application can be found at the top of your Housing Profile under the “Application” tab, located in the black bar on the top page.
  • Who may apply: Students who meet the above criteria and have exhausted all other alternatives.
  • Who needs approval: Break Housing Applicants must receive approval from HRL Staff prior to break via email. If you do not reside in one of the halls which will remain open, it is YOUR responsibility to find a friend of the same gender who will allow you to use their room. If you are denied Break Housing, you must vacate when the residence halls close.

Break Housing Due Dates:

  • Tuesday, November 28th: Break Housing Application becomes available via your Housing Profile on PirateNet.
  • Monday, December 11th at 12PM: Break Housing Application will close. No late submissions will be accepted!
  • Tuesday, December 12th: Break Housing Applicants will be notified of approval status via email.
  • Wednesday, December 20th at 10AM: All halls (except Boland, Xavier, Ora, and Turrell) close for Winter break.  All students NOT approved, must vacate!
  • Monday, January 15th, 2018 at 2PM: Halls re-open. Dinner will be the first meal served.

Break Housing is NOT GUARANTEED. Please consider these back-up options prior to applying:

  • Find a friend to stay within the local area
  • Look up hotels to stay at in the area (if we are unable to accommodate you)
  • Find alternate modes of transportation
  • Carpool with others (you can post ride requests on your Facebook page)
  • Meet family halfway

Please be mindful that the SHU Fly and SAFE RIDE will NOT be operational during the break. During Thanksgiving Break, on campus dining options will be limited.

If you have any questions about Break Housing, please email, or contact your Residence Hall Director.

Finish the Semester Strong!

Thanksgiving Break Housing

Residence Halls will close at 10am on Wednesday, November 22nd for Thanksgiving Break and will reopen on Sunday, November 26th at 2pm.  For those students who will not be leaving for Thanksgiving break due to work obligations, athletic competitions, or the distance being too far, Boland, Xavier, Ora, and Turrell are available for break housing.

Students who need break housing must apply for break housing through the application in their housing profile which will be available November 1st-November 15th at noon. If you do not live in Boland, Xavier, Turrell, or Ora, you must find a friend who will allow you to use their room during break.   Approvals for break housing will be sent via email by November 16th.

If you’re staying in a friend’s room for the break, it is your responsibility to get their key from them before they leave for break. Remember: break housing is a privilege and you are responsible for any damage or theft that occurs from your break housing room during the duration of your stay.

Please keep in mind that SHUFly Shuttle and SAFERide will not operate during break and that campus dining options will be limited.

If you are leaving for Thanksgiving break, please unplug everything, close your window shades, remember to pack everything you’ll need for the break (including medications and homework materials), and plan to be out of your room no later than 10am on Wednesday, November 22nd.  We look forward to welcoming you back to campus on Sunday the 26th at 2pm.

Happy, safe, and delicious Thanksgiving to all of our Pirates! Safe travels to and from campus!


Congratulations!! You have made it to the end of your 1st 56 Days!! If you are a senior, a freshmen or anything in between, today is a big day! We are roughly half-way through the first semester and you made it! Greek Life and HRL are celebrating today by hosting Fall@theHall for the third year in a row! Today, on the lawn near Boland Hall from 12pm to 4pm we will have many different organizations and departments hosting various activities at their tables. There will even be real farm decorations!

Again, HRL wants to congratulate all of the SHU Pirates on their accomplishments.


Wishing you a restful Fall Break!

Even leaves have to return to their roots.  It’s Fall Break and it’s time to take a few days off and catch up on yourselves for a bit.  Our residence halls will remain open and you’re welcome to stay on campus, but we’re pretty sure your family and friends at home miss you and want you to come back and visit!

However you choose to spend it, we wish you a restful, relaxing, and recuperating Fall Break!