Thanksgiving Break Housing

The residence halls close for Thanksgiving Break on Wednesday, November 25 at 9am. Due to the change in the 2020-2021 academic year, we will close for Thanksgiving and Winter break. Please refer to the Winter Break Housing page for more Winter break information.

Limited Break Housing is available in for the following reasons:

  • International Students
  • VU athletes in mid-season with practice and/or games over break
  • Students whose home is 500 or more miles from Valparaiso, Indiana
  • Students participating in a credit-bearing activity such as student teaching, internship, or co-op

Students ARE NOT automatically eligible for break housing if they hold an on or off-campus job that is not directly associated with a credit-bearing academic program.

If you do not meet any of the above criteria for Break Housing, you may submit a request based on an “Other” type of reason. PLEASE NOTE that if you are approved for Break Housing for non-University related reason(s), you will be charged a $25 per night fee for utilizing University Break Housing.

Break Housing applications are available on your Housing Self-Service. To access your Housing Self-Service page log onto DataVU then select “Housing Self-Service.” Once on your Housing Self-Service page, select the “Applications” tab and then select the “Thanksgiving Break Housing Application.”

If you are not a current resident of Alumni or Promenade you are required to obtain permission from a resident of Alumni or Promenade to occupy their room during the vacation period. Your host needs to be of the same gender. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO USE THEIR KEY. You will not be given a key to their room by the Office of Residential Life.

Residential Life has limited spaces available in Alumni Hall to host students who do not reside in break buildings or cannot find a host. Students applying for break housing after 5pm on Monday, November 11 will not be guaranteed housing in a space provided by Residential Life.


The Office of Residential Life must receive applications for Thanksgiving Break housing by 5:00 p.m. on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2019.  Additionally, students who do not properly sign up for break housing by the posted deadlines and need accommodations may also have to pay a late application fee ($50) to receive permission to reside on campus during the break period.

If your plans change, including the dates you need break housing, or if you need to cancel your request, please contact our office at or 219-464-5413.

Notification of the status of your break housing request will be sent to Valparaiso University emails no later than Wednesday, November 13, 2019.