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Break Housing and Early Arrival Policy

IUP offers housing during breaks (Fall, Winter, and Spring). Space is limited, and there are a number of restrictions on break housing.


Break housing is available at no cost to students who file a Break Housing Application by the break housing deadline and meet the following criteria: (1) the student must be an international student, or (2) the student must be required to stay on campus due to activities associated with IUP (such as sporting events, theater productions, etc.) In these cases, written verification from the university supervisor/advisor is required with the application, and housing can only be offered if space is available. In addition, students must be living on campus during the semester and must submit the Break Housing Application no later than the established deadline. If you miss the deadline, you will be billed at a rate of $30 per night for break housing, providing we have space available.

For a fee, and as space permits, break housing is also available to students who miss the established deadline or who need to stay due to employment, enrollment in a course, or other extenuating circumstances. The cost is $30 per night/per person. The Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining will approve these requests on a case-by-case basis.

Important Note

Due to severe space limitations we will, in all likelihood, not be able to honor many break housing requests. International students, of course, will be accommodated; however, any remaining spaces we may have, if any, will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We are strongly advise students who need housing over the break period to seek off-campus accommodations.


Break housing is located in Wallwork Hall.

Sleeping Accommodations

If you do not currently reside in Wallwork Hall, you will be assigned to a lounge in Wallwork (furnished with bunk beds). Students are responsible for providing their own bed linens.


IUP dining facilities will not be open during the break period.


There is a community assistant (CA) team assigned to the building throughout the break period. The office will be staffed during select hours each day to provide recreation equipment and answer questions. If there is an emergency, there will be phone numbers and duty schedules posted throughout the building so you can reach the CA on call. Additionally, University Police can be reached 24 hours a day at 724 357-2141.


The building will be locked 24 hours a day. Only students approved to stay in break housing will have access to the building through their I-Card or temporary card access.


No overnight guests are permitted during the break period.


Smoking is not permitted in any of the residence halls.


All residential and university policies apply during the break period. If you have any questions concerning policies, please review the Residence Hall Contract for Housing and Dining Services or the Source.

During break, all university residential facilities, with the exception of Wallwork and University Towers, will be closed and locked. Students are not permitted in the residence halls during the break period, and Wallwork and University Towers will be available only for students who have applied for and been assigned to break housing residency.

Spring Semester Closing 2014

All university residence halls, apartments, and suites will be closed at the end of the Spring semester.  Residents are asked to notify their community assistant (CA) of the day and approximate time they expect to check out of their residence hall, apartment, or suite.

Residence Hall Closing

All students except graduating seniors must vacate their room/apartment/suite no later than 24 hours after their last final examination. Students with final exams on Friday, May 9, must vacate their room/apartment/suite no later than 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 10. Graduating seniors may remain in their room/apartment/suite (only if they sign up in their hall office by Sunday, May 4) until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, but must complete all checkout procedures prior to that time by making special arrangements with the staff responsible for that building.

At checkout, students must return all room/apartment/suite keys to a staff member in their building.  A community assistant will complete an inspection of the room/apartment/suite at that time and compare the condition of the room/apartment/suite to the information recorded on the Room/Apartment/Suite Condition Form at check-in. Residents are encouraged to initiate the checkout process with a staff member from their particular floor. It is the student’s responsibility to bring damaged and/or missing items to a staff member’s attention prior to completing checkout. Students will receive the blue copy of the Room/Apartment/Suite Condition Form upon completion of the checkout process. All damages and/or missing items will result in an assessment of charges at the current cost of materials and labor. After closing, the building director will conduct a final room/apartment/suite inspection to insure the accuracy and appropriateness of any student billings.

Each resident must clean his/her portion of the room/apartment/suite so that it is left in the condition it was found at check-in. All articles and possessions must be removed from the room/apartment/suite, including such materials as shelf paper, rugs, curtains, wood frames, etc. prior to the preliminary inspection. Nothing should be left in drawers and closets or under beds. Trash cans should be completely emptied. All furnishings must be returned to their original position prior to the preliminary inspection.

Failure to check out properly or failure to leave the room/apartment/suite in an acceptable condition will result in the assessment of a $25 fee for improper check out.

Residents of University Towers, Delaney, Putt, Ruddock, Suites on Maple East, Suites on Pratt, Wallwork, Stephenson, and Northern Suites are reminded to clean their kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom. Failure to clean these areas may result in additional charges. 

Belongings cannot be stored in any building after Spring semester closing.

  • Remove all perishable food.
  • Completely empty all trash cans.
  • Leave heat valves open in traditional halls.
  • Close drapes/pull window shades halfway.
  • Close and securely latch windows, turn lights out, and lock door.
  • Shut off all electrical appliances/items, and check that no outlets are overloaded.

Note: As an added precaution, it is recommended that all electrical appliances/items (except refrigerators) are disconnected from the wall outlets during the November break period. Food service is not available during the vacation.


The dining hall schedule is as follows:

  • Foster
    • Last meal served: Noon on Saturday, May 10
  • Folger
    • Last meal served: 9:00 p.m. on Thursday , May 8
  • Hub Rock Cafe
    • Last meal served: 8:00 p.m. on Thursday , May 8  
  • Oak Room
    • Last meal served: 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9
  • Java City Library
    • Last meal served: 2:00 p.m. on Thursday , May 8
  • POD - Putt
    • Last meal served: 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 9
  • POD - Wallwork
    • Last meal served: 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 9
  • Eberly Café
    • Last meal served: 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9

Important Information

Residents are advised that any necessary maintenance and/or custodial services will continue to be performed during the break period.

Please refer any special circumstances regarding checkout to your residence hall director. Do not drive on any grass areas or park in any reserved or handicap parking spaces.

For information on break housing, please contact the Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining at 724-357-2696.

Should you have any questions regarding the above, please contact a residence life staff member in your building.

Good luck on finals, and have a great summer!

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