Break Housing

October Break, November Break, December Break and March Break

All residence halls remain open for the October, November (Thanksgiving) and March (Spring) break periods. Limited meals served and minimal levels of campus services are available. 

For the 2020-2021 academic year, November break is the period between November 25 and November 30. December break housing is only open for domestic and international students who are currently on-campus residents. There is a $380 fee to stay on campus during November 25-December 15 period. For those staying from November 25-January 14 the fee is $1,000. This is a flat fee and will be charged to those staying for any part or all of this period.

Limited Campus Resources

Many offices on campus are closed or working with minimal staff over the November Break. If you have an emergency, you should contact Public Safety & Services at (413) 538-2304 as they are open 24 hours, 7 days a week. The Office of Residential Life will also be closed from noon on November 25 until 8:30 am on Monday, November 30, there is always a Professional Staff member on call in case of emergency. You can contact them through Public Safety & Service by requesting to speak with the Professional Staff on Call should you need their assistance.


The Dining Commons will be open at the following times:

Wednesday, November 25
Breakfast 7:30 am-9 am
Lunch 11:45 am-1:15 pm
Dinner 5 pm-7 pm

Thursday, November 26
Dinner only 5 pm-7 pm

November 27-28
Lunch 11:45 am-1:15 pm
Dinner 5 pm-7 pm

November 29-Mid January
Lunch 11:30 am-1 pm
Dinner 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

More information about the Dining Commons and stations open can be found the dining common’s Opening and Closing Schedule website.

Please note: The Dining Commons will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. Take out options will be available the day prior.

MHC dollars that came with your meal plan do not roll over from semester to semester. Please be sure to use them on laundry before you leave this semester.

Health Services

The Health Center will be closed starting Wednesday, November 25 at noon through Monday, November 30 at 8:30 am. There will be no medical services provided on campus.

There will be a clinician on call from Noon on Wednesday until 8 am on Monday. Students can call 413-538-2242 to speak with a clinician. Students can also use cab services to reach an Urgent Care center or the ER if needed. Contact Public Safety & Service 413-538-2304 for authorization.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services will be closed from Noon, Wednesday, November 25 through Monday, November 30 at 8:30 am. The Counseling Service 24/7 Care and Support Line can be accessed at any time for urgent concerns and support by calling 413-538-2037 and following the prompts to be connected with a clinician. If you are experiencing a psychiatric emergency, call Campus Police or go to the nearest emergency room (Holyoke Medical Center is closest to MHC). Additional information and resources can be found on the Counseling Service website.


The CVS/BIG Y shuttle is first come/first serve and will travel from the Blanchard Bus Stop to CVS, then to Big Y, and then loop back to campus. The shuttle will run every Monday between 3 pm and 6 pm. It will make continuous loops to pick up and drop off students.

We will also offer two special shuttles to Trans World Market and Trader Joe’s/Target in Hadley. These shuttles will be first come/first serve and will make a continuous loop between the Blanchard Bus Stop and these two locations. These shuttles will run from 12 pm-4 pm on Wednesday, November 25 and on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.

Mail Services

Auxiliary Services will have adjusted hours beginning Thanksgiving week through New Years. The hours are listed on the Auxiliary Services website. All regular services including mail/parcel pickup and dropoff will be provided on these dates. Please be aware that the college will be closing at 12 pm on Wednesday, November 25, so all outbound mail needs to be at Auxiliary Services by 11:30 am. Open hours after January 4 are TBA.

Sports & Recreation

Kendall Sports and Dance Complex

Kendall will close at noon on Wednesday, November 25. Kendall will reopen Monday, November 30 until December 12, 4:30-8 pm Monday-Friday and 12 pm-2 pm Saturday.


Students will continue being tested twice a week, and the center will maintain their normal hours through December 15 from 9:30 am-5 pm with one holiday exception, testing will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 so all students remaining on campus MUST get tested on either Monday, November 23 or Tuesday, November 24.

Regular hours will resume on Monday, November 30-December 15. Please remember that your One Card is required for testing.


Residential Life Staff are planning some to go programming kits! More information about how and where to pick up those kits will be emailed to students.

Blanchard Hours

Blanchard will remain open from Wednesday, November 25 through Tuesday, December 15 with the following hours:

  • Sunday through Thursday—12 pm to 8 pm
  • Friday and Saturday—12 pm to 10 pm

At this time Blanchard will be closed after December 15, but this may shift and we will update those staying on campus with new hours if available.

Public Transportation

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PVTA Route 38 will not operate between November 21 and January 18. Passengers should use the PVTA R29 during this time. More information can be found on the PVTA website.

Intersession Housing

Intersession housing for the 2020-2021 academic year is the period between December 15 and January 14. Students who meet eligibility have been informed. More information regarding campus services will be added as it becomes finalized.

Summer Housing

Information regarding summer 2021 housing will be available at a later date. A limited amount of summer housing is available for current students. If summer housing is limited, preference will be given to current students who are employed or doing research with a Mount Holyoke professor on campus for the summer months and international students. Students may be placed in double-occupancy rooms. Students who wish to secure summer housing at the College are required to apply with the Office of Residential Life in late March to April. Guests should be accommodated off campus. More information is available on the Summer Housing page.