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 will be served and minimal levels of campus services are available. 

December break housing is only open for domestic and international students whose permanent home address is abroad and for students who have hardship getting or going home. There is a $380 fee to stay on campus during December 14–January 2 period. This is a flat fee and will be charged to those staying for any part or all of December Break. There is no fee for staying on campus during November Break in November and Spring Break in March.

Limited Campus Resources

Many offices on campus are closed or working with minimal staff over break periods. 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 be closed during the following time periods: 

  • November Break: from noon on Wednesday 24 until 9 am on Monday, November 29. 
  • December Break: from noon on December 23rd until 9 am on Monday, January 3, 2022.

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: 

March Break 

  • March 10: Last Day for M&C's, Frances Perk, and Kendade

  • March 11: Dining Commons closes at 10 pm

  • March 12–March 19: 

    • Breakfast: 7:15 am–9 am (BAD Station, Harvest)

    • Lunch: 11:30 am–1:30 pm (Kosher, Halal, Harvest)

    • Dinner: 5–7 pm  (Kosher, Halal, Harvest) 

Regular hours of operation resume March 20.  

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

Health Services hours of operation during spring break:

  • Closed Saturday & Sunday March 12 & 13; on call only

    • Call 413-538-2242 to access the after hours service

  • Monday March 14 to Friday March 18, open for routine and urgent care services with minimal staffing only, 10am-4pm

    • Call 413-538-2121 to schedule an appointment or speak with triage nurse

  • Closed Saturday & Sunday March 19 & 20; on call only

    • Call 413-538-2242 to access the after hours service

Health Services will resume regular hours on Monday March 21. 

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

  • The Counseling Service will close at 5 pm on March 11 and will reopen at 8:30 am on March 21. Students can access the 24/7 Care and Support line by calling 413-538-2037 and following the prompts to be connected with a clinician.

If you are experiencing a psychiatric emergency, please call 413-538-2037 and follow the prompts to be connected with a clinician. You may also call Public Safety and Service directly at 413-538-2304 or go to the nearest emergency room (Holyoke Medical Center is closest to Mount Holyoke College). Other sources of support include:

  • The Counseling Service website

  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español 1-888-628-9454; Options for Deaf and Hard of Hearing 1-800-799-4889)

  • ULifeline - online resource center for information regarding emotional health

  • The Trevor Project(support for LGBTQ+ folx) at 1-866-488-7386 or text "START" to 678678

  • The Steve Fund (crisis text line for students of color: text "STEVE" to 741741)

  • The Jed Foundation (Crisis text line: text "START" to 741741)


Spring Break 

March 11: 8 am–5 pm

March 12–March 13: Closed

March 14–March 18: 8:30 am–5:30 pm

March 19: Closed

March 20: Closes at 6 pm. 

Regular business hours resume on Monday, March 21.


Shuttles are first come, first serve and will be offered during Spring Break. More information about shuttles will be emailed directly to registered students.  

Mail Services

The Mail & Copy Center will be open during Spring Break.

Sports & Recreation

Kendall Sports Complex Hours 

  • March 11: 6:30 am–8 pm, Open Swim 11 am–1 pm only
  • March 12–March 16: CLOSED
  • March 17–March 18: 7 am–6 pm                             
  • March 19: 8 am–8 pm
  • March 20:  10 am–8 pm

*No Open Swim Saturday, March 12–Sunday, March 20.

The schedule can always be found on our website.
Regular hours resume March 21, 2022.


COVID-19 Testing Center Hours: 

  • Monday–Friday: 9 am–3 pm


More information about events during the break will be emailed directly to registered students.  Events are only available to registered students.

Blanchard Hours

Spring Break

  • March 11: 7:30 am–10 pm
  • March 12: 9 am–9 pm
  • March 13: 9 am–9 pm
  • March 14–March 18: 8 am–9 pm
  • March 19: 9 am–9 pm
  • March 20: 9 am–9 pm

Regular Hours will resume on Monday, March 21st at 7:30 am.

Public Transportation

The PVTA Route 38 will not operate between March 12 and March 19. More information can be found on the PVTA website.

Intersession Housing

Intersession housing for the 2021–2022 academic year is the period between January 2, 2022 and January 22, 2022. All students who wish to return to campus for any portion of Intersession must register AND provide a valid reason for being here. You will note on the January Registration Form  on my.mtholyoke that there are several reasons established to be eligible to stay on campus.  Students in a prior SGA meeting on this topic developed the criteria.  You must select your reason and provide the necessary details on the registration form.   We will use the details provided to verify your need to stay.

Reasons students can stay on campus in January include:

  • Taking a course within the 5 Colleges
  • Independent/course study work with a faculty member (must list faculty name)
  • Off-campus employment
  • On-campus employment
  • Required athletic commitment
  • International Student
  • Hardship (could include hardships caused by travel, strained financial resources, personal emergencies, etc.)

Summer Housing

Information regarding Summer 2022 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 will 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.