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. There is no fee for staying on campus during Spring Break in March.

Limited Campus Resources

Many offices on campus are closed or working with minimal staff over the Winter 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 be closed from noon on December 23 until 8:30 am on Monday, January 4, but 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:

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 December 25 and January 1. 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, December 23 at noon through Monday, January 4 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, December 23 through Monday, January 4 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 Public Safety and Service 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.


Beginning December 15, LITS will open select spaces to residential students who are remaining on campus after exams are completed. This is a pilot opening. Please note that while seat reservations will not be required at this time, they will be required when we reopen these spaces for the spring semester.  

The Information Commons and the MEWS will be open from 9 am until 4 pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday December 15 through Friday December 18
  • Monday December 21 through Wednesday December 23
  • Monday January 4 through Friday January 8

You will enter these spaces through the Extended Hours Entrance into the Information Commons, and leave the complex through the MEWS, exiting at the Copper Beech Tree door. An accessible entrance and exit will be available at the Dwight ground level, facing Shattuck Hall, with elevator access up to level 1.

LITS staff are very excited to be able to safely provide these spaces, and we appreciate your help in keeping these spaces safe for both students and staff. LITS physical service desks are closed, but staff are available to provide remote support. Visit the LITS services and hours page for contact methods and service team hours.

Strict adherence to campus safety protocols and the Community Compact are expected:

  • Face coverings over your mouth and nose must be worn in all LITS spaces.
  • Physical distancing and a minimum of 6 feet between people is always expected. Please do not move chairs or other furniture. They have been carefully positioned to ensure that distancing can be maintained at all times.
  • We are not allowing food in the complex at this time. A water bottle will be permitted. Please adjust your face covering immediately following use.
  • Sanitizing wipes and handwashing supplies will be provided in these spaces. Please wipe surfaces before and after use, and wash your hands frequently.
  • Public computers in the Information Commons and MEWS are being prepared for the spring semester and may not be available during the pilot. Please bring a laptop if you need to work on a computer.
  • Available restrooms are: 1) located on level 4 across from the Miles-Smith elevator and 2) level 1 of Dwight.

Your questions and feedback are always welcome. If you have questions or suggestions about this pilot, write to


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 a special shuttle to Trans World Market and Trader Joe’s/Target in Hadley. This shuttle will be first come/first serve and will make a continuous loop between the Blanchard Bus Stop and these two locations. This shuttle will run from 12–4 pm on Tuesday, December 22, 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. Open hours after January 4 are TBA.

Sports & Recreation

Kendall Sports and Dance Complex

Kendall will close on December 12.

Kendall will be checking out limited equipment (yoga mats, jump ropes, dumbbells) on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, December 15, 2pm-4:30pm
  • Thursday, December 17, 9:30am-12:30pm

Equipment will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must be in-person to check out equipment.


Students will continue being tested twice a week, and the center will maintain their normal hours through December 18 from 9:30 am-5 pm. During the week of December 21 and December 28 testing will only be open on Monday so all students remaining on campus MUST get tested on Monday, December 21 and Monday, December 28.

The testing center will be open the following hours in January: 

  • Monday, January 4: 7am-11am and 1pm-5pm only 
  • Thursday, January 7: 7am-11am and 1pm to 5pm only 
  • Monday, January 11: 7am to 11am and 1pm to 5pm only 
  • Tuesday, January 12: 7am to 6pm 
  • Thursday, January 14: 7am to 6pm 
  • Friday, January 15:  7am to 5:30 pm
  • Saturday, January 16: 8am to 6pm

 Please remember that your One Card is required for testing.


More information about events during the break will be coming soon and will be emailed directly to students.

Blanchard Hours

Blanchard will remain open from Tuesday, December 15 through Friday, Decembr 18, 9 am – 4pm.

Blanchard will be closed after December 18.

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 is available. A limited amount of summer housing is available for current students. Students will be placed in single-occupancy rooms. Students who wish to secure summer housing at the College are required to apply with the Office of Residential Life in April. Guests should be accommodated off campus. More information is available on the Summer Housing page.