Emergency Housing for Winter Break


Fall 2021-Spring 2022 

All university residence halls on the Atlanta campus (except for Clairmont campus apartments) close during the winter break. This year, residence halls close on Thursday, December 16, 2021, at 12 p.m.. Because buildings are not staffed, mechanical systems (e.g. heating) are shut down and preventative maintenance work is done, we cannot make exceptions to allow students to reside in or access the residence halls during this time.

The following accommodations have been identified as options for students who have no other choice but to stay in Atlanta during winter break. (Examples include students unable to return home to an international location because of COVID-19 or due to housing insecurity.) Winter break emergency housing is not available to students who are graduating in December or who are not returning for spring semester.  


Option 1Emory Conference Center Hotel (ECCH) 

For students with emergency housing needs during winter break, a special block of rooms is available at the Emory Conference Center Hotel at a reduced rate of $89 per night (plus taxes).  

Students should be prepared to move to the ECCH on December 16, 2021 and move to their spring 2022 assignment on January 5, 2022. 

Students who select this option will be responsible for setting up their reservations and paying the hotel directly via a unique reservation URL, which will be provided within one business day after completing the housing request form via the MyHousing portal. Payment is due at the time the reservation is made.

Hotel reservation information will be communicated directly to you from the Emory Conference Center Hotel. Moving assistance is not provided by Emory. Please also note that the Emory meal plan is not in operation during winter break. Therefore, students are responsible for their own dining needs.



Option 2: On-Campus Housing 

Location: The location for emergency housing has not yet been determined and will be based in part on the demand. Accommodations may be shared by two or more students and may include a shared bedroom.  

Application: The winter break emergency housing application will be open October 21 at 12 p.m., via the MyHousing portal. The application closes on November 30 or when capacity has been reached. Campus Life staff will review your request and send you a response via email. 

Assignment: Students who are approved for emergency housing on campus will be sent housing assignments, check-in/check-out dates, and other information after November 15. Moving assistance is not provided. Students should be prepared to move to their winter break assignments on December 16, 2021 and move to their spring 2022 assignments on January 5, 2022 

Fees: The residence halls are closed from December 16, 2021, to January 9, 2022. A $40 per-night fee per student will be assessed and billed to students’ OPUS accounts for housing accommodations from December 17, 2021, to January 8, 2022. Student Case Management and Intervention Services (SCMIS) will meet with students in need of financial resources for housing and/or dining to review support options. 

Dining: Students will be responsible for their own dining needs during winter break. The regular fall meal plan ends after lunch on December 15, 2021. Dobbs Common Table (DCT) will be closed at that time. Meal swipes are not active during winter break and on-campus dining options are limited. Visit Emory Dining for more information.  

Campus Life Services: The university observes winter recess from December 24 through January 1, and most university academic and administrative offices will be closed. Select Campus Life offices will be open on days that the university is open, including Residence Life, Housing Operations, Dining, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Student Health Services (SHS), and student Case Management and Intervention services (SCMIS).

The Campus Life professional and student on-call staff will be available by phone. Signs will be posted at the housing service centers (Raoul Hall and Clairmont Tower). If you need assistance in an emergency, please call the Emory Police Department at 404.727.6111 or call 911. 


Scheduled maintenance services will be completed during the winter break. This will require university staff to be in student rooms/apartments and around the buildings.